Tips to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

The best way to keep your ants from infesting your home in the first place is with a heavy dose of prevention.

Like any other creature, exterminate ants, spend most of their time trying to survive. Environments conducive to their survival attract them.

Figure out what they’re looking for, make sure you’re not offering it, and the infestation will happen at your neighbor’s house instead. In most cases, your kitchen will be the place that attracts the most ants.

Here are a few tips for how to prevent ants from infesting your home.

Cover food. Ants go the easy route: why work twice as hard for food when there’s so much food lying around? You want to make it difficult for ants to reach your food because if you do, they’ll look elsewhere. If you’re leaving food out for a prolonged period, take care to cover it.

Seal trash cans. Along the same lines as covering your food, make sure your trash cans are well sealed. If the food is hard to access, ants will find sustenance elsewhere.

Check under appliances for food. Sometimes while you’re preparing dinner, you might drop crumbs which might then roll under appliances. Ants then come along to clean it up. Check (and clean) under appliances.

Monitor your pet’s food bowl. Once Fido is finished eating, wash out his bowl. Leftover pet food and debris can attract ants.

Seal up compost. If you have compost around the house, keep it sealed and covered.

How to Get Rid of Ants

For house ants, you can use one of our favorite natural ways to get rid of ants with a Borax solution. It’s a simple but highly effective method of pest control made with ingredients you probably keep in the pantry and laundry room.

Mix the Borax and sugar and fill small containers, like bottle caps, with the solution. Place them in locations where the ants are entering your home.

If you have pets, use ½ cup sugar, three tablespoons Borax, and one cup of water instead to make a homemade ant killer.

Use this mixture on cotton balls near ant trails to kill them. If you see the ants, do not kill them directly. Instead, let them bring the Borax mixture back to the colony where it will kill the rest of the ants.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants like to dig through wood and do not carry their food back to their nest. As a result of their behavior, you’ll have to find the nesting site on your own. Look for locations that are surrounded by sawdust from the tunnels they chew through the wood.

Once you have found the nest, sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) on and around the nest. Diatomaceous earth is an organic material with edges that cut through the ant’s body.

If the ant ingests it, the sharp edges will kill it. If you have a large colony of carpenter ants, inject diatomaceous earth directly inside with a medicine dropper.

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

No one wants to find sugar ants on the kitchen counter or invading the pantry. These pesky insects need to find their food elsewhere! How to get rid of sugar ants in the kitchen or other areas of the home involvesmopping the floor at least once a day.

Careful mopping and vacuuming help to remove the ants’ pheromone trails. Cleaning and mopping will rid your home of the food and crumbs attract the ants and encourage them to look outside for their food sources.

In the kitchen, clean dishes completely and empty the trash bin regularlyto discourage them from being inside.

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