How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home
Getting Rid of Ants in the Kitchen
Ants are most commonly found in the kitchen where the food is. Therefore, it is essential to reduce the number of ants in a localized area first before you can completely eliminate them from your home. Here’s how you can get rid of ants in your kitchen:
- Fill a spray bottle with a solution of water and some liquid detergent—be it dishwashing liquid or liquid laundry detergent. Spray the solution onto any ants crawling around in your kitchen and leave them for 5 minutes before cleaning them up with a cloth. This is a safe solution to use if you’re worried about children or pets in the house.
- Ever wondered why the ants keep returning despite your best efforts to get rid of them? This is because ants leave a scent trail for its fellow ants. Thus, you have to clean up after them to fully remove the scent trail. Simply use any cleaning products that will help to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of your kitchen surfaces and floors.
Eliminating Ants for Good
Ants often get in through the small cracks found in doors and window frames, or through the gap underneath doorways. To resolve this, get some filler from your local DIY store and seal up all the gaps you can find.
Reuse Your Coffee Grounds
Save your coffee grounds! Ants hate the smell of it so place some coffee grounds near the locations where you frequently find them to deter them from infiltrating your home.
Lock Up Your Food
The main reason behind the presence of ants in your home is because they’re attracted to the food in your kitchen. Lock your food away in airtight containers or place them in the fridge instead of leaving it around. Without food available, your home will no longer be a target of ants.