5 Tips for Keeping Ants Out of Your Home
Don’t forsake ants completely, because they are a big help when it comes to aerating soil, eating lawn pests and pollinating flowers. But once they enter the threshold of your home or even the porch, it’s time to take action against the invasion. Here are five proven ways to keep ants out of your home.
#1: Boric Acid
Give ants their walking papers by sprinkling Boric acid along any cracks or crevices where you’ve spotted the intruders. Fill the tip of a turkey baster with the powder and then squeeze the air compressor to expel the Boric acid into corners, cracks, and crevices. Note: Remember that Boric acid is toxic and shouldn’t be used if young children or pets are present.
#2: Chalk Line
Draw a chalk line around home entry points to keep ants from getting too close. Ants don’t like the calcium carbonate in the chalk, so scattering powdered chalk around your garden is a plant-friendly way to keep ants and slugs at bay.
#3: The Flowerpot Method
Flush out persistent fire ants by turning a flowerpot upside down over their hill and pouring boiling water through the drain hole. It’s not the kindest way of giving ants the boot, but it may be necessary if the ants you are dealing with are harming you and your family.
Squirt lemon juice on thresholds, windowsills, holes or cracks where the ants are entering. They hate the smell and will hopefully find a new place to call home. Alternatively, blend oranges into a smooth puree, and add some warm water before pouring the mixture over the offending ant hill.
#5: A Vinegar Eviction
Use a spray bottle of vinegar to spot treat ant invasions. Indoors, or outdoors during camping trips, it makes for an inhospitable environment for ants because they hate the smell of vinegar.
The Ant Experts
If you’ve got a particularly stubborn group of ants inhabiting your home, don’t let them walk all over you! Contact the expert exterminators at Critter Control® West Palm Beach. We’ll work with you and your ant infestation to make sure they get out and stay out. For a free consultation, call us today at 561-274-0224.