Tips for Handling an Ant Infestation
If you have ever dealt with an ant infestation, you already know what a hassle this problem is. The goal is to learn preventative steps but also to identify a problem before it becomes too serious. However, if you are in the middle of an infestation, the information provided will certainly help. Before getting into remedies, we wanted to address the most common signs of an ant problem.
Keep in mind, different types of ants appear during the year so you could have an ant infestation more than once in a single year. Some of the more annoying species include the carpenter ant, which is determined, the sugar ant, tiny and hard to eliminate, and the fire ant, which has a painful bite. Ants love hiding in and around various structures to include:
Swarmers – These winged ants fly in the spring so pay attention to spider webs in light fixtures and on window sills and if you notice any winged ants, you know a problem is on its way.
Frass – This is a material comprised of soil, wood shavings, and even dead or dismembered ants and other insects. Ants make nests from the material, which is often seen in window sills and spider webs.
Small Window Openings – An ant infestation could be identified by looking at your window sills. If you notice tiny openings that look at slits, ants have been there, using this opening as a place to throw the frass away.
At the first sign of an ant infestation, you need to take action. Ants are hardy, diligent, determined, and they multiply. Therefore, the quicker you can get the problem under control the better. A few of the more effective remedies for resolving this problem include:
Place cooked grits on a plate and set it down at the location of the ants. After eating the grits, they expand inside the belly, causing the ants to die.
If the ant infestation involves your hummingbird feeder, take a sheet of fabric softener, and with a rubber band, wrap it around the hanger. For some reason, ants will not walk onto the sheet.
Sprinkle baby powder around the various entry points into the house. In addition to ants not stepping in the power, this method of getting rid of an ant infestation is safe, especially for homes with small children and/or pets.
Create a line of lemon juice at enter points, which also keeps ants away
Create a solution of household bleach and water, fill a spray bottle, and spray any known living area of the ants, trails, and entry points
If the ant infestation problem is around the window sills, cut orange peels and place them on the sill
To stop sugar ants from getting inside, mix equal parts of borax with sugar and then use water to make a paste that would be spread in small amounts on known entry points
If you have a problem with ants getting into your pet’s food bowl, draw a thin line of Vaseline around the bowl
A mixture of baking soda and cinnamon can be sprinkled into ant holes, around damaged areas, or near points of entry to help with an ant infestation.