Ants can cause issues

Do you have an ant problem.

Finding ants in your home, however frustrating it may be, is a sure sign of summer. Traps or sprays may eliminate them temporarily, but the key to getting rid of them for good lies in finding the source of the entry.

Where you see one, you’re bound to see others. That’s because they leave a scented trail that other ants follow. Sweeping or mopping isn’t enough to eliminate the scent. Instead, mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water in a spray bottle for a safe way to get rid of them in the home, then spray wherever you’ve seen them in the past. This will stop outdoor nesting ants that entered the house to forage for food (ants that come inside are not necessarily trying to establish a nest). Vinegar and water won’t stop ants that are already nesting indoors. You’ll need to kill them with ant bait.
 
Ant Prevention Checklist
>> Seal and caulk openings and cracks in your home’s basement, floors, walls, pipes, drains, sumps, and ducts.
 
>> Repair screens on windows and doors.
 
>> Store garbage (especially food waste) in clean containers with tight fitting lids.
 
>> Keep counters and cupboards clean.
 
>> Clean up spills immediately with soap and water, or vinegar and water.
 
>> Clear out the clutter! Piles of textiles or papers are an inviting habitat for other insects (including ants) and rodents.
 
Eek!
The only sure way to eliminate insects in your home is to find the source of their entry. To do so, leave a dollop of syrup on a piece of cardboard overnight in the general area you’ve noticed the ants. In the morning, there should be a clear line of marching ants to and from the syrup. This should help you find where the ants are coming in.

A clean house is your first defense against ants. Sweep up food crumbs, wipe up spills, take out the garbage and don’t leave dirty dishes sitting around the house. This takes away the ants’ food source. For a safe way to get rid of ants, spray vinegar mixed with water around bowls of pet food to keep ants from feasting there.

Once you eliminate the ants in your house and yard, take steps to ensure they don’t come back.

  • Trim back bushes, shrubs and trees that brush against your siding or roof that provide a bridge for them to reach your house.
  • Keep a 3-in. to 6-in. clearance space between the soil around the foundation and the bottom row of siding to prevent them from nesting in the siding (and make sure the soil slopes away from the house).
  • Avoid stacking firewood next to the house. Firewood makes a perfect retreat for insects.
  • If anthills pop up in bare areas, spray the mound with insecticide and plant grass in the bare spots in order to get rid of them.
  • Rake the lawn or bag the grass when you mow to eliminate thatch.

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