Ants are very common house pests, entering homes looking for food, water and shelter, according to the University of Minnesota Extension website. The best way to get rid of ants entirely is to destroy the nest, but sprays often help deter activity inside the home.
Sprays of permethrin, carbaryl or acephate work well on lawns and gardens, according to the the University of Minnesota Extension. Soak the area thoroughly for best results.
Spray the foundation and perimeter of the home to keep ants from entering from outside nests. Possible sprays for this purpose include permethrin, bifenthrin and carbaryl.
Sprays may not work as well as bait or dusts inside the home, according to the Ohio State University Extension website. Try permethrin, cypermethrin or tralomethrin spray indoors. Do not spray counters, eating areas and surfaces to which children and animals have access.
Hire an exterminator to eliminate major infestations. Get the ants identified at your local county extension office. Knowing which species you are dealing with may help you pinpoint food preferences or problem areas and pick the best spray.
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