How to Deal with Ants


Ants are an all-round nuisance. Whether they're invading a sunny picnic or marching around in your house while you're trying to clean or work, they are frustrating insects. Occasionally, you may run into ants that bite or stung, adding pain to the frustration. Never fear though, even the toughest infestation can be dealt with.

Things You'll Need

  • Ant motels
  • Insect repellent
  • Sprayer
  • Caulk
  • Hedge clippers
  • Check your house for food that attracts ants, such as opened packages of sugar, dirty dishes left in a child's room or unwashed dishes on the sink. Rinse dishes after every meal and store them in the dishwasher if you have one until you are ready to clean them.

  • Set out ant motels, also known as ant traps, in the corners of infested rooms and along visible ant trails. The ants crawl into these traps and take the food back to the colony, where the ants eat it and die. If one bait isn’t working, try another type, as ants can be particular about what they want to eat.

  • Spray the foundation of your house with liquid insect repellent containing carbaryl or pyrethroids. This discourages ants from entry. Spray 2 to 3 feet up the foundation wall and 2 to 6 feet along the adjacent ground, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture recommends.

  • Caulk house entry points and trim back trees and shrubs that touch your house.

  • Place a dish full of water under the plates at a picnic. The ants cannot cross the water to get to your food.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place ant baits where small children and pets cannot access them.

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