How to Exterminate Ants From Your House

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Ant infestation is a major source of concern home homeowners throughout North America. According to the pest control specialists Orkin, ants are the No. 1 problem insect in the United States. There are a few ways to discourage the pests from entering at all, but the best way to exterminate indoor ants involves a series of ant bait traps. Ant bait traps are readily available at retail stores. Ants will carry the poisoned bait back to the colonies hidden in your walls and floors.

Things You'll Need

  • Ant bait traps
  • Borax
  • Sprinkle the outdoor perimeter of your home with light amounts of borax detergent. Borax is a natural deterrent to carpenter and other types of ants, and many ants will not cross the perimeter in order to enter your home. This will help prevent additional ant invasions while you exterminate the ants already inside your home.

  • Set traps at each location where you have noticed ant activity. For example, if the ants have been seen throughout your kitchen, place ant bait traps in the pantry, behind the refrigerator and next to any garbage cans.

  • Leave the ant bait traps in place for as long as necessary (or as long as they last). Most ant bait traps will last up to 90 days.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call a pest control specialist if ants have not been completely eliminated from your home within 90 days of using the ant bait traps. You may have a particularly fierce infestation of ants that may require professional extermination.
  • Maintain a clean home. Use a broom and dust pan to sweep up any areas where crumbs or food particles might be. If the ants can find alternative food sources, they won't eat the bait in the traps.
  • Put away all food items in your refrigerator or inside plastic containers. Do not leave food on counters or on tables inside your home, as the food naturally attracts the ants.
  • It may be hard to resist spraying or killing an ant you see near a trap, but you have to let it go, especially if you've recently set the traps. That ant could be on its way back to the colony with the poisoned bait.

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