Ants are attracted to food sources. As a result, it's no wonder that ants often end up inside homes. Thankfully, you can get rid of these pesky creatures without too much trouble. There are both chemical treatments such as pesticides and poisons as well as more natural treatment methods that employ the use of non-toxic products. With regular treatment, you can not only get rid of existing ants but prevent future ants from congregating inside your home or office.
Things You'll Need
Small plastic containers
Spray insecticide on the ants. Available at most grocery and drug stores, insecticides contain poisons which immediately kill ants. Direct insecticide along the entire ant trail, concentrating at the point where the ants are entering the room.
Mix three parts vinegar with one part warm water. Spray the mixture along the perimeter of the room. The vinegar's acidity will repel ants.
Place cornmeal at the points where ants tend to congregate. Ants are unable to digest cornmeal. They will eat it and then subsequently die.
Put Borax, also known as hydrated sodium borate, in small plastic containers throughout the room. Ants will eat the Borax and it will kill them. You can also mix the Borax with sugar to attract ants to it.
Sprinkle black pepper around the perimeter of the room. Ants will not cross black pepper.
Clean all exposed surfaces thoroughly. Store food in airtight containers. If there are any crumbs or liquids out, ants will undoubtedly be attracted to them. Ants are also attracted to scented toiletries such as lotions, shampoos and gels. Make sure all bottles are firmly closed.
Do not ingest insecticides. They are toxic.