How to get Rid of Ants
Ants are a menace, whenever they invade a property in Columbia, SC especially due to their large numbers and mobility. Ants are both inconveniencing and destructive. Some of them are also aggressive and will attack people and pets alike. Ant invasions are mostly common during the warm or rainy seasons. Ants are a social species and therefore live in colonies. This makes them even more destructive and harder to control. While some ant species prefer staying outdoors, there are a number of species that will invade the house. Some examples of such species include the carpenter, pharaoh, pavement, acrobat and the odorous house ants.
Getting rid of ants can be a little bit tricky and you may occasionally find it necessary to hire an exterminator, especially if the invasion has escalated. Pesticides are on a number of occasions the perfect way of getting rid of ants. There are some household remedies you could try first for a temporary fix.
A common ingredient in households, cinnamon can actually be pretty effective in controlling ants. Cinnamon has a characteristic smell that makes it an efficient ant repellent. Although it doesn’t kill the pests, it ensures that ants are kept out of your house. Ants that are already in the house will also be repelled by its smell. One of the perks of using cinnamon for ant control is the fact that it is affordable and easy to use. You can use either cinnamon essential oil or ground cinnamon. The cinnamon is applied along the ants’ paths or entry points. If they have a nest on the property, you should also consider pouring the cinnamon into the nest.
White vinegar is known for its strong smell. Ants too find this smell repulsive and will hardly survive in an environment on which it is applied. To use white vinegar, you will need a spray bottle, water and a few drop of essential oil. Spray the mixture along the common routes such as around baseboards. Besides the repelling strong smell, vinegar is also effective due to its ability to mask the scent trails of the ants, thereby making them lose direction.
Eliminate Possible Food Sources
Cutting the food supply is a pretty effective pest control strategy. This strategy works quite well on ants too. For ants to invade a property, their source of food is definitely close by. Keep your kitchen counter tops clean and dry at all times. You also need to regularly empty and clean your trash cans. Sugar and other substances that attract ants should also be kept in tight places to prevent their reach.
Use of insecticides is an alternative for those that seek swift results. You will however need to learn how to use and the safety measures to observe to prevent their negative effects.