As with all pest problems, the best ant treatment is to keep them out of your home in the first place. Unlike cockroaches or rodents, ants can fit in extremely small gaps to make their way inside. That means sometimes you won’t know where the possible entry points are until you see a long line of ants coming through. Once you do, make sure to seal these gaps with caulk.Also, by keeping all food sealed in airtight containers and reducing the amount of standing water in your home, you give ants no reason to make their way inside. In fact, certain scents like bay leaves or peppermint oil have been shown in some cases to repel ants, so they may be worth a try in high-risk areas like the pantry.
Don’t Ignore the Scouts
Sometimes it’s only one or two small ants, but many scouts are paving the way for the whole colony to come marching in. If you see any scouts, squish them before they can report back to the colony, establish a scent trail and cause real problems.
A Pound of Cure
If you already have a serious infestation – something less manageable than a line of ants – you may want to bring out the big guns. There are DIY ant treatment options out there, but if you have an infestation you should consider calling a professional pest control company. With professional treatment, you can solve your ant problem at the source and have much less of a chance for future infestation.
Really bad infestations shouldn’t be tackled alone. If you have ant problems in Little Rock, need ant treatment in Conway, or want to get rid of ants for good in Jacksonville contact our team at Clark Exterminating today!