Ants can be a challenge to get rid of. You need to determine if you have the time to find them or should you bring in a professional. We always try to save money and do it ourselves, but when it comes to ants, sometimes you need to bring in the big guns.
In order to start your ant removal, empty all of your cabinets and clean them with a good kitchen cleaner. Get rid of any crumbs or sticky spots. Next, go through your pantry and get rid of any open food containers. If you have any pet food that is open, be sure to get rid of it.
Scent trails guide ants to find food. Make sure you track the trail both ways to discover where they’re coming from and going. They’re part of a colony, when you are trying to eradicate the ants you see will have little effect. Sooner or later more will arrive from the colony. The nest could be hidden behind walls, inside or window frames, or beneath floorboards.
You can also spray insecticides to the nest if you’re able to detect it. To eliminate the infestation at its source, apply pesticides directly to the nest. The colony will merely reform somewhere different so make sure you use a non-repellent pesticide since it drives away from their current colony ants.
Baits are another type of bait that can be used to attract ants. Bait gels may be put directly on the surface where the ants walk. Ants bring the insecticide back to the nest once it has been applied. Allow the bait time to work.
When searching for the colony, keep track of the ants’ access points and exits to your kitchen. You don’t want to seal them before the bait has a chance to operate, but you do want to make sure that the nest is mostly gone before you start ant-proofing your kitchen. Caulk or joint compound should be used to fill the holes where your senses of sight and smell can’t reach. Get rid of rubbish piles around your house to eliminate a good place for the ants to live. Keep food sealed in air-tight containers when possible.
In this situation, you’ll need to apply the ant-killing agent immediately. If it’s your kitchen, keep in mind that you’re dealing with ants. Read the pesticide label carefully and follow the instructions. You might not want to use any synthetic chemical pesticides in your kitchen.
After resolving the problem, make every effort to prevent it from recurring. Always store food in airtight containers and avoid exposing it to outside elements. It’s easy to spot things like cleaning up fast food spills and washing dirty plates as soon as possible.
Once you have set your traps and think there are no longer any ants. Make sure you have sealed up the accesses. You then need to remove the remaining ants in the home by pesticide or natural mixture. Remember to keep all foods sealed and cabinets cleaned. If all of this does not work you need to call a professional.