Does it seem like every time you turn around you are you finding a trail of ants on your countertop, in your pantry, and crawling along your baseboards? You may be thinking, “I thought I killed those yesterday… how do they keep coming back?”
Did You Know?
- Ants leave a chemical trail where they find food to allow other ants to return to the same spot?
- Ants have highly organized societies with division of labor, communication between each other, and the ability to solve complex problems?
- Ants have an innate ability to tap into resources, adapt to their habitats, and defend themselves?
If you want to get rid of ants, once and for all, you need to understand their behavior and use a strategic method to attack their weaknesses.
Ants either come into your home from the outside, or build nests inside. To keep ants from coming in, there are a few simple steps you can take.
- If ants are coming in your home from the outside: First, scrub any possible entryways with detergent to remove the trail previous ants may have already left. It wouldn’t hurt to give your whole kitchen or problem area a good scrub down to keep these ants from coming back. Second, be sure to close off any cracks or openings that these ants may be coming through. You may want to follow an ant trail to determine what these entrance points are.
- If ants have built nests inside your home: The most effective way to get rid of these ants is to target the nest specifically. Of course, that would mean you have to know where the colony is. So, like you would for ants coming in from the outside, follow a trail of ants and see if you can trace them back to their nest. Ants like to nest in moist woody areas in walls and under floors. Once you identify where their nests are, use a pesticide spray or ant killer to infect the nest. Be aware that ants are quick to abandon their nest at any sign of trouble, so be sure to eliminate all of the ants the first time you attack their nest, or those ants that survive will simply relocate.
Don’t waste your time killing the worker ants and waiting for new ones to come back and do the same job. If you understand the nature of ants and their intelligence and capabilities, you can easily and quickly outsmart them and keep your home ant-free.