Where ever you find food, whether in your house or at a picnic in the park, you might also find ants. If you have an ant infestation, you might turn to a variety of commercial products, DIY concoctions, and other tricks that promise to get rid of ants fast.

Unfortunately, many of these strategies are ineffective. Here are a few of the most common ant-busting mistakes homeowners make.

Ignoring a Minor Infestation

A few ants inside your home might seem like a minor inconvenience that is quickly eliminated. However, when you take a closer look around your house, you might discover that a few ants in the kitchen or bathroom are the tip of the iceberg.
Even large ant colonies can hide and thrive inside your home without you even noticing. Check these potential hiding spots throughout your home for ants:

  • Inside your walls. Ants will nest inside walls because of the moisture and protection. Damage to the exterior walls provides an easy access point for ants as well.
  • Under a concrete slab. Pavement ants get their name from the species’ affinity for living under concrete, including your slab. Although pavement ants are typically dormant in the winter, if there is enough heat emanating from your home through the slab, pavement ants can be seen during colder temperatures.
  • Inside your kitchen cabinets. Unkempt kitchen cabinets provide an ideal place for ants to not only find food but in some cases even build a nest.

Check for ants in other spots throughout your home if you notice a few ants roaming under your appliances, near window frames, and behind drapes or blinds.

Failing to Determine How the Ants Are Getting Into Their HomeAnts can squeeze through very small cracks or holes, so check the perimeter of your home. Repair any foundation cracks or damage and replace or repair any damaged or missing siding.

Next, cover any exposed food, fix leaking pipes, store your pet food off the floor, clean up any food messes right away, and keep your indoor garbage covered. Ants are attracted to the smell of food and the presence of moisture. Making it tricky to access food will make your home less hospitable.

Trying Strong Pesticides FirstBefore buying pesticides at your local hardware store, try safer options to trap and get rid of ants. For example, commercial ant traps use a sweet substance to attract ants before trapping them inside a small plastic container. Make your own simple ant trap by pouring a sticky substance, such as honey, on top of a disposable plate.

Place the commercial ant traps throughout your home according to the package directions. For example, the manufacturer might recommend placing the traps near your doors, windows, on the kitchen counters, and anywhere else you have noticed ants inside your home. Check the ant traps daily and when they are full or you have caught several ants, toss the trap into an outdoor garbage can.

Attempting to Get Rid of the Ants on Their OwnFinally, whether you have a few ants in the house or a full-blown infestation, getting rid of ants on your own might not be an effective method.

Contact a professional to help you figure out how ants are getting into your home, how to get rid of the infestation, and how to prevent ants from getting back inside. A professional will determine if pesticides are a good option for you and will apply a product strategically and safely.

Ants are a nuisance that can easily get into your home, but ants are often hard to get rid of. Contact the professionals at Diam Pest Control with any of your questions and concerns.