You open your kitchen cupboard and—ugh!—you see ants everywhere. Literally a marching carpet swarming the sugar, the cupboard walls, even the corners. But where are they coming from? For weeks you’ve noticed a large number of stray ants crossing along baseboards or the floor—invisible pheromone trails lain to attract other ants to a food source. Cleaning these problem areas with vinegar and water seemed to work, but you never guessed you actually had an ant infestation problem. How can you eliminate ants once and for all, safely?
The good news is you can reclaim your home without dangerous chemicals that risk harming you, your family, or beloved pets. In fact there are several effective, environmentally (and home) friendly ways not just to kill ants and eliminate a whole nest—but to deter ants from entering your home.
To start, bait your ant problem out of the dark
Ant nests—deceptive for resembling tiny piles of dirt—can be difficult to see within exterior walls or outside. So, what can you do to find an ant nest?
As the saying goes, follow the money.
With pharaoh and pavement ants, that means checking “hot spots,” common areas you see bustling with ant activity. Scan your kitchen, laundry room or bathroom floors: notice how ants cross the same path back and forth, over and over? Forager ants aren’t adventure seekers; after finding moisture and food to return to the nest, they lay pheromone trails telling other ants they’ve found a tried, true path to a food source. Locating these paths can help identify points of entry in your home where you can leave ant traps or bait nearby.
That’s right: luring ants with a natural, low-toxic gel or liquid can bait ants’ appetites for its sweetness so they greedily consume it. And ant bait works slowly to allow time for several ant trips until the bait has spread throughout the entire ant nest. A small ant problem can be eliminated in less than 48 hours, while multiple colonies may take 10 days to control.
Wiping out your ant problem is not a one-size-fits-all situation.
You might be surprised to know not all ants are the same. Depending on the size of the ant infestation, in fact, complete eradication can take up to 2 months, and sometimes, ant traps only chase the ants elsewhere without completely getting rid of them.
Carpenter ants are among the most common, persistent—and destructive—household insect pests, Left untreated, a colony can quickly spawn satellite nests anywhere else that wood is softened by moisture, decay, or other insects. Carpenter ant colonies typically require targeted pesticides to eliminate trails or areas of suspected food sources, though avoid treating areas where the spray could come into direct contact with people and pets. When floors or baseboards are your “ant hot spots,” however, keep everyone away until the treated areas dry.
Of course, strong chemicals aren’t the only option to eliminate ants. Magical Pest uses a range of organic products that will keep your home chemical-free while still getting rid of your ant problem.
Contact a professional ant removal company to eliminate your ant problem
Perhaps you’ve already tried ant bait and traps—and still, the ants won’t go. Winning the war if you have a widespread ant problem can demand a variety of specialized ant extermination methods that require training to ensure safety. If inhaled or used improperly, insecticides can cause life-threatening breathing problems, as well as dizziness, skin irritations, abdominal cramping—or worse, in rare cases, a slowed heart rate, convulsions, and even coma. Yet as your ant problem keeps getting bigger…and bigger…and BIGGER, take heart: there are simple, effective options out there.
Magical Pest’s teams of ant exterminators—let us be your last, best line of defense—have spent years performing exterminations with the quickest, safest and most effective ant pesticides. Contact Magical Pest today to find a solution to get rid of ants once and for all.