Have you ever come home to find your southern Maryland house occupied by unexpected, creepy-crawly guests?
Ants, although unwelcome, often move into Maryland homes. Some species even build their nests there, meaning you might have several generations of ant families living with you.
But how do you get rid of these pesky home invaders? Fortunately, you have several options available to you.
Below, we’ll go into everything you need to know about how to get rid of ants. For our top tips at ant prevention and elimination, keep reading!
Identify the Source
No matter what you do, you won’t get rid of ants in your house if you don’t identify the source of the problem. So, as soon as you notice you have a problem, you should do some detective work and figure out why!
Ants can get into a home for a variety of reasons. Often, they become attracted to sticky and sweet foods that have been left out. One of the best preventions against ants is to clean your refrigerator and kitchen. You should wipe up food and beverage spills as soon as possible, too.
Sometimes, ants decide to vacate your home after you take care of what was attracting them in the first place.
Ants may also get into your home through cracks in the walls, open window sills, house plants, etc. If you notice more ants than usual, take a look at these common culprits. Once you’ve identified the source, you can get rid of their point of entry!
Use Household Supplies
Many Maryland homeowners have supplies to deal with ant infestations already, even though they don’t know it.
For instance, you can sprinkle large amounts of cornstarch on groups of ants. Add water onto the cornstarch. This might get messy, but it will smother the little intruders. Once they’re dead, wipe up your surfaces and repeat as necessary.
If you don’t want to kill the ants, you can use repellants instead. Mixing peppermint and lavender essential oils and then spraying the solution on your surfaces can help. Likewise, many people find it useful to brew a cup of coffee and then spread the grounds wherever they’ve seen ants.
In addition to these measures, you should check your house on a regular basis to determine if there are any new possible entry points.
Call the Professionals
Want to know one of the best ways to prevent ants from invading your home?
Having pest control come out to your home and spray for insects. Pest control teams are trained to use chemicals that eliminate pests around your house. This prevents them from eventually entering your living space.
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