If you have an ant problem in your home, you will want to take care of it right away before it gets out of control. Ants are pesky insects and they can leave you feeling dirty when you see them walking around your home. Here are some ideas that you can use to rid your home of these intruders without using harsh commercial sprays.

A Few Prevention Tips

Before getting into the kinds of household sprays you can use to get rid of ants, you should know a few ways to make sure that they do not return after you get rid of them. Ants will stay in any area that has a food supply, so making sure that you have all your food in covered containers that are tightly sealed is very important. They also will stay where there are areas that are not kept clean, as they will usually be able to find scraps of food in a crumb form. Do a complete cleaning of the affected area and keep it clean so that the ants do not return.

Use a deterrent to keep ants from entering entryways. You can use any combination of these ingredients to sprinkle or mix with water and spray around doorways or areas where you have seen ants: vinegar, salt, talc, peppermint oil, cinnamon or pepper. All of these things have scents that ants do not care for.

Outdoors, place gravel against the perimeter of your home instead of having a grassy surface. Move any wood piles or grass clippings far from your home, as they attract ants, as well as other insects. Caulk any areas of the exterior of your home where you see cracks that can be used to get inside.

Killing The Ants

To get take care of existing ants, you can make a few different sprays that will kill them on contact. One method is to combine rubbing alcohol, water and dish soap. Mix a few tablespoons of soap and rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with the water. The ants will die when you spray it directly onto them. You can also make a spray of peppermint oil and water to slow ants down so that you can vacuum them or whisk them away in a paper towel.

Placing talc into a vacuum bag, and then vacuuming ants, will kill them in the bag. You will want to dispose of it immediately after finishing vacuuming.

You can make a mixture of borax, water, sugar and peanut butter and spread it on small scraps of paper to plant around the home. The borax will kill the ants when they eat this mixture, and eventually the entire colony will die if the bait is brought back to the nest.

If none of these solutions seem to work, it may be time to contact a pest control service like City Service Exterminator Co Inc.