Get rid of ants easily in just 10 different natural ways!
10 Genius Tips for Keeping Ants Out of Your Home
1.Sweep the floors
2.Do the dishes
3.Move garbage bins away from your home
4.Remove logs or stumps from your property
5.Don’t leave moisture on counters or surfaces
6.Clean behind the fridge and stove
7.Seal openings around your home
8.Store food in closed containers
9.Trim trees and shrubs outside your home
10.Keep gutters and downspouts clean
We all do our best to control and keep ants, other bugs, on the outside of our home but sometimes they manage to crawl their way inside despite our best efforts. Once ants get into your home it might seem like they’re just everywhere and no matter what you do they just won’t go away. Once you have called pest control or set traps, there’s a few things you can do to make sure they stay away permanently. Here’s some tips for keeping ants outside.
Sweep the floors
This is especially important if you have children and need to control ants from spreading. Ants are attracted to food, and children are especially prone to dropping food so ensuring you keep crumbs and pieces of food are cleaned up immediately will go a long way in keeping ants away and also in controlling them.
Do the dishes
As mentioned, ants are attracted to food so leaving dishes in the sink with food particles on them is a big invitation for ants to come into your home.
Move garbage bins away from your home
Even if you have ants in your area, moving your garbage bins away from your house will help keep your home clear of bugs. Naturally they’ll be attracted to the smell of the garbage but keeping them a clear distance from your home will make a difference.
Remove logs or stumps from your property
These two things provide the perfect home for ants, and they will bring all their ant friends with them. Making sure you get rid of logs and stumps will make your property an unhappy place for ants and they won’t want to live there.
Don’t leave moisture on counters or surfaces
Along with food, ants are very attracted to sitting water so making sure you wipe clean counters and other surfaces in your home. By removing extra water you’ll minimize the attraction of your home to ants.
Clean behind the fridge and stove
Accidentally, over time, food crumbs can creep under fridges and behind stoves so moving these out frequently and sweep up and clean behind them.
Seal openings around your home
Ants are really small, so even what might seem like the smallest opening needs to be closed off. You can do this pretty easily with just a bead of caulking around wire and plumbing openings.
Store food in closed containers
Even food you put in the fridge should be stored in containers that have a lid. This is generally good practice so that your fridge doesn’t start to smell like leftovers, but it will also double as a preventative so ants don’t smell their way to your fridge.
Trim trees and shrubs outside your home
Any plants that are really close to the side of your home can act as a highway for ants – and other bugs – to get into your home. By keeping these plants neatly trimmed and well cared for you, you can cut off the roadway for ants to get inside.
Keep gutters and downspouts clean
This kind of goes along with keeping plants neatly trimmed, and it just ensures that ants won’t build a home in a gutter that’s packed with leaves.