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If ants have invaded your home, you are not alone. Ants are a common home invader that often proves more of a hassle than you may realize. Perhaps that is because ants seem near impossible to evict from your home. If you find ants have taken of your home, you might feel a bit defeated. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent ants from ever entering your home again.
Clean, Clean, Clean
The first line of defense you have against an ant invasion is the cleanliness of your home. Of course, even the cleanliest of homes are at risk of an infestation. When you clean, you should specifically target an ant’s food source. Make sure you sweep and mop your floors religiously to remove crumbs of food.
Do not let anyone eat in any other room of your home to avoid dropping bits of food particles on other floors or in carpet fibers. Clean up spills immediately. Wipe your counters and stove down to remove traces of food. Take the trash out immediately and place it in an outdoor bin with a secure lid. Also, wash you dishes immediately after using them.
If you have pets, make sure you clean up their pet food bowls as soon as they are done eating. You could also try spraying a mixture of water and vinegar around the bowls to help repel ants. However, there is no guarantee that the vinegar and water will work, so cleaning the bowls is best.
Remove Their Scent
If you have ever seen an invasion of ants in your home, you will notice that they travel in a trail. They march on like little solders back and forth between their nest and the source of food they are after. Anytime you see one ant, you are likely to see several more not long after. That one ant will drop a scent trail for other ants to follow.
Make sure you clean any areas where you see ants very well. You may need to create a mixture of vinegar and water to remove the scent trail. The vinegar has enough acidity to remove and cover up the scent that ants leave behind. Removing scent trails is especially helpful if you are dealing with ants that nest outdoors rather than indoors.
Destroy the Colony
Finally, contact a pest control professional for assistance. To stop ants from entering your home, you will need to destroy the entire ant colony, which means the queen, too. A professional can provide you with the services you need to stop ants from coming into your home. They can locate the nest and destroy the entire colony effectively.