Having a pest control specialist treat your home once a year is an important step in making sure that termites, ants, and other pests don't become a big nuisance. But if you're like most homeowners, you probably experience your fair share of ant invasions between professional pest control treatments, so you'll need some backups to help you defend your territory. Here are a few easy, natural ways to keep those annoying ants away no matter what time of year it is:
Seal Your House Up
One of the best ways to keep ants out of your home is to seal them out, but ants are tiny and it's not always possible to catch all the small cracks and holes that they might get in at one time or another. So you'll need to follow the source of an ant trail once it's spotted inside your home so you can determine exactly where they're coming inside at. You can then use a little caulking to the area, using a magnifying glass to get the spaces that are hard to see with the naked eye. It's also a good idea to use weatherstripping under the doors, and you may want to seal the window and door frames with insulating spray foam.
Plant an Indoor Herb Garden
Another great way to keep ants out of your home is to grow an indoor herb garden. A variety of tasty and great smelling herbs repel ants, and they grow well on kitchen counters, which can help protect food in cupboards and on the counter. Some awesome options include spearmint, catnip, and tansy. Beautiful flowers such as chrysanthemums are also effective.
Just put your favorite planting soil in half gallon gardening pots, put a seed or two of your preferred herbs or flowers about an inch under the soil surface, cover the seeds with a bit of soil, and give them a drink of water. Grow the plants near a window seal until they are at least two inches tall. You can then move the plants to different areas of your home, making sure to give them a little sun every few days.
Put Some Baby Powder to Work
Believe it or not, a simple solution to stopping ants in their tracks is traditional baby powder. Because of ants' heightened senses, they have a sensitive reaction to the texture and smell of baby powder. They won't cross a mound of it, so you can sprinkle it on countertops and floors and in front of doors and windows to keep them from creating a new ant trail into your kitchen. Sprinkling a small line of baby powder along the edges of your floors and counters will get rid of multiple ant trails that are traveling in your home at any given time.
Use an Apple Cider Vinegar Solution
Apple cider vinegar kills ants when it is directly sprayed on them, and when sprayed on counters and floors, it erases the scent of trails so ants can no longer find them. You can even apply apple cider vinegar to your window and door frames to ensure that ants won't try to get in if a seal is broken or a crack is overlooked during a sealing treatment. Mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar into a clean reusable spray bottle and keep it on the counter for easy access. You can add a little bit of floral essential oil to the mix if you aren't fond of the scent of apple cider vinegar on its own.
With the help of these simple techniques, your home will stay safe, clean, and smelling good while keeping ants outside where they belong. For more tips, contact a local pest control company.