How do you get rid of ants in your house? The best ways to stop them getting in and what to do if you're invaded

NO one wants to have a pesky army of ants crawling all over their homes, especially their kitchens –  so here's the low down on what to do and how to keep them away.

Here's all the information you need to know.

Why ants like your home?

Ants love your home, especially your kitchen as it is one huge source of food for the pesky insects.

A scout ant will leave the nest in search of food, leaving a trail of pheromones.

Once it finds food it will follow the trail back, leaving even more pheromones, which then other ants will follow as they go out for food.

Soon enough you'll have a whole army running all over the place in search of everything from grains of sugar to dirty dishes.

How to get rid of ants

The first and best solution to keep ants away is to work out exactly what is attracting them to your home and remove it. This could be anything from a drop of honey on the side of the jar or a spoon left in the kitchen sink.

By removing the main attraction they might just pack up and leave of their own accord.

Store all food away, ideally in airtight containers, if possible.

Don't leave food out

Clean up any food and drink spills as soon as possible.

Clean thoroughly, including cupboards.

Wash pet bowls regularly – ants are also partial to cat and dog food too.

Take out your rubbish regularly.

Clean your entire kitchen with a natural, homemade anti-ant spray, made with one part water, one part vinegar – this destroys their pheromones.

How to keep ants away

You should also channel the well-known battle phrase to "know your enemy."

Ants hate the smell of peppermint and lavender oil so if you mix the two together and spray it on entry points such as windows and doors then you might have just got yourself an ant-repelling barricade.

There are various other ant deterrents such as salt, chalk, curry powder, and cinnamon to line doors and windows with – but these might not be ideal if you have pets and/or small children.

As black garden ants are the most likely to invade the home, you should keep food – especially honey, maple syrup and sugar – in airtight containers.

If you can follow the ants back to their nest find out how they are getting in and block up any holes with sealant, especially around doors and windows.

Perhaps as a last resort, if you know where the nest is, open it up with a knife and then pour a kettle full of boiling water down it.

A bit drastic but this will kill all the ants, including the queen.


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