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Mythbusters: Ant Food

Everyone has their own home remedies to get rid of ants. Are these DIY methods effective?

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It really boils down to a few methods: killing the ants, covering scents, and removing food sources. Ants communicate in many ways including smells, touch, sounds, and body language. By disrupting the communication between ants, humans can deter them from entering our homes.

Removing Food Sources

You’ve probably already thought of this, but one of the best ways to rid yourself of ants is to remove what they’re chatting about. Clean your house to make sure there are no food sources readily available to them. Seal food in containers or plastic bags. Hide sweets and starches like sugar, honey, and cornmeal.

If you’ve thought of everywhere already, don’t forget these key areas! Be sure to get under and around standing appliances in your kitchen. Check in your couch cushions and vacuum up the morsels they might find.

Your garbage can might have residual food in the bottom. Pet food can attract ants, so always rinse bowls after the pet has eaten to eliminate the scent of food. Check houseplants for swarms of ants which might indicate nests in the soil. Remove vines or vegetation that touches the exterior walls of your house, as it makes it easier for ants to enter the home.

What’s wrong with this thought process?

Removing the source of why the ants are entering your home is very effective, but you have to know what kind of ants you are dealing with. Some ants, like the carpenter ant and leaf-cutter ants have non-traditional food sources. Often, you don’t always know the exact food source, but you assume what the ants are eating.

Our experts can identify which type of ant is plaguing your home, provide immediate treatment, and determine the best course of action to ensure a complete eradication of the colony. Give us a call today!

Sources Images:

  • Crazy Ants by Judy Galagher

  • Corn in a Bowl by Harish Kumar V


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