Streets full of ants first find their way through your garden and then through your house? It doesn’t have to be. You can read the best tips on how to get rid of ants in your house.
An ant alone is not a problem. It only becomes difficult when several of the insects make themselves comfortable in their own four walls instead of in the forest. After all, the insects attack our food. Some species, including the wooden ant, like to make themselves comfortable in wood. For example, they hollow out windows, beams or stairs in order to build their nests there and thus destroy the wood. Other known species of ants include:
- Ross ant
- Garden ant
- Fire ant
- Red-backed house ant
- Black head ant
- Pharaoh ant
As a rule, native species of ants get into our homes mainly in spring or summer. The reason: During these months the ant does not always find enough food in its natural environment. In the spring, the food sources necessary for the ant – for example aphid excretions – are not yet sufficiently developed. In summer the ant likes to seek out already established food sources.
In our houses at these times the ants find a plentiful supply of food – they have a particular eye on foods that contain sugar or protein, such as animal feed or food that is left open. Since the ants only enter our home for the purpose of foraging, their nests remain in nature.
Nevertheless – albeit much less often – it can happen that native species of ants nest in the house. Sometimes queens end up inside the house after their wedding flight, where they then make themselves comfortable in wood.
It is also possible for tropical species to crawl around the house. People have usually brought these into their own homes: for example, through used items from the flea market or holiday luggage.
Ants usually get into the house through leaks in doors and windows or cracks in the brickwork. The most important keyword in relation to ant trails is: fragrances. The ant uses these to mark its way to the food and thus ensures that other ants also become aware of the food source. The more ants make their way to food, the more fragrances are excreted, the more ants come and so on – a cycle that ultimately develops into a street of ants.
How you drive away ants depends to a large extent on whether the insect’s nest is inside or outside the house. Ants that are permanently resident outside are easy to repel with home remedies. The case is much more difficult with animals whose nests are in the house.
Home Remedies to Get Rid Of Ants At Home
In the first step, it makes sense to seal the leaks through which the ants get into the house. Glue or silicone, for example, are suitable for this. Food and animal feed should not be left open, but should be packed tightly. You should also make sure that food bowls are cleaned regularly and that garbage bins are tightly closed. Ant trails and the associated fragrances are removed in the classic way – with the mop.
In addition, the Federal Environment Agency confirms that it makes sense to use cinnamon (as a powder or essential oil in diluted form) on ant roads and entry points. In laboratory tests, the spice showed a repellent effect on various species of ants. In contrast to the often advertised baking powder; the effectiveness of this home remedy has not been proven.
The pesticide action network (PAN) also lists strong-smelling substances such as lemon juice, lavender oil, chervil, bracken or vinegar as adequate means of expulsion in its ants guide. There are also sticky barriers on the market to keep ants from entering the house.
- Seal leaks with glue or silicone
- Packing food and animal feed
- Clean food bowls
- Close the bin tightly
- Distribute cinnamon at entry points and ant trails
Professional Ant Pest Control For Your House
If ants have settled in the house, picking up the phone helps. A pest controller should be sought for this type of infestation. This can clarify important points such as the type of ant, extent of the infestation and a suitable procedure if you want to face the task yourself. Of course, it is also possible to have the ants completely under control by the professionals. Good to know: Not all pest fighters work with strong ant poison, there are also professionals who use non-toxic alternative measures – which work against the ants using hot air or liquid nitrogen.