How To Get Rid Of Ants In The House?

Black Ants
Black Ants

Ants can get in your home through a variety of ways. Cracks in the floor, the foundation, holes in the wall, and small crevices in the attic, basement, or ceiling are some ways they can find to get in, just to name a few. Leaving doors open is another way they get inside. The most common ants to get inside people’s homes are carpenter ants, or black ants, and sugar ants. Sugar ants are specifically looking for food, and they will find anything in your pantry containing glucose or sucrose, from cereal to crackers. Letting people into your house for a party only to discover that your pantry is full of ants can be embarrassing and disgusting. There are plenty of products on the market, such as Rid-Ex, that will take care of your ant problems. Liquid poisons are a good choice for getting rid of the sugar ants. Put a little bit on a piece of paper or tin foil and leave it on the kitchen counter or in your pantry. They will mistake it for food, and eventually they will die off or stop coming back. This method is fairly effective. If you have to use a spray, you can do that, but be careful around food and places where children and pets walk. Dogs will lick anything. Fire ants in the house present a bigger problem. It’s more rare, but when they get in, they can nest under your couch or bed. Some people are allergic to fire ants, and a severely allergic person can be put in critical condition with just one or two bites. Be extremely cautious around fire ants, especially the bigger breeds, because they can sting repeatedly, and this does cause some pain and irritation, even if you are not allergic. Terro.com sells every kind of ant poison for every species of ants. Check out their Web site, www.terro.com, for a look at their full selection, and for more information on our particular pest problem and the appropriate solution.


Termites are a species of ants that can destroy homes, cabinets, furniture, valuable collections, and anything else made from wood. Take care to store your valuable wooden positions carefully, such as wrapping them in bubble wrap, to keep ants out. If you have an infestation of termites or suspect one, call an exterminator immediately. After he has verified whether or not you have a problem and taken appropriate action, consider taking preventative measures such as installing underground systems in your yard and on your property to draw the termites away from your home. Even if you just have a front porch made of wood, this can be weakened, damaged, and eventually destroyed over time by termites if precautions are not taken. If you spot termites anywhere on your property, such as in a dead tree, take care of the problem with a pesticide designed to kill termites. Terro sells these. There are even various species of termites, so identifying what kind of termites you have is helpful. For other kinds of serious ant problems, fumigation is sometimes the only choice you have left. In this case, get the whole family out of the house, along with anything that might be ruined by the fumigation process, such as furniture. It’s not worth losing all of your possessions to have an ant problem removed. Older houses are probably more susceptible to invasion by ants because of the many ways in through nooks, crannies, and crevices in the drywall and elsewhere. Simple carpenter ants are harmless, and can be taken care of through a generic pest spray. Just be sure to read the back of the label to make sure it’s the kind that kills ants. Don’t waste your time with expensive treatments unless you have to. Like most people, if you are on a budget, you may need to consider opting for the poison bait that will take care of most ant problems. If the ants come back, just repeat. Do this until the ants stop coming back. Protecting your property is a protection of your investment, and it is always a smart thing to do. Ants do not have to wreak havoc on your home or kitchen.



Kelly

Author: Kelly

Kelly Sperber has been a professional writer for 5 years. She joined TheHousingForum Team in January, 2011. Kelly enjoys skydiving, attending fashion shows, and gardening in her spare time.

7 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Ants In The House?”

  1. I’ve lived in the Tampa area for 16 years and have had a huge problem with Caribbean ants literally every day until I finally figured out how to keep them out of the house this year. It came to me at 3am after a dream that ants were crawling on me…they were!

    Firstly, and I know this seems counterintuitive, but you have to stop trying to kill them. They come back for their dead and eat them so all this does is give them more food and make them thrive. Second, stop putting pesticide everywhere! This kills any natural enemy they might have that could take care of them for you. You need to understand that pesticide works on contact only and given they have hundreds of nest, you will likely not make contact and the pesticide in granular form does absolutely nothing anyway. Third, they absolutely hate mint and cannot walk through anything sticky such as petroleum jelly. I literally painted a 2 inch wide line of generic dollar store Vaporub all the way around my house 6 months ago and they will not cross it, (nor, it seems will any other kind of bug). Lastly, to kill any that are left around the house, you really only need a spray bottle with soapy water or vinegar and water. Once you get rid of the ones inside and keep the others out you’re done. A note: you will need to scrub the Vapo Rub off the house when you want to repaint the house. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for sharing such useful information, Christine! I’ve heard of using vinegar before, but can’t say that I’ve heard of using Vapor rub.  But if the Vapor rub is anything like the original Vick’s Vapor Rub, then it probably contains some eucalyptus oil too.

    1. It’s my pleasure! Trust me, I was ready to sell and leave and just couldn’t take the ants anymore. I was even afraid to go on vacation EVER for fear the ants would take over, (I tried that once and boy was I sorry!), so this solution literally has changed my life. Sharing it is the least I could do. If your ant situation is anywhere near as bad as mine was then I’m sure it will. 

  3. LOL!  Having lived in the Florida Highlands for a year, I would be more afraid of an alligator infestation than an ant infestation in Florida.  Although I do seem to recall there being quite a few fire ants in the area where I lived.  Since I now live in a rural forested area of the mountains of SE Oklahoma, I have a wide variety of pesty insects to be annoyed by.

  4. There are fleas all over our church building! Anyone know what to do that will absolutely get rid of them? We have paid people to take care of it twice!

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