How to Keep Ants Out of Your House

19 Mar

An army of ants trailing throughout your home can present a huge problem. Many homeowners, for example, come home to their pantries to find their food swarmed by ants, and as a result, they have no other choice but to throw it all away.

If you’re battling ant problems at home, below are several effective solutions for how to get rid of them.

  • Always store your food safely in a tight container or sealed cabinet. Ants are attracted to foods that are left out and/or stored in unsecured packaging.
  • Clean your kitchen. Do not leave crumbs of bread or other food bits on your counter or lying on the floor.  Particles are open invitations for ants.
  • Keep your garbage cans outside your house because ants seek out areas with spoiled food.  If you do have garbage cans inside your house, make sure to seal them tightly and switch out the bags regularly so spoiled food doesn’t build up for extended periods of time.
  • Prevent ants from coming into your house by using mint and citrus. Ants usually avoid citrus scents, so cleaning your house with citrus oil will ward them off. You can also place mint plants around your house to accomplish the same thing.
  • Get rid of the scouts before they go back to their colony. Scouts of ants are often sent by their colonies to check for food sources. Once they see one, they will go back to their colony and lead their friends to the food using a scent trail. If you find an ant or several ants trailing each other, kill them immediately. Spray them with an all purpose cleaning solution and wipe them away.
  • Seal all possible ant entrance areas to your home. Use caulking, glue, or plaster to make sure that entry points are obstructed.
  • Occasionally sprinkle coffee beans throughout your house. Ants do not like the scent of them.
  • Trap them. You can use bait with a solution that will instantly kill the ants and their nest.  Make a small cake or pie with a mixed soap solution that will entice ants to take pieces of it to their nest. Just make sure your family members, especially the kids, know to not eat the pastry.
  • Create barriers near your food that ants cannot cross. Chalk lines are effective barriers and so are citrus oil, baby powders, cinnamon, and turmeric.


Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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