Ant Infestation Removal | Pest Control in Tacoma WA
Getting rid of an ant infestation is never a lot of fun, although it is a process that isn’t nearly as hard as many people believe. While ants aren’t nearly as bad as some other infestations, and they are even helpful in getting rid of pests like fleas or bedbugs, but you still don’t want to deal with them swarming all over your home. The good news is there are actually multiple ways to take care of an ant infestation.
The first step is to fix whatever is attracting ants in the first place and to make your home less appealing to them. If you have loose window sills or loose frames in windows you don’t open, caulking them up can make sure that’s one less entry way ants can get through.
Look for any area where ants might be entering from. You want to address all of them. Look for doorways, cracks in the wall, anywhere where it seems like there’s an unusual number of ants getting into your home. You can use lines of salt or talc to help repel them. These substances are like the anti-sugar for ants, it repels them instead of attracts them. Baby powder and tailor’s chalk can also work, although many people swear salt is the most effective.
Make sure to keep your floors clean of food. Vacuum, shampoo, and sweep. Remove any spills or any stickiness off of the floor. You don’t want anything to attract any new ones in.
The next step is to look for ants in your home and eliminate them. There are plenty of ant poisons that you can grab but a more natural solution is to spray them with lemon flavored or peppermint flavored water. Ants don’t react well to any of these. Vinegar is another popular choice that many people have found as an effective way to combat any potential ant issues.
As long as you don’t have small children the next step could be bait traps and poison spray. You always want to use these with caution and make sure not to breathe in the fumes or ingest any of it. Make sure to follow all the proper safety precautions so you don’t have any blowback.
Make sure after vacuuming that you also thoroughly clean your vacuum cleaner, using some vinegar with your water. You don’t want to accidentally give some resilient ants a hidden new home.
These steps are usually enough to handle any ant problem, but sometimes you just can’t locate the main nest and even through salt and vinegar they keep coming back. Don’t put up with that! There’s never any good reason to allow any infestation to hit you.
That’s the time you may have to hire professionals, like the ones at Antworks Pest Control. Professional exterminators will have the tools to go one step further and to take care of those pesky ant infestations in your home that just won’t go away.
When it comes to getting rid of an ant infestation, it’s okay to pull out the big guns!