I am going to be honest with you here, no matter how hard you try, it is unlikely that you will be able to keep every single ant out of your house. They will still manage to get in. However, with the right amount of effort, you should be able to keep most of them out. On this page, I am going to share with you a few tips for doing so.
Don’t give them a reason to stay
Firstly; it is worth noting that ants will not just flock to your home. They will always send ‘scouts’ to check whether the place is habitable or not. The scouts then ‘report’ back to ant HQ. So, when those first ants start to appear, you are going to need to kill them (sadly). You are also going to need to make sure that conditions are not right for the ants. This means cleaning everything. There should be no dishes on the side with food on them,your counter tops and cupboards should be clean, and the bin with food in it should be air tight. Basically, ensure that your kitchen area is clean. The cleaner it is, the less chance there is of the ants coming back.
The challenge of blocking ants out
Ants are, of course, incredibly small. This means that it would not be that difficult for them to get into your home, if they want to. So, you are going to need to go to great lengths in order to block their access. For this, you are going to need some silicone sealant (available from all good hardware shops). You will need to take this sealant around your home, blocking up any small areas under doors, window seals, and just about any small hole where an ant may be able to get into your property.
Attack them in effective ways
If you see some ants, then attack them with some soapy water. It will not only kill the ants, it will stop them giving off a chemical scent, which will ensure that other ants do not follow in their tracks. You don’t need much water, just a quick squirt per group of ants should be fine.
Finally, many people will find that certain scents help to keep ants at bay. Lavender grown outside around the home, particularly near the areas where ants are prone to coming in (i.e. your door) will work wonders. You will have a lot of luck with garlic, but obviously many people do not want their home to smell of it. Peppermint smells also work incredibly well.
Of course if none of these measures have deterred your unwelcome guests, call in a pest expert like Catch-it to do the job, do it well, and keep these insects out for good.