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How to Get Rid of Ants from Your Home Safely and Permanently

By : Rita Stadler

Finding ants in your home is upsetting.  Some ants, like odorous house ants, can infest your kitchen resulting in wasted food. Other ants, like carpenter ants, can threaten your property’s structural integrity. Any kind of ant can be a nuisance.

Calling an exterminator over little, tiny ants can lead to a large and painful expense. Most products on store shelves consist of dangerous poisons and harmful chemicals; not the sort of things you want in your home.

Thankfully there is a way to get rid of ants naturally that is safe, effective, and long lasting!

Take a Closer Look

Remember your childhood days, when you used to pass time watching a trail of ants to see where they were coming from, or make your own children or grandchildren do this for you!  Because ants usually travel along a trail, you can probably figure out where they are coming from and seal up or block off their entry points.

Clean Your Home Thoroughly

Make your house as unwelcoming to ants as possible. If the ants can’t find readily available food and water sources, they will be less likely to try to come in. Any type of food or food particles can attract ants.  Store food, especially pet food, in tight containers.  Wipe down your counters and floors frequently.

Remove plants that can attract ants (peonies for example) or control aphids, whiteflies and other insects that produce honeydew (aphids love roses and clematis).  Reduce moisture sources, including condensation and leaks.

Keeping every crumb cleaned up may be a bit of extra work, and we assure you, it is less work to prevent an ant infestation than to get rid of them once they have decided they like your home!

Invest in an Ant Repellent

One of the best ways to get rid of ants is to discourage them from entering your home in the first place.  In addition to sealing your home and keeping it clean, one of the best ways to do this is to invest in an ant repellent.

EarthKind’s Stay Away® Ants & Cockroaches works by using the ants’ highly sensitive scent receptors, found on their antennae, against them. Ants use scent trails to communicate with each other, to find food, and mark the paths they travel.  Stay Away® Ants will block the scents they are searching for and make them avoid the treated area.

Most importantly, unlike other types of ant control products, when you choose an environmentally friendly repellent, you do not have to worry about the risk you might be posing to your pets, kids, or grandkids.

Remember to be vigilant. You don’t want to have to get rid of ants. You want to prevent them from coming into your home at all! As an added bonus, the natural scents and essential oils of lemongrass, peppermint, and thyme smells pleasant to people!