Getting rid of an ant infestation really depends on your level of patience and tolerance. how comfortable are you actually coming face to face with the ants? Because overall, ants are generally pretty harmless. Sure, you can get bitten by an ant (it’s definitely happened to me a few times), but ant attacks are rare and more irritating than painful. Allergic reactions to ants are even rarer, and they haven’t been known to carry harmful diseases. Of course, the biggest reason to get rid of ants is to keep your food safe. Once you have an ant problem, all exposed food is vulnerable and you can never be sure where they've been. If you forget to put the leftovers away after dinner, you're most likely going to find ants crawling all over them in the morning.
If you're dealing with an ant infestation, you have a few different options for getting rid of it:
Natural Prevention Methods
In this world full of GMOs and pollution, we completely get why many of our clients want to avoid toxins. Luckily, there are some natural remedies for dealing with ants. For starters, becoming a little more obsessed with cleanliness will go a long way toward handling your infestation. Keep your kitchen clean, don’t eat anywhere but in the kitchen or dining room, and be sure to store any food in your home is stored in an airtight container.
Natural Ways to Battle Your Invaders
In terms of taking getting rid of the ants, you can really mess with their system by using peppermint oil. Ants need scent trails to follow one another to food sources and back to the colony. If you rub some pungent smelling peppermint oil along these trails, you can leave the ants lost and confused, and prevent more ants from joining in. Not to mention your home will smell nice and minty!
If using natural methods isn’t going well or it might be time to move on to another method. Luckily, there are plenty of store-bought options available. Bug sprays work pretty well for on-the-spot treatment and for dumping on colonies, but keep in mind just how many ants are hidden down there. There’s an excellent chance you won’t get them all. You can also buy some poisonous baits which ants will usually take back to the colony, but those don't always work.
If Nothing Else Works, Bring in Some Professionals
You know, professional pest control companies are in business for a reason. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than buying a can of Raid at Wal-Mart, but it’s also the most effective method. An experienced pest control company can eliminate your ant problem once and for all; and even if the ants come back after the first time, many companies offer guarantees on their work so they'll come back to finish the job.