Are ants coming into your home now that it is warming up outside? You see one, kill it and only to return a few minutes later and there are two more. This could go on for hours, and it has for some people.
Most common ants live outside in the ground, in nests or ant hills. Several hills and nests can make up one colony. The queen ant (which can live up to 30 years) is responsible for making new ants. In the spring as things start to warm up, ant colonies send out scouts to find food and fuel. These scouting ants leave a scent trail so they can find their way home and so other ants can follow.
While ants may be attracted to the food inside your home, they don’t usually nest indoors. Ants are tiny little creatures and very usually pretty smart, so there isn’t much hope of keeping them out of your house. Try not to give them a reason to come inside in the first place. Clean up all spills, keep food in the kitchen, don’t carry it around your house. Keep counter tops clean. However, even in the cleanest of homes, ants will find their way inside looking for food.
Once you find one ant, there will be more. They never travel alone. Killing an ant will send out a scent to call for other ants.
When you find an ant in your home, you can:
- Kill the ant and remove the carcass.
- Clean the area around the ant with a strong soap or window cleaner to remove the scent.
- Try to determine what the ant was after.
- Look for others because there’s never just one.
- Find the entry point from where they entered.
- Fill any cracks, patch any holes and then apply bait or ant powder near the entry point.
Ants will continue to show up for some time. Keep cleaning the area around any dead ants, clean the trails and the entry points. Most ‘ant killers’ are made up of an attractant and an ant poison. The ant is attracted to the poison and carries it back to the nest where many ants will be killed. You will never be able to kill all the ant, but you can keep them out of your house.