Odorous house ants, are common home invaders in the spring. Sugar ants can be about 3 millimetres long or smaller, and are attracted to food. Moisture ants are larger than sugar ants, about 4 to 4.5 millimetres long, and usually show up when there is a problem with excess water.
An infestation is a nuisance, but rarely poses any harm. Most of us prefer that ants and other insects make their homes outside. If you want to try to deal with ants on your own, here are some things to try:
- Bait or insect sprays. Follow all cautions on the package, then spray or bait the areas where you see ants. To prevent more ants from entering your home, spray the exterior area where the house meets the pavement or ground.
- Inside your home, spray cracks around baseboards in the affected area. For ants in the bathroom, spray around the base of the toilet.
- If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, spray a combination of Windex, vinegar and water to remove visible ants and the chemical trail they lay down for others to follow. To kill ants without harsh chemicals, spread powdered diatomaceous earth (a naturally occurring sedimentary rock) on carpeted areas around the ant-affected area. They will die after eating the abrasive substance.
If your efforts don’t work within about a week, give us a call and we can rectify the ant situation in a timely manner.