10 Tips to Keep the Ants Away

Summertime is notorious for ants and other bugs to come out of the woodworks and make their way into your home. Whether it's because of the sweltering heat or the pop up rain storms, ants like to find shelter where it's cool and dry and full of food. So you will typically find them in your kitchen carrying away crumbs. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has 10 simple tips to help you keep these guys from taking over your home:

1. Use Caulk
Ants are tiny, so there are many ways they can get into your home. Try sealing your windows, doors and cracks with caulk to deter them from entering your home. Plus, sealing up your home can help save you money on your energy bills – so it’s a win-win!

2. Sprinkle Salt
If ants are making their way into your home, stop them by sprinkling a line across their path or entry point. They will not want to cross the salt line and be deterred from entering your home.

3. Use Citrus Peels & Cucumbers
Place either cucumbers or citrus peels in certain areas of your home, if you see lots of activity. These items are toxic to the type of fungi that ants feed on, so they will stay clear.

4. Clean with Vinegar
Cleaning surfaces in your home with a vinegar and water mixture is not only natural, it also can help deter ants. Ants supposedly do not like the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails they use to get around.

5. Use Chalk or Baby Powder
Talcum Powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is apparently a natural ant repellent. Chalk also contains calcium carbonate, which is also a natural deterrent. All you need to do is draw a line with either chalk or baby power across any entry points.

6. Use Peppermint Oil
Seeing ants on the counter? Clean it well, and then wipe them down with a clean damp cloth that has a few drops of essential peppermint oil on it. Just like the vinegar method, the ants do not like the smell of peppermint and will hopefully stay clear.

7. Use Coffee Grounds
Coffee grounds can be used around the outside of your house, as well as in your garden. If you know where they are getting in, be sure to sprinkle some in that area.

8. Spray Lemon Juice
Another method that is similar to the use of vinegar, is spraying lemon juice around the places that the ants are entering. Lemon juice can cover the scent trails that ants use to get around.

9. Try Bay Leaves
Are you seeing ants in your pantry? Get rid of them by placing bay leaves in the drawers, cabinets and containers where there are ants. There are other spices and herbs that you can use around the outside of your house, similar to the coffee ground method. Try sprinkling black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cinnamon, mint or garlic around the foundation of your home.

10. Use a Professional Lake of the Ozarks Pest Control Company
If all else fails, call Best Pest Control. We can help you track down where the ants are entering your home and kick them out!

Get Rid of Ants and Pests
If you are tired of fighting the ants that are coming into your home, call Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Best Pest Control can help you get rid of pesky insects, like ants, and keep them from coming back. If you have an infestation, let us help you by calling 573-348-1600 today!


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