Few things are as disruptive to a serene home environment as pests. Insects like ants multiply quickly, are hard to detect at first, and can burrow within the confines of your home, wreaking havoc on your peace of mind and your food storage alike. Fortunately, by making a few changes, you might be able to keep ants out of your place. Here are two things you should try if you have an ant problem.
1. Seal Up Tiny Entryways
You might not feel like you are paving the way for an ant infestation, but there might be hundreds of tiny holes and crevices in the exterior of your home that act like miniature highways for those troublesome insects. Homes rely on a network of electrical cables and plumbing, and many of these cables and pipes extend to the outside of your home. Unfortunately, if the area around these pipes and cables isn't carefully caulked, insects like ants can make their way inside.
To keep ants at bay, walk around your home and pay attention to where cables and pipes are entering the exterior. Look for gaps around these lines and seal them up with caulk or spray foam. Spray foam expands over 100 times its original volume, sealing tiny cracks and crevices in an instant.
2. Clean With Vinegar and Spray Lemon Juice
Like other insects, ants use scent trails to signal to other ants where to go to find things like food. Unfortunately, the more scent trails ants make around your house, the easier it is for other ants to make their way in from outside and find things to snack on.
However, you can disrupt these scent trails by using vinegar and lemon juice. Vinegar, which is inexpensive and dries clear, can be mixed with water and used to clean countertops, stovetops, mirrors, and even flooring. Although vinegar can smell exceptionally strong at first, the scent quickly fades away—but continues to deter ants. Lemon juice can be mixed with water in a spray bottle and sprayed around areas of the house where ants have been seen in the past. Some homeowners even spray the entire exterior perimeter of their house with lemon juice and water to keep ants outside where they belong.
By focusing on sealing tiny crevices that can lead to outside and sprinkling a few natural ingredients around your home, you might be able to keep your ant problem under control.