It's winter, and ants are just as anxious to get in from the cold as we are. While you may feel helpless seeing these pests march across your floors and counter tops, the good news is you don't have to live with an ant infestation. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. explains how North Carolina residents and business owners can clear their properties with effective ant control measures this time of year.
Make Your Home Less Alluring with Vinegar
Although sealing cracks, gaps, and other accidental openings in walls and around entryways may make it more difficult, ants are small enough to find a way into your house. These pests hate the smell of vinegar, so make your home less attractive by whipping up a 1:1 water-and-vinegar solution for the following uses:
• Mop floors, especially in the kitchen
• Spray around windowsills and doorways to deter entry
• Clean counter tops after meals, snack time, and food prep
Vinegar is a safe, inexpensive ant repellent that you're likely to already have on hand. It also disrupts pheromone trails they leave behind to communicate with others in their group.
Eliminating Ant Infestations
If you see one ant, there are probably many more elsewhere in your home. A few of these insects may leave the nest they've likely built inside your floors or walls to find food. If you're able to find ants' nests, try spraying them with dish soap or boric acid. Boric acid is toxic, so only apply it in areas where your kids and pets don't have access. But getting rid of nests may not completely eradicate ant infestations in your home or business. In this case, you'll need expert ant control services from trusted professionals.
The Proven Ant Control Professionals
Many property owners are plagued by ant problems during the colder winter months. You don't have to tolerate these pesky bugs, though. When preventive measures and DIY methods don't do the trick, it's time to call in the ant control professionals. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. has helped residential and commercial customers in North Carolina enjoy pest-free properties for 20-plus years. We’ll get rid of ants at your home or business and help prevent future infestations. Schedule a free consultation today.