How to Get Rid of Ants

Finding ants in your home or break room is never pleasant. But before you grab a can of random bug spray or wipe them off the counter, remember this: The more you know about these ants, the more successful you’ll be in getting rid of them.

 

Options for the best ant killer in Canada are:

 

Knock Down™ Pro -153 RTU Multi-Site 3.78L - A great Indoor/Outdoor spray. This formulation not only covers ants, but also cockroaches, sowbugs, silverfish, firebrats, spiders, crickets, rice weevils, red flower beetles, carpet beetles, cloth moths, fleas and brown dog ticks, house flies, bedbugs and earwigs.

Safer's® Ant & Crawling Insect Killer (Diatomaceous Earth) 200g  This natural desiccant kills ants by drying them out. It is applied to areas where ants are active. The ants walk through the DE, which scratches the waxy outer layer of their exoskeleton. This causes the ant to dry out and die. It will not kill the ant colony but will reduce the number of foraging ants. Learn more about DE and how to apply it.

 

Here’s what to do:

 

Observe – Start by conducting a thorough inspection. Where are you finding ants indoors? (It may be more than one place!) And what is attracting them… something sweet, cooking grease, pet food, water?  Learn what attracts the ants and where ants are found indoors.

Identify - Are the ants big or small? What color are they? How do they behave? This will help you identify the ant species. It’s important to know this because some pest control products work better on certain ant species. Compare your ant to the 7 ant species in Canada that commonly cause problems in homes and businesses.

Track – Sometimes you’ll see a trail of many ants coming and going; other times, just a few. Take time to follow the ants. If you’re lucky, they’ll lead you to where they’re coming indoors and maybe even where they’re nesting outdoors. As such, you’ll know where to seal up and where to target your treatment. Get tracking and inspection tips.

Control – Once you’ve determined the type of ant and where the nest is possibly located, you can choose the most effective DIY or do-it-yourself pest control method. Some products repel ants; others kill the entire colony.

Prevent – Finally, take steps to keep ants from coming back. This includes improving sanitation, modifying the landscape, and sealing up holes the ants are using to get indoors. Explore ant prevention tips. 

 

Read more: 

About Ants

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

Why Do I Have Ants?

 

 

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