How to Get Rid of Ants and Other Bugs

How to Get Rid of Ants and Other Bugs
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    Did you know that there are more ants than there are humans? It's a wonder we keep them under control.

    Ants are frustrating little pests that can be a real pain to get rid of.

    They seem to appear out of nowhere, and they refuse to go away.

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If you’re currently dealing with an ant problem, don’t worry – ants can be removed with a combination of pesticides and a little of elbow grease.

Here’s how you can get rid of ants and other bugs.

Call an exterminator

The most reliable way to get rid of ants and other bugs is to hire a professional for help. A licensed technician can identify the species you are dealing with and implement a removal plan that works best for that pest.

They can tell you where the pests are coming from and eliminate them effectively. The products that professionals use are much more effective than the ones available in stores, and professionals have the training to use them at their highest potential.

Call Skina Pest Control or another pest control company near you.

Use bait stations and pesticides

If you know the species you’re dealing with, visit your local hardware store and purchase a pesticide that works for that species. Carpenter ants, for example, differ from pavement ants.

Carpenter ants dig into wooden structures and require a product that infiltrates the walls of the home. Follow the instructions on the pesticides carefully and place the products wherever you see ants. Replace baits after two weeks if you are still seeing some ant activity.

Eliminate ant scent trails

Ants leave scent trails behind them, signaling other ants to follow. Disrupt these trails by sweeping and mopping the floor, then cleaning the area with a vinegar solution.

In a spray bottle, mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water and spray every surface where you’ve seen ants before. This will erase the scent trails and stop any more ants from coming in from the outside.

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Seal openings

Ants and other bugs get in the house by crawling through the little openings they find in the walls. Check your window screens for tears and patch them up or replace them entirely. Make sure they fit snugly within the window frame so that no bugs can crawl through.

Seal cracks in your window frames with caulking. Check underneath your bay windows and between siding panels. Put weatherstripping on the bottoms of your doors to the outside, and seal little cracks in the foundation with epoxy.

Clean up the house

Insects are drawn to the warmth of our homes and the smell of our food. A good way to encourage them to consume bait and stay out of the house it to keep it clean.

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Vacuum and mop the floors on a regular basis, and store food in sealed containers. Do the dishes every day and take out the garbage every night. Deep clean the kitchen in the spring and fall, when pest invasions are most common.

Reduce clutter and get rid of as many hiding spots as you can. Seal the cracks surrounding your cupboards, baseboards, and plumbing.

Reduce the humidity

Insects love humidity. Using a hygrometer from the hardware store, check if the humidity in your home is above 60%. The humidity should be between 50 and 60% in the summer and between 30 and 40% in the winter.

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If you can’t get a hygrometer, fill a glass with water and a few ice cubes. If the humidity is too high, there will be lots of condensation on the sides of the glass.

Lower the humidity by investing in ceiling fans, cleaning out your bathroom fans, replacing your HVAC filter, and using a dehumidifier.

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