It’s that time of year. Ants are invading kitchens, bathrooms, and other parts of homes everywhere. While no one wants to see these little black soldiers marching through their homes, many are reluctant to pick up a can of who-knows-what off the hardware store shelf, and with good reason. It’s dangerous, and it may not eliminate the problem. How do you keep the ants out naturally? These methods may be able to help.

carpenter-ants-damage-home-insulationSeal Your Food: One of the best ways to keep the ants out is to keep all of your food as sealed as possible. Use jars, plastic containers, and anything else you can to keep food out of reach of the ants. If they can’t find food, they won’t come back.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean: Sweep daily, don’t leave food out on the counter, and make certain that you do the dishes each and every night. You may want to take out the trash at least once a day, too. The idea here is that you want to keep the ants from coming in initially, and this is a great way to do it.

Seal Your Home:  If you can take care of any potential entry points for the ants, you can likely get rid of them. Caulk around window openings and those openings around pipes, too. Fix any screen problems you may have, and make sure to look for cracks or holes in the foundation of your home. The better sealed your home, the less likely it is that ants can get in initially.

Dish Soap: As odd as it may sound, wiping down problem surfaces  with hot soapy water and letting it dry on its own can be a great way to keep ants out of your home. Soap and water is actually one of the most effective pest management tools you can have in your arsenal.

White Vinegar: Using this just like the dish soap is a great way to keep the ants out, particularly if you know where they’re coming from. Put it in a spray bottle, and as you find trails of ants headed into your home, spray it down to keep them from coming back in that way.

Perhaps the best method of natural ant control, though, is contacting an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist. Many Elkhart pest control companies specialize in IPM, helping you identify your pest problem and control it without the need for dangerous pesticides.