How to Get Rid of Ants

Portland OR - Beaverton OR - Lake Oswego OR - Vancouver WA


Ants are tiny but their infestations are not! When you see one ant in your home, there are likely hundreds or even thousands more sure to follow. While most ants contaminate food and surfaces, others like carpenter ants can cause structural damage. 

How to Remove Ants

If you’re dealing with an ant infestation, try the following tips to help get rid of ants. 

Remove Ant Attractants

Get to the bottom of what’s attracting ants in the first place. Not only are ants attracted to crumbs and spills, but they’re also drawn to moisture. Inspect your home for crumbs, spills, and plumbing leaks. Clean up whatever may be attracting them, and if you’re lucky, they may just leave. 

Disrupt Ant Trails

Ant colonies have scout ants that enter homes and search for food. If they’ve found the jackpot, they’ll leave behind a trail of pheromones for others to follow. Unfortunately, sweeping ants away won’t cut it. One way to help remove pheromone trails is to use vinegar or lemon juice as a cleaning agent. 

Block Access to Ants

Thoroughly inspect your home, looking for cracks and crevices. Pay particular attention to areas where utility pipes enter. Seal these cracks using a silicone-based caulk. For windows and doors, replace the loose or damaged weather stripping. 

Locate the Ant Nest

The only way to completely remove an ant infestation is to eliminate the entire ant colony. Locating the ant colony is a lot more difficult than you may imagine. Not only can ant colonies be up to 100 yards from your home, but they can also move from one location to another if their nest has been disturbed. 

Hire a Professional in Ant Control

If you’re dealing with an ant infestation that will just not go away, contact a pest control professional like Summit Pest Management. We have the knowledge and equipment to identify the ant species, locate the colony, and eliminate it. 

We serve the entire Portland OR and Vancouver WA area with fast and effective pest control solutions. Contact us today for your personalized quote!


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