Ants can be a nuisance during an outdoor picnic but if you spot them inside the house, it's important to deal with them right away.
The experts all say that prevention actually is the best cure.
Here are some tips:
- On first sighting, vacuum or otherwise kill ants in the house.
- Since ants are attracted by food, the professional house cleaners at MOLLY MAID say it's most important to keep the house clean, especially the kitchen.
- Even a small bit of food can attract ants. Wipe counters and the kitchen table after every meal. Sweep the floor too.
- Cover food right away and keep it in the fridge if possible. Or seal leftovers in an air-tight container that will keep ants out.
- Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight. After every meal, wash dishes or put them straight into the dishwasher.
- Try not to let moisture accumulate on surfaces, as ants look for water too. Wipe your counters clean and dry them as well.
- Keep trash and food containers as clean as possible if they're in the house (think: the garbage and compost under the sink). Clean any food spills from the outside of these containers right away.
- Put the kitchen garbage out every day. Store trash cans as far from the structure of your house as you can. Make sure all trash cans have covers and that you keep them clean.
- Try these natural ant repellents sprinkled in areas where the ants were noticed: cayenne pepper, cinnamon, regular 'table' pepper or cream of tartar. Alternatively, mix vinegar with water and spray this mixture.
- Keep a close eye on any new ant activity. If it continues, you may have to call in an exterminator as there may be a nest in the house.