Ants venture into homes for many reasons; however, food and comfortable environments are the two most common causes. Homes with the correct moisture levels, adequate shelter and a good supply of food meet the survival requirements for ants. One or more of these properties can invite ants into a home
To find tiny carpenter ants in a house, you can check for nests in damps areas, such as a floor near a leaky roof, a bathroom or an attic. To find the nest, poke small holes in the wall. Following an ant is another way to locate its nest.
To control ants indoors, follow ant trails to find the nest and spray it directly with an insecticide if possible. If the nest isn't directly accessible, use ant bait or nonrepellent insecticide around the perimeter of the house and on any trails.
The best way to get rid of household ants permanently is by using Terro Liquid Ant Baits. The baits are made with Borax and are highly effective.
Most ants range in size between 5 and 15 millimeters long, but certain species are as small as 1 to 2 millimeters, while others can grow as long as 30 millimeters. All ants are thin-bodied with three distinct body regions that constrict between the head, thorax and abdomen.
Ants can be eliminated using boric acid, chalk, commercial pesticides or by sprinkling plain flour around the area where ants are observed. Removing items that attract ants, such as food and water, encourages the ants to leave.
Ants can be gotten rid of by using vinegar, chalk, honey, essential oil or ant balls. Minimizing or removing their harborage sites and getting rid of debris and mulch can also help keep ants away.
Ants build their nests in burrows of their own making under rocks or in fallen trees or decayed and moist wood. Ants can be found almost anywhere in the world with the exception of extremely remote islands and Antarctica.
Flying ants in the house often signify a carpenter ant infestation, especially when they are found in colder months. Carpenter ants are commonly mistaken for termites, which also have wings, resemble an ant and can be found indoors.
Get rid of small, red house ants using cotton balls saturated in a boric acid and sugar solution. Boric acid is relatively safe for humans and pets, but is toxic to ants. Worker ants take the toxin back to the colony where it kills other ants.