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How to Get Rid of Ants

A close up of a red ant on a pile of dirt

Every homeowner has experienced seeing a random ant crawling across the floor or countertop, or even a mysterious and sudden ant infestation a time or two. And we're often alarmed at the sight of them, especially if we've just cleaned those areas. You can expect ants to congregate around an outdoor trash can full of leftover party food, but when you find them indoors, it can be quite frustrating and upsetting. Spotting a single ant could mean there are many more that you don't see. Luckily there are some easy DIY ways to evict these unwanted guests and prevent them from showing up in the first place.

Indoor Prevention

Outdoor Prevention

There are some preventative measures you can take to try and keep ants from taking up residence around the outside of your home.

DIY Repellants

Many folks don't like the idea of using chemicals around the house, because it's hard to know what's safe and what isn't.

Store Bought Repellants

One thing to keep in mind with DIY methods is that results can vary. Not to mention your willingness to keep up with it. If what you're doing isn't working, it may be time to call the professionals in to find the nests and eliminate them for good.

While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.