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How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Living Room

You can get rid of ants in your in your living room by following these simple steps

To get rid of ants in your living room you need to find the source of the place where the ants are entering your home and not just your living room,  ensure you seal up any entries the ants may be taking. Take  their food source from them by keeping things clean and removing any items of food they can get to. Basically clearing the ant all-you-can-eat buffet. Be vigilant on killing the scout ants. And finally use an organic ant killer.  

When You Want To Get Rid Of Ants, Knowledge Is Key and know your enemy

To  get rid of ants in your living room you need to  know your enemy. 

I didn’t know this until recently, there are  an estimated 22,000 types of ants, Yes that’s right 22000,  It would be fair to say they are one of the most widely known insects in the world, as well as one of the most common pests. Ants can be found virtually everywhere, including backyards, homes, hospitals, offices, warehouses and any other place where food and water can be found. They will invade buildings for warmth, shelter or refuge from dry, hot weather or flooded conditions.

Did you know an ant nest can range from a few dozen to 300,000, yes that’s right. Their nests can be found anywhere in and around your home. Colonies contain fertile females (queens), fertile males (drones), workers, soldiers and scouts. Ants will collectively work together to support the colony through the division of labor, communication between individuals, and the ability to solve complex problems. Don’t let the colonies multiply; get rid of ants today! 

Get rid of ants and keep them  gone. You need to use the methods below. For fast and effective results, use an organic ant killer (method # 4).

Knowing how to get rid of ants can be the key to a happy home and living room!

Get Rid Of Ants- Method #1: Defend Your Home

Although the ants may be in the living room it would be fair to assume they may have come from another place and this may be just one of the points they are passing through the house so it’s worth checking elsewhere around the home.  And I’ve seen times when the ants ended up in the kitchen and it looks like they’re gone through the living room and out through a crack  in the wall,  so  yes it’s worth backtracking and following an ant to check where they are coming from. 

Ants walking in wire

Find where the ants are invading and seal those places with caulk. Typical entry points include windows, doors, cracks, electrical wires, and pipes. Due to the ants’ small stature, this may be time-consuming, but it will be worth it in the long run.  These tiny insects can find many doorways into your home, which often makes an organic ant killer combined with this method a more effective solution to your ant problem. 

Get Rid Of Ants- Method #2: Clean And Seal

 To get rid of ants in the living room you have to take a holistic approach. This means looking further than the living room, you will find out where they’re coming from in your home and where they’re going to.

Ants taking food back to nest

Food will draw hungry ants into your home like nobody’s business. Ants especially love dining on sugars, syrups, honey, fruit juice, fats, and meat, so do I! To get rid of ants, you must stop the all-you-can-eat buffet. That means taking the following measures not just in the living room but elsewhere within your home:

  • Keep tables and countertops clean and free from crumbs. Spray with a mild bleach cleaner to discourage ants from congregating.
  • Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming regularly helps get rid of ants.
  • Keep food in airtight containers.
  • Taking out garbage regularly can help get rid of ants.
  • Refrigerate all perishable food.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Don’t leave standing water around for ants to drink.

Get Rid Of Ants- Method #3: Kill The Scouts

Ant colonies will send out scouts in search of food and water sources. Once food is located, the scouts will leave pheromone trails for the other ants to follow. (That’s another reason why it’s important to keep areas in your home clean: when you get rid of the pheromone trails you get rid of the ants.) So in order to disrupt the ant GPS, you will want to squish these scouts if you see them, so they can’t make it back to the nest alive and tell their ant friends. Another option would be to follow the scout back to the nest, then wipe it out with an organic ant killer. For maximum effect, block the entrance to the nest with ant killer crystals so they are forced to interact with them; this method has been quite effective in the past.   

This is a more effective way to get rid of the ants that are plaguing your home.

Get Rid Of Ants- Method #4: Use An Organic Ant Killer     

The best way to get rid of ants is by using an organic ant killer that ensures death on contact. The most effective products contain the ingredients pyrethrin and potassium salts of fatty acids. These come as a powder, spray, and as little crystals, I personally use a combination of all three to get rid of ants within the home. 

These organic ingredients clog the insects’ breathing holes while simultaneously attacking their nervous system, as well as dehydrating them. Contact with an organic ant killer that utilizes these ingredients results in death for a variety of crawling insects, including ants, roaches, and fleas. Not only do you get rid of ants, but you can exterminate the other annoying pests in your home as well.

To get rid of ants without a chemical odor! You can get organic ant killers that have a fresh citrus or mint scent, but they are still as effective. I really like the aerosol versions; they are easy-to-use, fast acting and CFC free. Do remember once you clean the surface to respray the ant spray again to make it active. 

To get rid of ants in your home, spray them directly with the organic ant killer. Continue spraying until surfaces are wet. Make sure you pay special attention to where insects hide, such as cracks, crevices, baseboards, drains and pipes. As ants are driven from hiding places, spray as many as you can, which will kill them on contact. Always remember to carefully read and follow the organic ant killers’ product label for safe and effective application. In addition, be sure the organic ant killer you choose is safe for indoor use.

To sum  up, to stop ants from watching the TV in the living room you need to find the source of the place where the ants are entering your home and sealing them up. Take their food source from them by keeping things clean and removing any items of food they can get to. Basically, clearing the all-you-can-eat buffet. Be vigilant on killing the scout ants. And finally use an organic ant killer.

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