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Controlling Ants in Your Home

You see one ant inside your house.  Then two… Before you know it there’s a line of ants invading your home.  Argentine ants are frequent invaders in California homes. They are tiny (1/8 inch). They come inside a few at a time at first (the scouts), and then in long lines, following scent trails to a food source.


If you deal with ants when they first come inside, a few simple steps can take care of the problem.

  1. Find what ants are after (usually leftover food) and where they are entering the room (usually through a crack in the wall). Mark the spot so you can find it again. If you can’t find an entry point, see Step 4.
  2. Spray lines of ants with soapy water and wipe up with a sponge, and clean up any food or spills.
  3. Next, block entry points temporarily with a smear of petroleum jelly or a piece of tape.
  4. If you can’t find an entry point, clean up the ants (Step 2). Place a bait station in an out-of-the-way spot on the line the ants have been following. Remember to remove the bait station when the line of ants has disappeared so you don’t attract more ants into the house

For more tips on how to control ants in and around your home, click on the link below:

Controlling Ants in Your Home Tips


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