Ants in kitchen

How Do I Get Rid of Ants On My Kitchen Counter?

Natural Ways to Remove Ants From Your Kitchen

There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering a trail of ants in your kitchen while you’re cooking a delicious dinner or putting your groceries away. Especially when the weather is warm, pesky bugs, like ants, will do everything they can to get inside your home looking for shelter and, of course, food. This is not only obnoxious, but ants are also unhygienic and can cause damage throughout the house. What can you do when you have a few more (uninvited) houseguests than you bargained for?

Fortunately, there are several home remedies that you can use to get rid of ants in your kitchen or wherever you may find them. One of the most important parts of pest control is coming up with a solution that’s not only effective but also safe for the other inhabitants of the space, including your family and pets.

Some safe remedies for an ant infestation include:

  • Chalk

  • Lemon slices

  • Orange slices

  • White vinegar

  • Pepper

  • Salt

  • Cinnamon

  • Peppermint

These naturally occurring items are each a safe option to get rid of your ant problem and deter the pests from returning. Part of the reason why the citrus and different spices are so effective is because of their strong odors, which ants can’t stand. While many of these smells are enticing to human noses, they will drive ants away and keep them out of your home.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Ants?

For every ant you see scurrying across your counter, there could be hundreds of others hiding in places you can’t see. The most efficient way to get rid of your ant problem is to attack the colony rather than single insects. You can do this by baiting the scout ants with a combination of gels, which should be placed where children and pets can’t reach it, and child-resistant bait stations where they can. Although it may seem like ants will try to get into anything that they can, they do have their preferences. Still, you’ll find the best results from this method when the baits are placed where they’re not competing with other enticing food sources. That means keeping your kitchen clean after every meal and snack should be even more of a priority than it already is.

Due to their foraging nature, the ants you can see present an opportunity to get rid of your problem. Once the scout ants have picked up the bait, they’ll take the concoction back to their colony, doing your work for you.

Preventing ants from taking over your kitchen can sometimes be a one-off need, but oftentimes pest control can be seasonal. It’s important to be proactive in your fight to keep your home comfortable and pest-free; hiring a professional pest control company, like ours, can make all the difference.

If you’re still having ant problems after trying these home remedies, or you want to invest in some preventative measures to keep them from returning next season, contact Manning Pest Services at (479) 322-3963. We specialize in residential pest control, eliminating pests so you can rest.