Ants are some of the most annoying unwelcomed guests. Though ants are not seen as gross critters, they tend to get into every nook and cranny of the home with ease. Ants are able to get inside of pantries, behind appliances, and even on beds without too much issue. If you notice that your home has an ant problem, you need to act immediately, as the issue is likely to spread quickly. In order to get rid of the ants and increase the overall atmosphere of your home, try these three changes.
Call pest control
If the ants have already infiltrated your home, it is now time to call pest control. Pest control can spray around the home and get rid of ants in each area. Do not forget to have pest control spray the exterior of the home along with the interior. Often there is a hole or openings that the ants find to get into your home from the exterior. Spraying pest control around the perimeter of the home will keep the ants away from the exterior of the home and stop the insects from trying to enter your domain.
Plant mint around your home
For those who have a green thumb and a love of plants, planting mint around your home will enhance your home's scent and will keep away the ants. Ants dislike the smell of peppermint, so keeping these plants around will keep the plants at bay. Be sure to prune your plants on a regular basis so that they remain healthy and do not die. Most mint plants are easy to care for with daily watering and pulling the branches that are dead. Planting these under windows especially can give your home a better scent.
Use cinnamon scents
Cinnamon is an effective way to keep way ants away, as ants are repelled by the scent. You can use cinnamon scented candles, cinnamon-scented home sprays, and you can even boil cinnamon sticks along with citrus peels on the oven. This will give off a strong smell which will make the home smell pleasant. You can also create a cinnamon scented potpourri and place these in the corners near entrances of your home. Being able to smell the scent immediately upon getting close to your home will turn off ants and decrease the population of ants that sit near your home. The best thing about cinnamon is that it is naturally a heavy scent, so you will only have to retouch the potpourri and replace the candles every once in a while.
Get in touch with a company like Petri Pest Control to learn more.