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Buying a new home is an exciting experience, but there is a lot that has to be considered if you want to make sure that your investment is a solid one. For example, while it isn’t required, it is a good idea to have your real estate agent hire an independent inspector to have prospective homes personally inspected for safety and condition before making an offer. Learning how your real estate agent can best help you before actually hiring an agent will ensure that the person you work with has the experience and ideas needed to get the results that you want. On this website, you can expect to find out how to find a great real estate agent and how you can best tap into the talents.

Tips For Keeping Ants Out Of Your Home

Ants can be a nuisance and in some cases, they can be hard to get rid of. There are some things you can do to avoid attracting them, and if you already have ants, some ant control tips that will help get rid of them. Not every situation is the same so you may need to try several things to resolve your ant problem.

1. Keep Your House Clean

One of the very first things you need to do it to keep your house clean to avoid attracting ants. Ants often feed on crumbs and sweet things that might get spilled. Jelly, honey, soda, and syrup, for instance, should be cleaned up as soon as they spill so that you do not attract scout ants looking for a meal. Once the scouts find something good, they will return with many more ants to collect what they found and it will be much harder to get rid of them.

2. Eliminate Wet Spots in the House

Ants are attracted to moist, cool areas and they will sometimes set up small colonies inside the house if they find a spot that suits their needs. Look for areas in the bathroom, kitchen, and around windows where water might be. Also, check under bathtubs and showers for leaks. If you have moisture accumulating, you may very well end up with ants there as well. 

Along with ants, termites will look for these moist, dark areas so by eliminating those spots, you can keep the ants out and discourage termites and carpenter ants as well. 

3. Bait For Ants

Ant baits are designed to attract ants to them, so if you have a colony on the march, put the bait down in that area. You will see it attract a lot of ants, but the ones that eat the bait will die from it, and the scouts will track the bait back with them to the colony where it will kill more ants and kill the larvae. The idea is, stop the ants where they start and stop the colony growth

4. Make the Garden More Appealing

One recommendation that you might want to try is to make the ants want to stay outside. Planting a garden and not spraying it with a lot of insecticides can actually attract aphids that excrete something called honeydew. Ants eat this honeydew so if you kill the aphids, you are removing an outdoor food source for the ants. While aphids can be a problem for some plants, they are not harmful to others and you might want some in the garden.