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How to Get Rid of Ants in North Carolina

Ants crawling on floor

If you live in North Carolina, you know that one of the most common, annoying, ever-present household bugs are ants. Somehow, despite your best efforts, these pesky pests always seem to find a way into your home and kitchen and can be a nightmare to get rid of. Luckily for you, getting rid of ants in your home doesn’t have to always involve expensive treatments!

Before we get into how to get rid of ants in NC, you need to understand the types of ants in NC!

Types of Ants in North Carolina:

Because NC is a unique state in the fact that there are mountains, piedmont, and coast, all within our great state, means there's going to be quite a few different types of ants you might encounter.  That being said, these are the most popular types of ants in North Carolina:

  • Acrobat Ants - "Crematogaster" - Heart shaped abdomen, sometimes raise their abdomen above their head.
  • Argentine Ants - "Linepithema humile" - Known as "sugar ants", one of several home-invading ants in NC, form lines of ants.
  • Carpenter Ants - "Camponotus" - Largest ant species in NC, black color.
  • Fire Ants - "Solenopsis invicta" - Red, large and have an uncomfortable sting. 

As you can see, North Carolina has quite a few different types of ant species.  Some of them are higher nuisances than others, and some can even give you a nasty sting.  So you need to know which species you're dealing with, before trying to get rid of them!

DIY Methods to Get Rid of Ants:

That’s right-- there are many DIY tactics that you can use to get rid of and prevent ants in your home without breaking the bank. Read on to learn all about how to get rid of ants in North Carolina so you can enjoy a bug-free home once again!

Evict Them with Vinegar

Yep, that plain old vinegar that you have lying around in your pantry could help you get rid of ants in your home! To use this method, put a solution of half water and half vinegar into a spray bottle. Then, spray areas around your home where you have seen ants, and don’t forget to spray common entry points like baseboards, doorways, and windows! The strong vinegar scent will erase the ant’s chemical trails, keeping them away. For best results, apply at least twice per day.

Keep Your Home Clean

Ants usually come into our homes in search of food, so one of the best ways to keep ants out of your house is to ensure that your home isn’t an all-you-can-eat ant buffet! Ensure that you keep your home as clean and sanitary as possible--especially your kitchen. Try these helpful tips:

  • Mop your floors with a vinegar solution
  • Sanitize your countertops
  • Clean out your pantry
  • Don’t leave food lying around (pet food included!)
  • Take out your garbage daily
  • Keep garbage a safe distance away from the perimeter of your home.

Use Essential Oils

Do you have pets and children around your home? Using essential oils is an easy and natural way to deter ants. To use this method, simply soak cotton balls in essential oils like peppermint or spearmint. Then, take your essential oil bombs and place them around your home in areas where ants frequently visit. You can also use the oil to dab around windows and doorways to keep them from entering.

Stick it to Them With Adhesive Tape

If you’ve only noticed a few ants around your home, using sticky adhesive tape to trap them is a great, easy, and chemical-free option! If you see ants marching around your home, simply place adhesive tape (sticky side up of course!) around the areas where ants are popping up. They will walk right across the tape and get stuck. Then, all you have to do is throw away your easy homemade ant trap!

Call in the Professionals!

While taking care of a few ants might seem easy, if left unchecked, a few ants can quickly turn into hundreds. It’s important to keep in mind these DIY, natural tips work best for mild infestations. If you have a severe infestation that you just can’t shake, it’s best to let the professionals help. Terminix Triad is a Greensboro pest control company that offers complete pest control services--whether it’s ants, roaches, spiders, rodents, or more that plague your home-- we can eradicate them in a fast, affordable manner!

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