Question: I have tiny black ants in my kitchen. They are all over the sink, cabinet and floor. I have sprayed, cleaned, put cinnamon, boric acid, baking soda, ant hotels and still no effect. They return two days later in full capacity. What can I do?
ANSWER: General ant control begins with the elimination of conducive conditions for ant infestations. Ants are in your home for the same reasons we go there. They are looking for food, water and shelter. The first step in controlling the ants is exercising a good sanitation program. Even an unseen cookie crumb will be enough to attract the ants. Once they find the food sources they will be trailing to it. Removing standing water, cleaning around cabinets, stoves, microwaves, washing dishes every time they are used and dumping the garbage cans on a regular basis are just a few of the steps a homeowner needs to take.
Ant control is difficult and takes time. Patience is essential. Ant control needs to be scientific. Call your local Orkin Branch Office and a highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will come to your home and conduct a comprehensive inspection. Once a complete assessment is performed, your Orkin Pest Specialist will develop an customized solution backed by science to control the ants and meet your needs.
The Orkin Man used the information above to also answer the following questions submitted by Orkin.com users:
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