Our Omaha and Iowa exterminators understand how worrying it can be to discover an ant infestation in your home. No homeowner wants to share their home with unwanted visitors, and, naturally, you will want to take action quickly to remove the ants from your home. While there is plenty of information on eliminating ants from your home, it’s vital that you know what is true and what is not.
Our pest removal team has helped countless homeowners to remove ants from their properties successfully. We have also come across many of the same home remedies that, while touted to be effective, rarely work. Many myths surround ants’ removal, and our insect and pest exterminators are here to debug five of the most common.
Vinegar Kills Ants
Vinegar has a potent smell that even many humans find difficult to tolerate. Ants also don’t like vinegar, but it won’t eliminate them from your home. The best result you can hope to get from using vinegar is that it confuses the ants and throws them off course for a while, but they will return, especially if the home is not kept tidy and clean of debris or smelly trash.
Boiling Water Destroys The Entire Colony
Dousing ants in boiling water is commonly believed to eradicate the entire colony. Our ant experts at Genie Pest Control, however, can confirm that this myth is not valid. Boiling water will undoubtedly be effective in killing any ants that are immediately exposed. Unfortunately, by the time the boiling water reaches the colony’s queen (this is what makes it thrive), the water would no longer be boiling, and this technique would no longer be effective.
Ants Cannot Cross A Chalk Line
Ants are hard-working, determined, and resilient. When you put a chalk line down, you effectively disrupt the scent trail. Although many people believe this to be an effective method of controlling ants, the reality is that the ants will regroup and find another route. If you have a vast amount of ants, they will group and create a path with their bodies over the chalk to get to the curious scent that has caught their attention.
Uncooked Grains Will Kill Ants
Despite popular belief, leaving uncooked grains such as grits or oatmeal where ants are active will not kill them. Some people believe that these grains will expand in the ant’s stomach, causing them to die. However, our Genie Pest Control ant exterminators can confirm that this is entirely unfounded and untrue.
Kill The Ants You See
Getting rid of any ants that you see scurrying around your home might reduce their numbers slightly, but it will not solve the problem. To altogether remove ants from your home, you need to remove the entire ant colony and not just a few ants here and there. If you see a handful of ants in your home, you can be sure there are plenty more to follow.
Remove Ants From Your Home For Good With The Help Of Genie Pest Control
To altogether remove an ant infestation from your home, getting to the source of the problem is essential. Here at Genie Pest Control, our exterminators have helped countless homeowners eliminate their homes of ants for good. We can help you too! Get in touch with our ant removal exterminators today, and let us help you to live ant-free.