How to Combat Ants

Good housekeeping can prevent them. But should they get in, there are ways to get rid of them.

Ant Control Strategies

There are many small things you can do to make sure you don't get an infestation of ants. If you already have them around, here are some ways you can easily take care of them.

Good Housekeeping

All foods that are attractive to ants should be stored in tightly sealed containers. All wastes from the preparation and cleanup of meals should be transferred immediately to an outdoor garbage can.

Reduce Access and Entry

Once you've made food and water unavailable, you need to prevent ants from entering your home. Seal or caulk entry spots, such as cracks in the foundation or siding, around doors and windows, along baseboards, walls, and cabinets. Spray Ortho® Home Defense Max® Perimeter & Indoor Insect Control Ready-To-Use around openings in the house that you can't seal, like around windows and doors or spot treat.

Treating Ants Outdoors

Ants become a problem outdoors when they protect insects that damage plants, such as aphids, scales and mealybugs from attack by their natural enemies. Certain ants stroke aphids to increase their production of honeydew, or carry them to un-infested plants to supply them with ample food. Control ants outdoors with products such as Ortho® Ant B Gon® MAX Ant Eliminator Ready-To-Use.