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How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

Ants love urban areas, which is why you can find so many ants around Eastern Massachusetts. There is a lot of food for them to feast on. However, most people do not want ants in their homes. So, in this post, we will tell you how to figure out if you have an ant problem, and then tell you how to solve it.

Spoiler alert: the most effective way to get rid of ants is to call professional pest control like Fox Pest Control. We have the tools and experience to get rid of your ant problem forever.

Spotting an Ant Problem

To spot an ant problem is quite easy. If you see an ant in your home, you likely have an ant problem. As most people know, ants live in large colonies. They send out scouts to find where the next food source can be found. The single ant you witness is likely the scout, which has already put out a pheromone trail for the rest of the colony.

If you have an ant infestation it will not take long for ants to swarm on any food left on the counter. We don’t recommend using this trick as a way to find the ants, as it will just remind them that food comes from a certain area. However, accidentally left out food with ants on it means you have an ant problem.

You may also find ant hills outside in your yard. Most species of ant build anthills, which are quite easy to spot in your yard. If you have a lot of ants in your outdoor area the opportunity for them to find their way into your home increases.

Getting Rid of Ants

There are several ways to get rid of ants. Some have more effectiveness than others. But, below we’ve listed the top few ways that you can get rid of ants in your home.

  • You can buy over the counter ant traps. There is a number available for purchase from any home improvement, drug, or grocery store. You can find actual traps, traps that dispense poison, and just poison. Each of these options comes with their pros and cons. However, just know that you will need to keep the traps/poison out in your home indefinitely. This is not a permanent solution.
  • Make sure that all food sources for the ants are put away. This means keeping pet food secured, cleaning up all dirty dishes and crumbs, and never leaving food on the counter. Cleaning so thoroughly may seem like a pain, but without easy food, the ants may just go elsewhere.
  • Call professional ant removal services. This is the only way to ensure that the ants are out of your home for good.


If you live in the Eastern Massachusetts area, you’ll want to call Fox Pest Control. We provide free inspections and estimates. And, if you call use before 2 p.m., we will be to your home that same day. For ant extermination that lasts a lifetime, call Fox Pest Control.

Posted on September 30, 2019.

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