To kill as many ants as possible, you will need the best pest control. You can make homemade bait, or buy some in home maintenance stores such as Home Depot. If you want a quick and effective solution without needing much prior knowledge about what type of ants you are facing, it may be more effective to buy bait. Ants’ taste for food usually changes depending on the season: they prefer proteins in the spring and sweet or oily foods in the summer, however, as stated previously, different types may prefer different kinds of food. You can buy bait that, for example, are created to work on ants that prefer both sweet and greasy foods. Once your bait has been set, be ready to see large amounts of ants appear and take the bait with them to their colony. Since the bait you have set out is toxic, it will kill the entire colony, which could be up to thousands of ants.
With certain ants, such as carpenter ants, you cannot always afford using up your time to explore different options. These ants can make structural damage to parts of your house, and thus should be taken care of immediately by wiping out the nest and entire colony. As ants tend to be attracted to damp areas, you should start by exploring areas subject to water damage or dampness, such as attics, bathrooms and exterior walls. Once a pest control expert (www.homeparamount.com) identifies the nest, you will need to spray it with an insecticide containing bifenthrin, permethrin or deltamethrin (these will be written on the label or the insecticide).
Once you have eliminated the ants, it is important to make sure they do not come back. The most recommended method, especially if you have children or pets in your home, would be to clean the house of ant trails using the vinegar and water mixture, and then keeping your home clean the best you can (and you should make sure to take care of any ant nests you suspect lurking around the outside of your home as well). If chemicals are not an issue, you can spray the insecticide around doors and windows to repel new ants that want to enter your home. Make sure your house has been ridden of all ants before using this method, as it only keeps ants out and does not kill ants that are already inside. If you want to avoid using chemicals, you can use the classic method of drawing a line at your house’s entry points with chalk. This is not an old myth: there is actually calcium carbonate in the chalk, which repels ants.