How to Keep Ants Out of Your House and Yard
Put an end to most ant problems with inexpensive products from the home center or hardware store, and save the expense of hiring an exterminator.
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How to Identify Ants
How to Find Ant Nests
Ant Removal: Determine the Best Ant Bait
Ant Removal: Erase Ant Trails
Ant Removal: Wipe Out Ant Colonies
How to Kill Ants in Your Yard
- First, mow the grass.
- Then spray the insecticide on the entire lawn—you can also spray shrubs and trees.
How to Kill Ants in Your Yard: Destroy Exterior Nests
How to Kill Ants in Your Yard: Fire Ants
Ant Prevention: Keep It Clean
Ant Prevention: Spray Ant Entry Points
Ant Prevention: Spray on an Ant Barrier
Ant Prevention: Eliminate Safe Havens for Ants
- Trim back bushes, shrubs and trees that brush against your siding or roof that provide a bridge for ants to reach your house.
- Keep a 3-in. to 6-in. clearance space between the soil around the foundation and the bottom row of siding to prevent ants from nesting in the siding (and make sure the soil slopes away from the house).
- Avoid stacking firewood next to the house. Firewood makes a perfect retreat for ants.
- Ants like bare spots in the yard and ants like to build nests under layers of thatch. Maintaining a healthy lawn is one way to get rid of ants.
- If anthills pop up in bare areas, spray the mound with insecticide and plant grass in the bare spots in order to get rid of ants.
- Rake the lawn or bag the grass when you mow to eliminate thatch.