Ants are one of the most common insects that invade the home. Depending on the climate, they can be anything from an occasional nuisance to a persistent pest. Being such a regular home visitor, there are many products devised to take care of them. So why use an organic ant control? It's a natural product mined from the earth as opposed to other pesticides with a chemical base. This is something to consider, especially when children and pets live in the home. It also continues to work long after any chemical products have evaporated, providing a natural ant repellent as long as the powder remains untouched. So how do you treat the indoor ant infestation in your home? Here are some steps for you to follow.
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Make sure you have all the right equipment for the job. You can select from of our diatomaceous earth products below which includes the duster or just buy some DE and use your own applicators. There is no wrong way to apply diatomaceous earth, it just needs to come into contact with the insect to work.
One thing to keep in mind is that DE only works when dry. This fine powder starts to clump, and loses its absorptive properties when it's wet. Not that having ants is ever good, but one advantage to treating them indoors is that it usually stays pretty dry.
Apply DE to the affected areas where the ants reside. Be sure to pay special attention to baseboards and cupboard corners. Other good places may be inside and around garbage cans, especially the one in the kitchen. Also treat areas where ants could easily enter your house. You can mix DE with water to make it into a kind of slurry to spray out of a bottle for easy application. DE becomes effective again once it has dried. Continually shake the bottle as you apply DE around the house.
Not only does diatomaceous earth kill the ants, but it stops them from returning. Once the ants are gone, it's a good idea to keep treating your house about once a month to maintain a natural ant repellent around your home. Pay particular attention to the areas where ants can get into your house.