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Ant Control: It’s Up to You

The sight of hundreds of ants snaking across your floor and countertops can inspire feelings of helplessness. After all, there’s only one of you and something like a trillion ants marching around outside your home. But remember, your brain is one of the most highly evolved, advanced organisms on earth. What you lack in numbers, you make up for in smarts and persistence. You can’t outman the ants but you can certainly outmaneuver them. Really, ant control is up to you.

The first tool in your anti-ant arsenal is your car. Get in it and drive to a grocery or hardware store that sells Combat ant bait stations. Buy some for your current problem and stock up on bait stations for use in later months. On the evolutionary scale, ants have nothing on Combat. The bait stations contain a delicious mix of ant food and insecticide that the little critters carry back to their colonies. Place the ant baits around the house near the cracks and crevices where pests gain entry, and in the cabinets where they find food. In what is called a secondary kill, the bait will be consumed within the colony, killing the queen and the thousands of workers laboring there.

After setting out the bait stations, steady yourself for a major cleanup of your kitchen. Ants are coming in your house because they have discovered a steady supply of sweets, grease, and water. This consists of nearly invisible gobs of goo on your counters, under your appliances, and decaying on your stovetop.

Make a clean sweep of the kitchen with the vacuum, brush, or broom. Be sure to reach into the deepest recesses of your cabinets, behind the refrigerator, and between the stove and the countertop. When that’s done make a half-and-half mixture of white vinegar and water to wash counters, appliances, and floors.

Put away all open food packages—cookies, chips, flour, sugar, whatever—in airtight jars or plastic containers. With your bait stations and your sparkling clean kitchen, your ant problem should quickly dwindle to zero.