There are more ants on the planet than any other species, which means there’s many different possible approaches to getting rid of an ant infestation around your home.
Here are our guides for getting rid of ants, broken up into area of the home, type of ant, products, and more!
Table of Contents
- Ant Guides for Type of Ant
- Ant Guides for Area of Your Home
- Ant Pesticide Guides
- Other Ant Info
Ant Guides for Type of Ant
Black House Ants
Black house ants or “odorous house ants” are probably the most common ant species you’ll find around your house. These ants are black (duh) and pretty tiny. You may find them raiding your home for food or water.
Check out our complete guide on how to get rid of black house ants if you’re finding many of these around your house.
Most ants won’t damage structures, but carpenter ants are the exception. Carpenter ants build nests in damp wood, so if your home has moisture issues it could be a perfect home for a carpenter ant colony.
See our guide on signs you have a carpenter ant infestation.
If you know you’re dealing with a carpenter ant infestation, view our article about how to get rid of carpenter ants.
Fire ants are one of the more difficult ant species to manage because they don’t often respond as easily to bait. You need to make sure you’re using the right product when you’re fighting fire ants.
If you’re looking to keep things as “natural” as possible, we have a guide on how to get rid of fire ants naturally which some homeowners may prefer.
Looking to just tackle the problem with the most effective methods available? See how to get rid of fire ants.
Here’s where we get a little tricky – sugar ants aren’t really a type of ant in North America. This is a general term that’s widely used by the public to describe ants they find in their house that are attracted to sugary foods.
One important step of how to get rid of sugar ants is properly identifying them and then using the right products in response.
Flying ants aren’t a species of ant on their own. Most ants grow wings during the mating season, swarm, and then fly off to form a colony (or die outright).
Flying ants inside your home can be a sign of a major infestation! We’ve got a guide to help you manage this problem – how to get rid of flying ants.
Leaf Cutter Ants
Leaf cutter ants only impact a relatively narrow region of the United States, mostly in Texas. These pests can stripe a tree of all foliage overnight though, leaving it for dead! It’s a major problem for both homeowners are farmers.
It’s also one of the most difficult ants to control because it uses leaves to make its own fungus food, so baits aren’t effective. Instead, you’ll need to read about how to get rid of leaf cutter ants to see what actually works.
Ant Guides for Area of Your Home
Sometimes you may not really know or care what species of ant you’re dealing with, you just know you’ve got ants in your home and you want them gone.
I have a series of guides for getting ants out of various areas of your house, and help you fix the problems that attracted them in the first place.
The kitchen is the area of the home most commonly associated with ants. This is because it has the 2 main things ants are searching for – food and water.
You may be interested in our guide on how to get rid of ants around the kitchen sink. Water and food remnants can be a major attractant for ants.
Along the same lines, we have a guide on how to get rid of ants in your dishwasher. This can be particularly important because a leaky dishwasher can attract carpenter ants if your home sustains wood damage.
Ants may not be as closely associated with the bathroom as they are the kitchen, but it’s not uncommon. Most of the time it’s because you have a water problem – leaky pipes, improper caulking around the tub, etc.
Read about how to get rid of ants in your bathroom to get some privacy again!
Seeing ants in your bedroom is also a very unwelcome experience. It’s relatively uncommon compared to other rooms of the house, though.
A few ants are generally nothing to be too worried about, but if you see a lot of ants in your bedroom, it’s time to read up on how to get rid of ants in your bedroom.
If it’s ants outside the home you’re concerned with, we can help there too.
Seeing mounds of dirt around your property with ants scurrying in and out of them? View our guide on how to get rid of ant hills.
Have ants invaded your car?! I can tell you exactly how to get rid of ants in your car.
Ants in the carpet? Ick! Luckily, ants don’t live in carpeting and they can’t destroy carpeting. If you’re seeing a lot of ants around your carpet, it’s most likely a sign that there is food or water nearby.
Check out how to get rid of ants in the carpet.
We can form a very strong sentimental attachment to trees on our property which can make it very alarming to find carpenter ants digging tunnels in them! Here are some steps on how to get rid of carpenter ants in a tree.
Ant Pesticide Guides
When it comes to using pesticides to control ants, there are many options available and they aren’t all created equal.
Ant baits are a key part of any effective ant control strategy because it’s a reliable way to kill the queen which otherwise is difficult to locate.
If you want to cut to the chase, check out my article on the best ant bait killers to see what I recommend.
One popular active ingredient in commercial ant baits is borax. This cleaning agent doubles as ant poison, and it’s a relatively safe alternative to stronger chemical baits. I have a guide on how to kill ants with borax if you’d like to explore this DIY method.
Read my Terro Ant Bait review to see what I think of this popular brand found at most home improvement stores around the country.
Ant Sprays and Dusts
While ant bait is effective, using a ant spray or dust can help prevent infestations from reoccurring and kill off any straggler ants around your property before they have a chance to start an infestation.
Using diatomaceous earth for ants is a very safe and effective way to get long-lasting killing power in cracks and crevices of your home.
I detail many different forms of ant control including exterior sprays, interior sprays, foams, and baits in my guide to the best ant killers for indoor and outdoor use.
When dealing with ants, many people try to turn to home remedies to solve their problem, but this is seldom a good idea!
I write guides explaining what household items can and can’t work to get rid of ants, and offer useful alternatives when needed.
See my answer to the question: does bleach kill ants?
Other Ant Info
Interested in learning more about the life of ants?
Here’s a list of 17 natural predators that eat ants.
Here’s an article about “what do ants eat“?