Ants are not Welcome

Summer has arrived in Maine,
bringing with it warmer weather, festivals, vacations, and visitors. 

Sometimes those visitors include some unwelcome the ants who invite themselves to invade our homes for their summer vacation. 
Not only are ants dirty, but some ants can cause some serious damage to your home. 

Don't worry, there are some ways to avoid having these unwanted guests make themselves at home.

1.  Keep your home dry
      Ants like moist and damaged wood so keeping things dry will make your home less desirable to the little visitors. 

2.  Replace any damaged wood
      This is the stuff they love to chew on.

3.  Keep the crumbs cleaned up
     Ants love crumbs, especially sweet stuff.

4.  Don't store firewood inside
     You could be bring the ants in with the wood. 

5. Use preventative measures
      Borax, cinnamon, & cornmeal are just a few things you can use to deter the little pests.

Ant Killer Recipe

Items Needed: 

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar 
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Borax 
  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water 
  • Cotton Balls 
  • Shallow Containers


Mix together the Sugar and Borax.  Add the sugar mixture to the warm water and stir until dissolved.  Soak cotton balls in mixture.  Place soaked cotton balls in shallow containers where you have seen ants. 

Borax can be dangerous to people and pets, so please don't use around children or pets. 

Check out our "Ants Are Not Welcome" board on Pinterest for more ways to deter ants including pet friendly options and send the unwanted visitors packing!