Carpets don’t attract ants themselves, but food droppings, fruit juices, and other sweet food residues on the carpet really attract ants. Don’t worry, here are 7 ways (natural + chemical) you can use to easily get rid of ants on your carpet.
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1. Spray Boiling Water On The Carpet
The easiest way to get rid of ants on your carpet is to spray boiling water on the places where ants are entering, as well as on the carpet. Then wash the entire carpet with boiling water. You can do this by mixing a very small amount of dish soap and salt into the boiling water. This will act as an ant poison that you can prevent ants from going your carpet for a long time.
2. Use Vacuuming + Vinegar
The first step of this method is to vacuum up the ants on the carpet. This will remove most of the ants and will make it easier to clean the ants’ area. After vacuuming, spray a cleaning solution all over the carpet and ants will die within minutes.
A mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water will work well. This will kill the ants on contact and leave no bad smell behind. Vinegar is effective in getting rid of ants. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
3. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda together with sugar (as bait) is a non-toxic way to kill ants by altering ants body’s pH balance. You can put the baking soda and sugar mixture on the carpet where the ants are and they will carry it to their nest, and finally ants will die after eating it.
4. Use Diatomaceous Earth (Silicon Dioxide)
Diatomaceous earth is a safe and highly effective ant killer to get rid of ants on the carpet. Diatomaceous earth is a white powder with razor-sharp edges that damage the protective coating of ants’ exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate and die. Ants’ immunity system cannot resist it.
5. Use Ant Baits
Ant baits are designed to attract ants, and then once the ants have eaten the bait, it will kill them. Ant baits contain attractants (sugars, oils, proteins, or a combination of these) and an active ingredient (such as borax, also known as sodium borate).
There are a few different types of ant baits that you can buy, including liquid bait, solid bait, and granular bait.
Liquid bait is a type of bait that comes in a liquid form. You can either squirt the bait directly onto the ants, or you can pour it into a place where the ants are congregating. The bait will kill the ants within minutes.
Solid bait is a type of bait that comes in a solid form. It is often in the shape of pellets, but it can also come in other shapes. You will need to break up the solid bait into smaller pieces if you want to use it on ants. The ants will eat the bait, take it back to their colony, and then die.
Granular bait is another type of bait that is available. It comes in the form of a powder and you will need to sprinkle it where the ants are. The ants will eat the bait and then die.
All three types of ant bait are effective at killing ants. Always read the instructions on the bait before using it so that you know how to use it correctly.
Borax or boric acid is also a good choice to remove ants on your carpet. Just mix it with a small amount of sugar and spread the mixture on the carpet.
The ants will carry this mixture back to their nest, and it will kill them. Keep in mind that while this method is natural, it’s may also harmful to your pets and children, so make sure you keep it away from them.
6. Use Ant Carpet Powder If Too Many Ants
Ant carpet powder is an insecticide, which can be used if baits don’t work. It can be sprinkled around the perimeter of your home where ants are entering, as well as in carpet areas where you have seen ants. The powder will attach to the ants’ bodies and then dry them out, killing them.
Some ant carpet powder may have low toxicity to pets and children, so you need to be careful when using them. For example, the active ingredient of TERRO® ANT DUST is deltamethrin, which is neurotoxic.
You can easily remove ants with the above 6 ways. Keep in mind the safety of your children and pets when using chemical methods (ant baits and ant powder).
Prevention is better than treatment. For a long-term solution to get rid of ants, better clean and vacuum your carpet on a regular basis. Also, make sure not to eat over your carpet as ants only go where there is food.