There are many small things you can do to make sure you don't get an infestation of ants. If you already have them around, here are some ways you can easily take care of them.
All stored foods that are attractive to ants should be kept in tightly sealed containers. All wastes from the preparation and cleanup of meals should be transferred immediately to an outdoor garbage can.
Once you've made food and water unavailable, you need to prevent ants from entering your home. Seal or caulk entry spots, such as cracks in the foundation or siding, around doors and windows, along baseboards, walls, and cabinets. Spray Ortho® Home Defense Max® Perimeter and Indoor Insect Killer around openings in the house that you can't seal. If you find ants in the house, you can spray them with Ortho Elementals? Home Insect Killer. Another option is to use an ant bait. Ortho® Ant-B-Gon® Bait is approved for use under sinks, cabinets, and refrigerators.
Ants become a problem outdoors when they protect insects that damage plants, such as aphids, scales and mealybugs from attack by their natural enemies. Certain ants stroke aphids to increase their production of honeydew, or carry them to un-infested plants to supply them with ample food. Control ants in your garden with products such as Ortho® Bug-B-Gon MAX® Lawn & Garden Insect Killer Ready-to-Spray or Ortho® Elementals? Garden Insect Killer For a barrier treatment around your home's foundation, try Ortho® Home Defense® MAX? Insect Killer Granules.