Have Black Ants in Your House? Don’t Worry, Do THIS…


Black house ants are tiny black ants that are among the most common types of insects you can find in homes. Many types of ants can invade homes: carpenter, pharaoh, odorous, sugar, black, leaf cutter ants, and Argentine ants.

Like all ants, black ant colonies have some serious collective intelligence. Because of this, black ants can be very annoying when they infest your house.

People often have a hard time dealing with black ant infestations because these insects do not give up easily once they’ve found a food source.

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Using Baits Against Black Ants

Black ants have a specific track that they move on when they gather food and store it. Their movement is very predictable, so you can use baits successfully.

Baits are easy to find in stores and they are effective methods of repelling ants. Baits do not eliminate ants instantly, but this can be used to your advantage.

The infected ants return to the colony, where they infect other ants. In the end, the whole colony may die. The baits are used on the scent trails (tracks).

The Use of Ant Sprays

Spray use can be another convenient method of dealing with a black ant infestation. All you need to do is mix the substance, put in a sprayer and spray the insects until they are gone.

You can use the spray directly on colonies and nests, even in your yard. Many of the sprays you get from stores can be good for residual control over the insects once the spraying is over.

Using Poisons for Black Ants

Because black house ant infestations are so common, finding the right type of poison for these insects is easy. You can find poisons in store or online.

Poison can be used in the cracks that black ants use as entry points to your house. There are aerosols and insecticides that can be poisonous to black house ants.

Using Heat and Water for Black Ants Population Control

Did you know that there is a simple method for getting rid of black house ants easily? This method involves heat, but not directly.

If you try to burn the ants, you could end up burning items from the home and you may start a fire. Instead, you can boil water and pour it while it is still very hot inside the colony. Ants are hydrophobic animals, meaning that they are afraid of water and especially of floods.

You will use a deadly combination in this way: heat and water (boiled water). Entire colonies can be eliminated using this method, including the queens.

Using Residential Pest Control Services Against Black House Ants

If you don’t want to deal with a black ant problem on your own, the best approach is to call an ant exterminator. 

This is a company that provides pest control services and ant extermination services for residences with active black ant infestations. Such companies can use more powerful solutions than the ones you a normal person can find in stores. These more powerful solutions can help you to permanently get rid of black house ants.

When you try to deal with the black ant infestations yourself, sometimes you might accidentally achieve the opposite—ant colonies relocating but still finding a way into your home.

What attracts black ants?

Larger black ants you find in your house are often carpenter ants, but there are other black ants too. Black ants are attracted to protein (sometimes other bugs) or sweets (honey, sugar, etc.).

Why are black ants in my house?

Black ants can sneak through tiny cracks into your house when they’re exploring for food. If they find a food source (can be tiny crumbs, trash, or food left in the open), they communicate to other ants from their colony to send more ants to the food location.

How to get rid of black ants in my kitchen?

To get rid of black ants in your kitchen, you need to 1) identify their food source 2) remove their food source 3) seal any obvious cracks or openings they got through (you won’t get all of these because ants can slip through tiny crevices, but aim to seal any major entry points)

Further resources for controlling black ants in your house

  1. Ant Management – Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment Protection
  2. A Guide to House-Invading Ants and Their Control – ncsu.edu
  3. Ant Around the Home and Landscape – University of Nebraska Lincoln
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By David Jackson

I enjoy learning about new pest control strategies and sharing what I learn at NeverPest.com. I aim to create a reliable resource for people dealing with all sorts of pest issues.

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  2. We’ve been left in charge of my brother’s beach house while he’s away and I want to make sure we keep everything just the way he left it. I never knew that bay leaves are a good deterrent to black ants because I’m someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen and so I have a good arrangement of spices and herbs with me, so a solution like this sounds like a good way to make use of the extra herbs I don’t end up using. I’ll be sure to follow your tips after we find an ant control service to do an initial check on the beach house before we settle in. Thank you!

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