How To Keep Ants Away From Your Air Conditioner

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The air conditioner in your home is likely one of the most beloved appliances you have. However, from time to time, the outside unit can be an attraction for ants. If left unchecked, these ants can make their way into your home, where they can become even more of a nuisance. If you see ants in the room near the air conditioner, it is very possible that they are coming from the outdoor unit. This guide explains how to keep ants away from the outdoor air-conditioning unit.

Step 1: Remove Food and Standing Water

Keep water from pooling around the air-conditioning unit. This may mean that you need to call a plumber to fix a leaking spigot that's nearby. Additionally, shovel some fill dirt into any low areas around the unit. As an alternative, pour some cement mix around the unit to prevent pools of rainwater, or to fix low spots in the ground.

Move bird feeders as far away from the air conditioner as possible so that food doesn't spill onto the ground, which can attract ants.

Step 2: Wipe Up the Ants

Wet a paper towel and wring it out. Then wipe off the air-conditioning unit, completely picking up any ants that are on it as you do so. Throw this paper towel in the outside garbage can. Don't throw it in the inside garbage can, in case the water from the paper towel did not kill all the ants.

Step 3: Wash the Air Conditioner

Fill a bucket with soap and water and use a wet cloth to wipe down the entire unit. When you're finished, rinse out the bucket and fill it with plain water. Dip a new clean cloth into the bucket, wring out the excess water and wipe down the unit, rinsing off the soap.

Optional: Use a spray bottle with soapy water to evenly distribute the mixture onto the air conditioner and then wipe it down.

Step 4: Spread Essential Oil

Pour some spearmint or peppermint essential oil on a clean cloth. Then wipe down the entire unit with it. Be sure to reach all the surfaces of the air conditioner. Then sprinkle it on the ground surrounding the unit as well.

Check for any signs of ants while you're doing normal yard work. Contact a pest control professional like Suffolk Pest Control for other tips and tricks on eradicating ants from this area, so that you can prevent them from getting into your home. Always use natural, chemical-free products to prevent injury to your children or pets.

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