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How to Get Rid of Ants in the Bedroom: Step-By-Step Guide

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Ants in the bedroom can be a pretty unsettling experience. 

Ants can always find something in your house that they find attractive – and it’s usually food, but how do you get rid of ants in your bedroom? 

There are many different ways to go about doing this depending on how severe the problem is. 

This article will help provide detailed information about how to get rid of ants in your bedroom step-by-step.

Why Are There Ants in My Bedroom?

Ants foraging in and around homes find their way into the bedroom due to several reasons. 

To boil it down, if your bedroom is warm, has a place for ants to hide, and provides them with a food source nearby, it’s an ideal place for ants.

They may be drawn in by leftover food, crumbs or they might just want to use your house as shelter from harsh weather conditions such as rain, wind, etc.

ant with wings in the bedroom

If you have pets, their food bowls can be another attractive place that ants will go looking for food.

Bedrooms are also pretty warm. Ants enjoy warmer temperatures, especially if it’s cold outside. A nice temperature, combined with a darker place to hide, provides ants with an ideal nesting site.

Ants like to stay out of sight to avoid predators. A bedroom often provides a place where ants can settle in, out of sight.

What Do Ants Find Attractive in the Bedroom?

Ants mainly seek water, food, and a place to hide in the bedroom. The number one reason for ant infestations is food (or food crumbs).

Ants can be attracted to such things as:

  • Sweet drinks or foods
  • Crumbs of food on the ground, countertops, and tables
  • Dead insects or insect parts that are found in a bedroom (such as spider legs)

The most common ants that invade homes include carpenter ants and odorous house ants [1]

Carpenter ants tend to eat sweets while odorous house ants prefer protein sources like meats, nuts, cheese, etc. 

In general, both types of ant won’t mind if their meal is meaty or sugary.

ants eating foods together

Is Having Ants in the Bedroom Dangerous?

Ants are not dangerous. Not to humans at least. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t annoying to have running around. 

Ants might be dangerous to your home though. Some ants, such as carpenter ants, will nest in the walls, damaging them. Hence, it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Ants have been known to spread food-borne disease organisms. If you find them infesting your food, you might have to be careful.

When you’re getting rid of the ants, you should also be careful when handling pesticides, as these can pose a threat to your health, if you don’t take the necessary safety precautions.

What Causes Ants in the Bedroom?

Ants can be found in just about any room of the house. They are very common to see inside the kitchen or bathroom, but how do ants get into your bedroom? There are many factors that cause ants to enter a bedroom. Generally speaking though, ants love warm and moist climates where they have easy access to food. Bedrooms provide at least two of these (warmth and easy access to your kitchen).

So how do you keep them away from getting into your home? You can: 

  • Store food items properly by placing all edibles in tightly sealed containers. 
  • Make sure there isn’t excess moisture on countertops.
  • Ensure pet foods stay dry and clean.
  • Make sure you don’t have any trash lying around. 
  • Also, ants love crawling through crevices so seal up any cracks or spaces around doors and windows. 
  • Lastly, always clean the floors with a good cleaner.

Identifying Ants in the Bedroom

Ants are small insects that vary in color. The most common colors of ants are black, brown, or red. 

There are over 12,000 species of ants all around the world, but only about 25 of these will invade your home (in the U.S.).

Here’s how you can tell apart the most common house invaders.

Black Ants

Black ants are commonly found in homes. They can be a nuisance and cause damage to your home if they continue to be present. Black ants can be carriers of disease and can be unsafe to humans if they enter the home.

These black insects look like small fragments of coal when seen up close. Their heads, thoraxes, abdomens, legs, and antennae are all black, hence their name “Black Ants”.

trail of ants

Little Brown Ants

Little brown ants are a species of ant that you can find in your house. You will start to see these little bugs crawling around on the countertops, floors, and walls.

Again, we can tell how they look from their name. These ants are smaller in stature, and they’re completely brown.

pharoah ant 1

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are usually found in areas where there are dead trees [2]

These types of ants do not eat wood (contrary to many people’s beliefs). Instead, they use their very strong mandibles to chew through wood to make tunnels for their nest.

ant with wings

Areas where you might find carpenter ant infestations include fences, firewood piles near buildings, walls, insulation, and under the floor.

They will usually nest in damaged wood, as this is easier to chew through, but they will infest walls or insulation, as this is easy for them to chew through as well.

Flying Ants

Flying ants are usually spotted at the end of spring. Flying ants are reproductive ants (virgin queens and males).

These flying ants will not be around for long as they only spend a very short time in this form. Queens lose their wings after mating and males die.

If your house is infested by flying ants, it could be a sign that their colony has nested somewhere near or in your house.

Helpful article: Why some ants can fly and others can’t?

male ants

Step-By-Step Instructions for Getting Rid of Ants in the Bedroom

Step 1: Locate Entry Points

The first thing you need to do is locate how the ants are getting into your bedroom. 

Ants will typically come crawling in through small cracks or regular entries to your home. Check your doors and windows for signs of ants, and check around your walls for small cracks.

ant crawling on the wall

Step 2: Seal Entry Points

Seal all cracks and crevices around doors, windows, baseboards, and pipes as these can serve as entrance points for pests such as ants. 

Also, ensure that door sweeps on the bottom of doors seal tightly against flooring surfaces or fit within channels along the threshold to prevent insects from crawling beneath doorways. 

The best material to use would be silicone caulk which is designed for this purpose.

alone carpenter ant crawling on the woods

Step 3: Clean Your Bedroom and Your House

You should clean up your room and the rest of your house. 

Wipe down any surfaces that are currently in contact with ants, including countertops, floors, and walls.

You should do this to ensure you wipe away any food that might be attracting the ants.

This should make sure the infestation doesn’t get any worse while you get rid of the existing ants.

bleach cleaning to kill ants

Step 4: Use Ant Baits, Powders, and Sprays

Ant baits are a common way to get rid of ants in the bedroom. Ants will be poisoned by them and spread to their colonies, which should eventually kill all of them. 

Make sure you do not use any bait that is intended for outdoor usage since these may be harmful to pets or children if they come into contact with it. 

Spraying certain kinds of powders directly onto an ant trail can also work well – just ensure that there are no people or animals around when doing so as some products contain chemicals that could cause damage upon direct exposure.

Make sure you know which type of ant is in your home or apartment before attempting to use any chemicals. Most products work well on all types of ants, but you can never be too safe.

spraying ants

Natural Alternatives

If you don’t want to use chemicals, there are natural alternatives. If you have pets or small children, it might be a good idea to attempt using natural remedies before using chemical pesticides.

One of the most popular ones is diatomaceous earth.

Diatomaceous Earth can enter into their bodies through direct contact causing dehydration. This will eventually lead to death within a few days.

To use diatomaceous earth, spread it near entry points. The best method would be to apply it directly to the nest, but this isn’t always possible.

Diatomaceous Earth

Step 5: Call an Exterminator

If you’ve already tried to get rid of the ants in your bedroom yourself without luck, you should call an exterminator.

Calling pest control is always the best and safest option when dealing with pest infestations. An exterminator will know how to handle your problem.

exterminator

Best Remedies to Get Rid of Ants in the Bedroom

Some common household items like sugar or grease can attract ants making it more likely for an indoor infestation to occur by giving these insects access indoors through cracks and crevices near doors, windowsills, and entry points into your home. 

If you’re looking for the best remedies to get rid of ants in the bedroom, you have two options:

  • Go all natural
  • Go for chemical solutions

Now, natural remedies don’t always work. These are all in all less effective than chemicals, but they might be worth a shot if you don’t want to spread chemicals around your house.

Chemical solutions are produced for the purpose of getting rid of pests, which is why they’re so effective. There are several types of pesticides, the most common being ant spray or ant bait stations.

Read on to find out which you should use.

We will also discuss when you should call for professional help. Sometimes an infestation will be too serious for DIY methods to work. An exterminator will always be able to help.

Natural Remedies

There are some natural remedies that you can use to get rid of ants. 

When using natural remedies, it’s important to locate the ants first. Since natural remedies aren’t as strong as chemicals, you need to apply the various remedies close to the source of the problem.

Once you know where they’re coming from, you’re ready to apply your natural mixture or ingredient.

The most popular natural remedies include:

  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Borax
  • Boiling water
  • Cinnamon
  • Vinegar

Diatomaceous Earth

Some people have had good results covering up wet areas where ants congregate with talcum powder or diatomaceous earth (DE).

See more: Diatomaceous against ants

sprinkling powder

Borax

Another popular method is to use Borax powder. Borax can work as a poison against ants – but they need to ingest it. Make a borax mixture by adding borax to a sugary substance. This can be sugar water, syrup, or anything similar to this.

See more: Borax for Ants

white powder pesticide

Boiling Water

Boiling water is a great way to kill ants – but only if you know where the nest is. Boiling water works simply because it’s so hot, that the ants will instantly die from contact. Pour it into their nest and you can wipe out a great deal of them.

The only problem is: you don’t know how big their nest is. Sometimes you simply won’t have enough boiling water to get rid of all of them.

boiling water

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is great for repelling ants, but not for killing them. If you’re just trying to keep ants away, it’s a great remedy though.

If you want to use cinnamon against ants, use cinnamon essential oil (mixed with water). Cinnamon in this form is much more potent than cinnamon powder. If used in high enough concentration, you might actually kill some of the ants (though this is not a reliable way to kill ants).

See more: Cinnamon against ants

Heap of ground Cinnamon powder

Vinegar

A lot of people swear by vinegar as a great ant killer – though it has not been proven to work very reliably. You can use vinegar as a repellent though. Mix it with water and spray it near ant trails to keep them out of your house.

See more: Vinegar against ants

Insecticides

Insecticides are one of the most effective ways to get rid of ants in the bedroom. 

When using insecticides, you should always follow the instructions carefully and caution others from coming into contact with them as well. 

Insecticides are highly toxic, so it is important to keep them away from children and pets.

spray bottle to kill ants

Professional Help

Although you might think that using an ant killer would be the best way to get rid of ants in your home there is a more effective and safer option. 

Professional pest control services provide safe methods for removing an ant infestation from your bedroom without exposing anyone or anything else around them to harmful toxins.

Before hiring a professional service make sure that they offer guaranteed results when removing an infestation. 

ant spray and exterminator

A reputable company should also provide information about what attracted the insects into your house. This will give you an idea of how to keep the bugs out of your home in the future.

Ants in Particular Bedroom Locations

If you have ants in your bedroom, they might appear in different places. Depending on the place of infestations, there might be different things causing the ants to invade your home.

Here are some common places you can find ants in your bedroom:

  • The carpet
  • The closet
  • The ceiling

Check each of these places to figure out why ants are invading your home.

Ants in Bedroom Carpet

If you have ants in your bedroom carpet, you’re probably dealing with ants looking for food. It’s easy to drop a few food crumbs here and there, and if you have a carpet in your bedroom, it’ll easily get lost.

Ants are able to pick up on the scent from the food you’ve dropped, leading them directly into your bedroom. 

To deal with this problem, make sure to clean your carpet very thoroughly. Vacuum it and check for any residue from food afterward. If you’re still seeing some ants here and there, you can set up bait stations on/near the carpet to lure them away.

Red vacuum cleaner on a beige carpet

Ants in Bedroom Closet

Ants in your closet may indicate that the ants are looking for shelter. A closet will always be a nice and dark hiding spot for ants, where they won’t be disturbed often. They may also be looking for food, but ants rarely find any food in a closet.

Ants don’t eat fabric, so you don’t have to worry about that. But it is still annoying to have ants roaming around in your closet.

You can go ahead and follow a “traditional” ant removal procedure to get rid of them.

Ants on Bedroom Ceiling

Now, if you spot ants on your bedroom ceiling, there’s a good chance the ants aren’t actually nesting in your bedroom, but instead on the roof.

Ants are known to nest in attics or on the roof. They will infest the insulation, which may cause some long-term damage if it isn’t dealt with.

ant pheromones

Conclusion

To summarize, ants will invade your bedroom for several reasons: food, shelter, warmth, or moisture being the primary reasons. Once ants have invaded your bedroom, there are several things you can do to get rid of them, the safest and most reliable option being an exterminator.

If you want to deal with the ants in your bedroom yourself, you can either use chemical or natural solutions, though the results you’ll get with natural remedies aren’t as reliable as chemical solutions.

Once you’ve chosen your weapon, go ahead and follow these four steps:

  • Locate the entry points
  • Seal the entry points
  • Clean your bedroom
  • Use the ant killer you’ve chosen
About Teodoro Pittman

Teodoro is a nature and animal lover. He specifically focuses on insects, such as ants, bees, and the like. In his free time, he takes care of his own ant farm, where he analyzes their behavior. Teodoro has spent the last 7 years studying the intricate behavior of these small creatures.

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