Got ants? We hope not! Ants are some of the most industrious workers in the insect kingdom. They certainly give bees a run for their money! Unfortunately, ants can be pretty gross and creepy when you find them in your bathroom sink. It’s making us shudder just thinking about it!
Ants coming up sink drain can be frightening to many homeowners. If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably facing this problem right now. We want to assure you that a solution is possible with the help of a plumber. In fact, there are a couple of different solutions that can quickly get rid of your ant problem.
So if you’ve been worried about the infestation in your bathroom sink, please keep reading to learn how to get rid of ants in the bathroom sink:
1. Clean out your sink drain
One of the best tips on how to get rid of ants in the bathroom sink is to clean out your sink drain. One thing that can attract ants to your bathroom or kitchen drain is when you have a lot of gunk, hair, and other stuff sitting in the drain.
As disgusting as it might sound, ants actually like that sort of thing and so it can be something that leads them right to your bathroom. The best solution? Simply clean out your sink drain! There are chemical cleaners that can unclog the drain or you can create your own uncloggers (more about that in a bit).
2. Create your own ant repellent
If you don’t like using chemicals to fix household problems, then you’ll definitely want to bookmark this point for later use! Essential oils can be an excellent remedy for your ant problem. Why? Well, ants loathe certain smells–and that can certainly work in your favor. Tea tree oil is very strong, for instance. The smell can drive ants away and the potency of that essential oil can actually kill the insects as well if they come in contact with it.
You can also use peppermint oil along with tea tree oil. Add both oils, along with a bit of cayenne pepper and powdered cinnamon, to water and spray the mixture around your bathroom. You could also pour a bit down your drain once it’s been cleaned out.
3. Use vinegar and baking soda
This is the sink unclogger we were talking about! Sprinkle/pour half a cup of baking soda down into your sink’s drain and then follow it up with an equal amount of vinegar. Let the whole thing sit for an hour or more and then follow it up with hot water (not boiling though, as that could potentially damage your sink). The combination of baking soda and vinegar is powerful and it will hopefully help unplug your drain and remove stuff that’s attracting the ants.
4. Trap the ants
There are plenty of options for ant traps out there–both homemade and store-bought–and it may be worth looking into if you have a big ant problem. Of course, prevention is always the best solution, but you also want to trap the insects who’ve already been drawn to your bathroom. Utilizing ant traps is a good way to do just that.
5. Eliminate moisture
With talking about prevention being great for keeping an ant problem from developing, it’s a good idea to keep as much moisture from gathering in your bathroom as possible. This may seem difficult, as there’s so much water in a bathroom–from your shower to your toilet to your sink.
But there are still things you can do to fight against ant-attracting moisture. Tighten up leaky faucets, run a dehumidifier, dry the floors after you come out a shower, and so on.
6. Spray chemical insecticide
If you don’t have any essential oils lying around, you can always purchase a chemical insecticide to cut down on the ant infestation. Just make sure that you’re very careful when using the chemicals, as they’re highly toxic and can cause harm if they come in contact with your skin, eyes, etc. Spray the insecticide into the various corners of your bathroom.
7. Use salt
Salt can kill ants. Mix up a saltwater solution using hot water and plenty of salt. Once the solution cools down, pour it into a spray bottle (if you haven’t already) and keep it handy to spray on any ants that you see.
8. Contact an exterminator
Have you tried all of the above solutions and nothing really seems to work? Or are you just too squeamish to want to deal with the ants yourself? Well, then it may be time to call in professionals who can take a good look at the problem and take care of it for you.
If you do decide to go with an exterminator, make sure you get someone who you trust, who comes highly recommended (whether by friends and family or online reviews), and don’t be satisfied with a job half done. You want the ants gotten out–make sure that happens!