Check out these useful household tips:
1. Spray some ammonia based window cleaner on the ants, and it will kill most of them. This will not get rid of the ants but is a good temporary solution until you can get a professional onsite to determine what type of ants, so they can strategically use baits and/or repellents to wipe out the queens and/or colonies.
2. Keep a clean house. As basic as this may sound, it is one of the best forms of prevention.
3. Too many spiders in your basement? Use a dehumidifier to maintain 40% humidity and keep the cobwebs knocked down with a broom or vacuum.
4. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your house.