How to Remove Ants Naturally and Effectively
If you begin to see their armies entering your home and crawling through cabinets and across countertops, it is time to take some action. There will even be times that your regular garden variety ants will become to numerous or venomous to be left alone.
The following article will contain some expert notes on ridding your house and yard of all ant infestations naturally and effectively.
How to Remove Ants from the Home
Play Pest Detective
You can swat and kill ants all day and they will just keep coming back. To win this seemingly pointless struggle you will need to play smart. Begin looking for the things that are attracting your ants menace into the home. Is there food fallen behind the fridge? Are they relocating their colony to a nice fissure under your walls? Or, maybe you are lucky enough to catch a small scouting party in your home looking for handouts?
Whatever the reason for ants entering your home could be you must shut it down early. Dousing scouts in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water will confuse their chemical signals and disorient the invasion. Keeping your home clean and food properly sealed and stored is another way to ensure ants will have no reason to move in. doubling up on cleaning and drying your home well when you first notice and ant invasion is a good way to put a stop very quickly. This includes making sure all garbage bins have a secure lid.
The Essential Ant Repellant
Ants have no problem sending scores of soldiers and foragers to their death in a cloud of pesticide if it means providing for queen and colony. What they really don’t like are strong smells that interfere with their communications and food processions. A good way to make an effective barrier is with a strong smelling essential oil like rosemary, peppermint or tea tree oils. A few drops in a cup of water is all you need. A very fragrant solution combines lavender and peppermint essential oils. Spray this anywhere you see ants invading and would like to keep them out.
Set Poison Traps
Boric acid is a potent poison to kill ants and can be mixed with some of their favorite foods and left to attract the ant scout. After setting these traps it is important to allow the ants to continue their work as they will be bringing the tainted food back to the colonies and killing them off from within.
How to Remove Ants from the Yard
If your home is suffering from an attack of fire ants in the backyard the situation it’s a little more difficult. Fire ants another menacing yard ants dig deep tunnel networks and getting to the queen can be a difficult task. Boric acid traps may be effective to some extent but if the situation has gotten serious and is affecting your kids or pets, you may need to call in the chemical response.
This often involves dousing the entire colony mound in a poisonous bath. Make sure you do some research on how to do this just right so you don’t have to repeat the work or call in professional help next week.