When you find an ant (or any insect) it is natural to reach for a can of insect spray. Even though this will kill the ants on contact,they may return in the following day or two. What if you do not have any insect spray? There are a whole lot of things you may have laying around the house that will kill them – and keep them away for good!
It is always good to try a number of different things to eliminate these pesty creatures. Ants can invade the cleanest of homes. If there’s a fire in your home, where would you extinguish it? At its source. It is identical with ants. You can do everything in your power to kill these pests, but until you discover the source they’ll keep coming back. If you see ants do not freak out and kill them straight away. Stop and observe where they’re coming from. In doing so, you can trace them back to their anthill. Also make note of where they’re going in your home. There could be small traces of food that you aren’t conscious of.
Tips for preventing Ants from Growing into your Home
Keep your home clean. Ensure that your counters and stove are wiped down immediately after every meal. Don’t leave dishes in the sink over night.
Set your crackers, cereals, sugar and pastas in a zip lock baggie or sealed container.
Take the necessary actions to seal this opening.
Put your pet’s food dish in a pan with water. Ants will not go through the water to put in your pet’s food dish.
If you have taken all of these steps and still have an ant problem, it isn’t your fault. You can help elimiate your ant problem by following the steps below.
Pipe Tobacco – Soak tobacco in warm water immediately. In the morning, throw the soggy tobacco away and pour the tobacco waterover the ant hill.
Find the anthill(s). Destroy it by using boiling water with a teaspoon of salt. The Boiling water will fall the tunnels in the ant hill and the salt will make the ants lose their sense of direction.
This mixture lures the ants with the sugar water. They eat this and take it back to the nest and wipe out the rest of the colony. If you make it too powerful, it will kill the ants on contact. If you make it too weak, it will not work. You can make a larger amount than this, but keep the proportions the same. Place this mixture in which you have seen the ants crawling around. It may either be placed directly on the spot or you may put this mix in an opened jar and put it on its side. Although this mixture isn’t as toxic as commercial pestisides, make sure that you keep pets or children out of reach. After you put the boric acid mix down, you may see them gathering around eating it. While it may look like something out of a horror movie, resist the impulse to kill them. If they return in a few days, you may want to put a bit more boric acid to the mixture (making sure it doesn’t kill them on contact)
Sprinkle corn meal or grits on the ant hill. They’ll take it to the queen. Ants can not digest this and will die.
Pour 1 liter of club soda on each ant hill you visit. This will suffocate the whole colony, including the queen. In about two weeks, and you’ll notice their abscense.
If you have a great deal of ants in your home, you may want to try a combination of those methods. It may take few weeks, even a month to find an improvement. Be patient and do not quit.
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