Scram! How To Get Rid Of Annoying Ants Invading Your Home
November 28, 2018 09:40 By Fabiosa
Ants are interesting and even useful insects, but there is nothing pleasant about sharing a place with them. First, they can bite painfully causing skin irritation. While we are at it, you can find out exactly which insect has bitten you and how to alleviate the pain and itching here. As for ants, they often nest in residential buildings. Generally, they don’t cause expressed harm to people. Still, seeing a whole colony of insects in your own cup isn’t very pleasant, is it?
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Ants hide from cold in the nooks of houses, where it is also easier to find food. Mind that they can cause serious damage to property, so the sooner a colony is found and exterminated, the better. Ants usually move along the same route, so it won’t be hard to locate their nest.
Usually, they nest in the gaps between the ceiling or floor slabs, in cracks in the walls, wooden window frames, behind and under the kitchen cabinets, and in the bathroom.
You can get rid of ants with the help of insecticides, but their use requires caution, especially if there are children in your family. However, there are products quite harmless to humans that we suggest you try.
Ants often appear in the kitchen, so it is recommended to remove the tiniest crumbs and clean this room after each meal. You can spray the surfaces with one of the following mixtures with a strong odor:
- a mixture of pure water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio; or
- water with added fragrant lavender, eucalyptus or tea tree oil (1 tablespoon per 8.5 ounces of water).
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These insects look for two types of food: sweet and protein. To determine which one they like more, try leaving 2 different kinds of bait in one place. For example, some sugar and cheese. After that, you can prepare the ‘treats’ with one of the following poisons:
- 1 cup of water, 2 cups of sugar and 2 tablespoons of boric acid; or
- 2 tablespoons of molasses, 1 tablespoon of sugar and dry yeast.
Spread the resulting mixture in a thick layer on a sheet of paper, a plastic container, a lid or the inside of an empty can. Boric acid can be also mixed with honey, jam, jelly, cheese or other protein foods to form a paste, and the principle of placing the bait remains the same. Make sure that it doesn’t end up in food or in the hands of children. Fresh bait needs to be prepared and placed daily.
Resist the urge to kill the ants that come to feast on the bait. You want these ants to carry back the poisoned 'treats' to their nest.
The last stage is the extermination of the nest. If they have nested outdoors, you can try a strong and very hot salty aqueous solution, dishwashing detergent, or apple cider vinegar. Indoors, you will have to use an effective bifenthrin-, permethrin- or deltamethrin-based repellent spray.
It is much easier to prevent ants from settling in your house than to evict them. To avoid these undesirable housemates, try to keep your kitchen and bathroom debris-free, fix the leaks, remove food remains, and wash dishes immediately after a meal.
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