As the ground warms up in the spring, ants who have been dormant in the earth during the colder weather warm up and come to the surface. Queen ants fly off to find new nesting areas…and before you know it, ants are back in our world and are starting to come inside the house.
We need to know how to kill ants around our home. While ants play an important roll in the ecosystem, it is no picnic when they become pests in our world. Here you are going to find a remedy to kill ants. You need to know some of the different types of ants too and we will talk about that too. But all too often, when people have a pest problem they run to the store and buy a can of toxic pesticide, come home and spray the pest.
Least Toxic Approach To Killing Ants
Let’s step back and take a look at handling ant problems using a least toxic approach and learn how to get rid of ants and keep them out of our environment.
Perhaps I should first define “least toxic approach.” This term means you try to solve the insect problem with the least toxic material. If that doesn’t work, then you try something a little toxic but not as toxic as poison. You keep trying to solve the insect problem using progressively more toxic substances until you find something that works.
Using this approach, the solution to your insect problem can range from doing nothing to spraying toxic insect killer, if that is the only thing that works. Why should you bother with a least toxic approach? For one thing, studies are beginning to reveal the serious side effects of the overuse of toxic pesticides in our environment.
Did you know that evidence suggests a risk for some types of cancer and even genetic damage from exposure to pesticides?
And perhaps worst of all, children are especially at risk. Why wait until science finally makes a direct link to damaged genes and pesticides?
By that time, the damage could already be done to your genes and those of your children. You can help protect yourself, your children and our planet by doing your part to be a good steward of our environment right now.
One way to do that is to adapt a least toxic approach to pest problems…and that’s what our article on getting rid of ants is all about.
Some Examples Of How To Kill Ants
Below find some ways to get rid of and idea’s on how to kill the ants in your home. Learn some of the different types of ants that room our world that can become a pest problem.
One of the products that is used in pest insulation is boric acid. This product not only will rid your home of ants, but also many other pests including termites, spider’s and more. Something to consider when you are building your new home is to have the best pest insulation installed.
I know that my wife uses many of these ideas, such as boiling water with cayenne pepper, another way she uses dish soap and tobacco juice on the lawn by spraying it for the ants. They all make a great ant killer.
To get rid of Sugar Ants or House Ants, known to the scientific community as Pavement Ants, a sweet-based ant baits should do the trick. This ant is probably the most common ant around. Where there is food, you are likely to find this ant. It is mistakenly called both the sugar ant (which is an ant exclusive to the Australian continent) and the house ant (of which there are many). Pavement ants are the little brown ants that make small mounds in the sand near sidewalks, driveways, and the sides of houses. I’ve had plenty of pavement ant problems, and I prefer Terro brand traps to get rid of sugar ants.
There is the Pharaoh Ants
This is a common house ant. It is called the sugar ant. When trying to get rid of the Pharaoh ant a sweet bait trap should work as ant control. This ant is very persistent. It see’s what it wants and goes after it. It survives on eating just about anything, sugars, proteins and much more. Sometimes these ants are being blamed for the transfer of bacteria. This dangerous bacteria is Staphylococcus and Psuedomonas. If you put the sweet baits near trails and where the highest ant traffic is being seen, that should do the job. This is a very efficient form of ant control. Don’t forget about Terro, it makes a very sweet ant bait station.
Whole cloves are apparently a rather well-known natural ant control. Personally, I’ve never tried it, but I have been told they’re effective against silverfish infestations, so why shouldn’t they be effective against ants? This argument hardly holds weight from a logical stand point, but I’m not the only one to recommend whole cloves as a natural ant control measure.
Diatomaceous earth (be sure it’s Food Grade) is not just for worming or keeping crawling bugs out of your garden. You can also use diatomaceous earth to line the outside of your home, around the edges of the house, to help cut up and kill any bugs that try to enter your home from the ground level.
The theory behind diatomaceous earth’s effectiveness is that the razor sharp edges of this fossilized algae cut through the exoskeleton of the bug and either poison the bug or dehydrate it. Whatever the cause of the bug’s death, diatomaceous earth is perfect for keeping ants out of your home and Argentine Ants out of your garden.
Borax is the most common ingredient in house ant control products, and get this: it’s absolutely100% natural. The best way (in my opinion) using Borax is the following:
- mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of sugar;
- add 2 tablespoons of Borax.
Then soak the Borax mixture up with cotton balls and place those cotton balls near and around any trails the ants have established in your home. This mix will keep the ants from entering your home.
There are a few idea’s on how to rid yourself of a ant problem. We will go into other measures in future articles. Don’t forget to contact Patriot Pest Control for all of your ant problems. We are experts in this field, so when all else fails on how to kill ants, call us.