How Can I Get Rid Of Ants?
Some pets are great and we can’t seem get enough of them, while other pests are reasonably unwanted and yet all the more common to find crawling around your house! With warm weather and lots of wonderful outdoor adventures, we’re sure to see our fair share of insect invasions, especially from ants (1)! These crawly little colonies are masters at ruining picnics and sneaking into our clean kitchens, but that isn’t to say that there aren’t ways to beat even their most tactful advances! Check out the these seven genius techniques that can assist you in your battle against these six-legged pests (1, 2).
Wash Your Soda Cans
So often we forget that our soda cans filled with syrupy deliciousness attract some of the worst pests, so next time, before you toss your sweet aluminum cans carelessly into the recycling bin, try giving them a swift rinse-out with water to get rid of any sugary temptations.
This same technique can be used on other disposable containers that contained any tempting food items, especially those that will be hanging out inside or near your house for a few days before being taken to the dump. This includes syrup bottles, juice boxes, jam jars, etc (1). Investing in some airtight, reusable containers to store your food might help you in this attempt (3).
Build a Picnic Table Moat
Doesn’t this one just sound fun? The next time your at a picnic, enjoying a simple lunch, try building up some sort of line of defense to help you keep the ants out of your little haven (4). You can do this by putting four disposable containers (such as pie tins) under the legs of the table and filling them with water. This will keep the ants from marching in!
Make a Borax-Sugar Trap
Sodium borate should be kept away from children and animals at all costs, so use this technique with extreme care if children or animals are going to be present. However, mixing Borax with sugar and then enough water to create a syrup will result in a paste that’s too tempting for ants to resist. Place it in a container, poke strategic holes to allow for ease of entry, and then let the trap do the rest of the work.
Cayenne is a natural insect repellent, so you can try sprinkling some cayenne pepper around the entrances to your home (or directly on the anthill or ant source, if you’re able to locate it).
While vinegar doesn’t actually harm ants, it distorts their sense of smell. And an ant who cannot smell tends to head straight home! So, if you’re having trouble finding the anthill, then try spraying an ant with vinegar and then follow it to it’s home to locate the source of your ant issue.
Destroy the Anthill
Destroying anthills that are homes to ants that aren’t bothering you might be a bit cruel, but removing these pests from your home is essential to the health of your home. You can easily do this by running a garden hose into the anthill for ten or more minutes, or pouring boiling water over the hill until there are no more signs of pestilence (1).
Safeguard your Space
What good is getting rid of the ants in your home without properly preventing any future invasions? You want to be sure that you remove any of the pheromones that they might have left behind them, and you can do this by cleaning any of the places the ants lived, entered, or gathered with a mixture of vinegar and soap water.
Finding ants in your home is a gross, unwanted discovery that you should be sure to work quickly to remove. Try these tricks and let us know of any others you use that are known to work!