When dealing with an ant infestation, it’s actually helpful to know what type of ant has invaded your home. Even though they all look the same, there is a wide variety of ants that exist on this planet. The most common types that trespass in our households are: pavement ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, and odorous house ants. Below is a brief description of each type.
One of the largest types of ant species that you will ever come across is the Carpenter ant. A mature colony of carpenter ants can contain thousands of ants, coloured red or black and can
measure from 6 to 12 mm in length.
Generally pavement ants have brown or black bodies and measure from 2.5 to 3 mm in length. They aren’t just attracted to sugary foods either, they also enjoy feasting on
meat, seeds and greasy food.
Fire ants have red bodies and measure from 1.6 to 5 mm in length. The fire ants sting can be quite painful – best to avoid this one!
Odorous house ants
Odorous ants have quite small brown or black bodies measuring around 2.4 to 3.3 mm in length and they prefer sweet items.
Liquid Ant Baits
Liquid ant bait is an effective and cheap form of ant killer. These baits are designed to attract most foraging household ants and once the liquid bait is consumed by the ants, the active ingredient will slowly affect their digestive system and kill them.
Lemon water is another effective home remedy used to get rid of ants. Mix some lemon juice with water and spray the mixture at the area affected by the ant invasion. You may have to spray the area a few times a day to ensure it’s effectiveness.
Vinegar is really effective for getting rid of ants. Same as the lemon juice procedure; mix some vinegar with water and spray the resulting mixture around the ant’s trail. The strong scent of the vinegar will repel the ants. However, if your nose is sensitive to the smell off vinegar you might not want to use this particular method.
Dish Washing Liquid
Using this method, mix some dish washing liquid with water and spray the mixture on the entry points of the ant path, eventually this will cause dehydration for the ants and break down the protective layers on the ant’s exoskeleton, eventually killing it.
Ants despise cayenne pepper and black pepper too. It’s not fatal but works very well as a deterrent. There are a couple of ways you can use cayenne pepper to rid your home of ants. Firstly, sprinkle pepper around the source of the infestation, creating a wall and preventing the ants from entering your house. Alternatively, mix some pepper with water and spray the resulting solution over the ants.
Keep ants at bay by drawing a line around home entry points. The ants will be repelled by the calcium carbonate in the chalk, which is actually made up of ground-up and compressed shells of marine animals. Scatter powdered chalk around garden plants to repel ants and slugs.
Create a trap around the your precious sweets by surrounding it with adhesive tape placed sticky side up.
Prevention is the best natural remedy to keep all types of ants invaders out of your home. Like any pests, ants are attracted to certain things and avoiding those particular things is paramount in reducing the possibility of an ant infestation.
Ants are more attracted to sticky, sugary solutions rather than sugar itself, therefore, to be safe it’s best to store all sugar and all sorts of sugary products in air tight containers. You may even contemplate using this knowledge to your advantage by creating a sugar trap.
Keep your kitchen sink and bench clean of dirty dishes and crumbs. Any form of food left overs is sure to attract ants.
Take the rubbish out every day. For any pest, a rubbish bin is seen as a five star restaurant, simply remove the enticement.
Like any other living creature, ants need water and they will stay close to any source of water so ensure that you keep your home dry, especially in your bathroom and kitchen.
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