An ant invasion is the last attack you would want in your home. Driven by a constant thirst for water, food, and moisture, these tiny household guests can difficult to get rid of.
There are three common types of ants found at home, the black garden ants, the carpenter ants, and the little black ant. These three species cause a problem in any given environment. As experts, we are here to give you workable solutions to get rid of these unwelcome guests at home.
But before we begin, you need to know the behavior of the ant species
The two most common ant behavior you need to understand.
- Ants are driven by a thirst for water and food.
- Ants can survive the floods.
Once you are familiar with the ants’ behavior, we will now look at 4 simple and effective ways to get rid of these household pests.
Step Number 1. Keep a clean environment.
These crawling soldiers have a powerful sense of smell and taste. To get rid of the ants, always keep your foods sealed in tight containers, keep your dustbin clean from sugar remains, and always leave no traces of leftovers on top of any surface.
Step 2. Deal with the ants at their home.
Ants continually march in a trail in search of their needs/wants. To get rid of the entire colony, you need to follow the trail and identify their home. Once there, you can use simple tricks to get rid of these insects.
Two simple ways
- Pour boiling water inside the entrance and exit points of these ants. (This is considered a drastic measure and is not commonly advised).
- Mix two parts sugar with two parts borax and set the mixture at the colony entrance. This is a simple trap to attract ants and kill them effectively.
Step no 3. Eliminate sources of moisture and water to get rid of carpenter ants.
Black carpenter ants will destroy your wooden fence, house poles and any other wooden structure they find on their way to build their colony. You should know that water acts as a key element in their quest. So, to keep these mites away from your wooden structures, never let them access water.
How to achieve this.
- Keep the outdoor space as dry as possible.
- Always manicure your garden to avoid water stagnation.
Step 4. Use of ant-insecticide.
Although this is considered a drastic measure that should only be used when push comes to shove, an ant insecticide is one of the most common and long-term methods used to get rid of these tiny pests.
Insecticides are designed to kill ants whenever contact is made. You can also use other homemade remedies as insecticides to help do the job effectively.
Four most common home remedies.
- Lemon Juice.
- Baking soda.
- Boric acid.
Conclusion and a word of advice.
As much as the ants play a key role in balancing the ECO-system, it is advisable to get rid of them instead of eliminating/killing them. As a homeowner, identify ways to drive the tiny insects away from your home without harming them or the environment. This is important to keep the natural food chain balanced.