Ants are a nuisance. They carry bacteria and fungi pathogens and can sometimes carry dangerous viruses like Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus. Also, ant bites can cause allergic reactions in many of us. These little creatures can get typically invasive too. There a host of different types of ants such as fire ants, pharaoh ants, carpenter and worker ants etc.
Ants are a part of our earth’s ecology and all that but who wants them crawling all over falling in our food and destroying our furniture (certain ants bore into wood).
Here’s how you can get rid of them naturally:
- Put on your detective hat and find the ant trails. These ants follow something called the pheromone trail which is nothing but chemical remains that ants leave to lead others to food resources or their nest. Use soapy water and sponge to clean up the pheromone trails.
- Borax works wonders for killing ants. To get them to consume borax, mix it with powdered sugar 1:3 , pour them in open containers and leave it lying in different parts of the house (make sure they are out of reach of children and pets) This evil sugary treat will keep ants out of your way.
- Killing ants won’t help. Wait for them to carry the bait back to their nest and the borax particles will eventually kill the entire colony of ants.
- Mix white vinegar with water 4:1 and pour it into spray can. Spray all over your baseboards, kitchen countertops and any little cracks or vents that you see all over the house. This will help eliminate their chemical trails.
- Practice good hygiene and sanitation in and around the house. Always clean up food crumbs and spills as soon as they occur. Keep the garbage cans well covered at all times. The food items that you store in the house should always be properly sealed in airtight containers. Also always keep your bottles and jars clean from the outside. Dried up drips attract ants.
- Carpenter ants (probably the most destructive among all) are attracted to moist wood. They love hovering around decks, moist wood piles, gaps between wood boards and trees. If you want the ants gone, you must first eliminate their favourite hideouts. Do away with all the waste wood piles around the house, and keep only what you must, but nicely covered and after a generous sprinkling of baking soda.
- To eradicate carpenter ants, you can use diatomaceous earth (naturally occurring completely organic white sand like particles that can dehydrate and kill the ants. It does a lot of damage to its insides. Ensure you get Diatomaceous earth that is food grade. The one meant for use in pools has a different makeup. You can find this wonder pest control earth easily available on online platforms. Just inject it into ant nests with the help of medicine dropper and sprinkle some into cracks and holes. Reapply every time it rains or the area is washed.
- Ants love protein and fat. Mix a spoonful of peanut butter with an equal amount of sugar and borax. Make balls of the mixture and place them close to ant trails. Watch the poor critters dead and gone.
- Ants hate the smell of peppermint oil. Soak cotton balls in 100% peppermint essential oil and place in areas most commonly frequented by ants.
- Cinnamon powder, sprinkled on ant colonies also works wonders.
- Baby powder also works great. Sprinkle liberally over all suspected areas of entry and you will be surprised with the results.
If going natural takes up a lot of time you think (well it actually does) here are a few chemical options:
- You can find over the counter liquid baits for ants. These come in prefilled bait stations and you just have to place them in troublesome spots. They kill worker ants on contact and also the foraging ants end up sharing the bait with the rest of the colony, killing them too in the process.
- If you are living in a condo, or a very small flat, you can use spray pesticides too. Ones meant specifically for ants have a broad spray pattern and work well for worker, fire, pharaoh, and carpenter ants.
- Ant killer gels are most effective of all to get rid of ants, especially pharaoh.
The above-mentioned treatment options work well only on small spaces and small scale ant infestations, for larger or multiple infestations, it is best to call a pest control service.
Professional pest control service people are BPCA certified and have a thorough understanding about the habits of each species of ants,
They conduct a comprehensive study to find out all possible infestations and then use a range of powerful insecticides to deal with them efficiently. They will ensure that the problem is fully dealt with. Also if you have kids or pests around the house, a good pest control service will ensure all safety measures are taken.
So if you are still fretting over an ant menace in your space, pick up the phone and dial a good pest control service in Hyderabad to do the dirty work while you relax in peace.