One of the most studied insect species ants controls both their habits and our imaginations. With over 12,000 species of ants inhabiting various parts of the world the behavior of these industrious creatures ranges from scientific inquiry to ant control.
A common garden pest, ants can be more than just a nuisance with species like carpenter ants capable of doing termite-like damage to wood structures. Fire ants are notoriously aggressive though are not commonly found indoors.
In the summer months, ants are a very common infestation. They are attracted to your garden because of the shelter from the heat, and readily available food from your crops, and even other organic matter.
Methods For Getting Rid Of House Ants
Ants can be found anywhere. It does not matter if you live in the northern areas of the country, or in the southern areas, these little insects can cause many different problems within your garden.
Getting rid of these tiny bugs can be done pretty easily if you catch them before they set up an extensive network within your garden.
If you see that there are small trails around your foundation, streams of ants around the siding, ants crawling around lights, plumbing, or in your containers, it is time to act.
A few ants here and there do not mean that you are in the clear. They might be the only ants that you see at the moment. However, hidden under the soil may be a whole colony. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of those pesky little ants.
Find The Source
The first tip on how to get rid of these ants is to find out where they are coming from. It might be a crack in the foundation or a small hole in the siding. Use silicone caulking to block their access. This step will cut off access but does not do anything for the ants already in your garden.
Apply a Pesticide
The last way to remove these pesky little ants is to use a commercially available pesticide. However, do not use anything that you spray. This will kill the ant very quickly, thus not touching the home nest.
The best thing to do is to use a gel that can be placed in your garden. The ant will be drawn to it because of the smell. Then they will carry it back to the actual nest where it will work on all of the ants instead of just one.
Use Water-soluble Insecticides
Spray water-soluble insecticides on the ant nest to eliminate the ants from the source. Mix about 25 milliliters of pesticides for every 4 liters of water, and then spray them on all the ant hills in the yard with a pump sprayer.
Use Sprinkle insecticide
Spray insecticide around the garden to prevent ants from entering. Put the insecticide into a garden sprayer with the nozzle 15 cm from the ground and spray it in the corners and around the foundation within a range of about 0.3 meters.
If you chose to use a chemical pesticide be sure to consult with a professional before selecting a product. This will help ensure that you use the proper insecticide and help the chances of doing harm to your home, furnishings, and most importantly to you or pets.
Borax is sodium borate. It is a little toxic but the toxicity is lighter than the detergent. The borax looks quite similar to sugar. You can mix Borax with sugar for the ratio of 4:1 into a container. Then, get some boiling water and pour it into the container.
Use a spoon to stir it until both sugar and Borax are dissolve in the water. Pour them on the path that ants are passing by. Or you can put some bread crumbs and pour the liquid onto it.
After ants eating them, the mixture of sugar and Borax will interfere with the ants’ digestive system and they will die slowly. The process may take a few days. Furthermore, if the worker ants bring this mixture of sugar and Borax back to the nest, it may eventually kill the queen. Like that the entire ant empire will be destroyed.
I have also tried out this method by mixing Borax with honey. I make them into a paste and fed the ants. The effect was very good. The ants that ate the paste are dead in just a few days.
Besides, I also found this is very effective to help in getting rid of cockroaches. The efficacy of the paste can last for about two to three months, which can effectively inhibit ants and cockroaches.
If the number of flowers and plants in your garden is not too many, and you have found a lot of ants been conquered your garden, you may consider replacing the soil immediately in order to completely remove the ants.
The method is to completely replace the soil that been compromised with ants and their eggs with fresh soil. The new soil must be thoroughly disinfected. Check to ensure there are no ant eggs in the new soil.
The flower pots must be carefully cleaned before loading the new soil. Treat it with insecticide in time. After changing the soil, spray the area where the flowerpots are placed with insecticides.
Use a small piece of pigskin or chicken bones as baits to trap the ants at a distance of about 20 cm next to the flowerpot where the ants are found. Do not put any insecticide in the baits.
Generally, the ants will come and eat the pigskin or chicken bones after 2-3 hours. A swarm of ants will start approaching the baits to move them back to their nest.
At this time, you can spray insecticide to kill them. You can repeat the process once every 10 days, and the ants could be gradually eliminated.
Citrus Peelings and Water
Using a simple home remedy pest control mixture of citrus peelings and water will also do a great deal to slow down these marching invaders. By mixing up some citrus peelings and water in a blender until it is a pulp, you do not have to worry about odorous chemicals.
The sweet smell will not only remove the ants but will also make your garden smell tropical! Pour the mixture over any ant homes, ant hills, or other areas where you see them.
Use Boiled Water
Another do-it-yourself pest control method that does a great job is to simply boil water. If you see that the ants are making mounds in your garden, you can use this method.
Boil three gallons of water until it is really boiling well. Then remove it from the heat source and immediately pour it into the ant mound. This will instantly kill the ants in the mound.
Use a Trap
Use traps near the house to control pests. Place traps where you find ants entering your garden. There are particles in the trap that can attract ants, and the ants will be poisoned and die if eaten. After one month, you can dispose of your existing trap and replace it with a new one.
Use Soapy Water
Mix 5-10 ml of mild detergent with 4 liters of warm water. Slowly pour the solution into each ant nest. Heat and soapy water will kill the ants and prevent them from escaping from the nest.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
Using gardening diatomaceous earth will not harm your garden plants. Sprinkle gardening diatomaceous earth around the ant nest and in the garden where there are ants. You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the house as a preventive measure to prevent ants from entering your garden.
Even though the above methods can help to reduce and control the number of ants in your garden to a certain level, but it is not possible for you to get rid of them completely.