If you’ve ever experienced an ant invasion, you know annoying they can be. No matter what you do, the ants keep coming back, and in some cases they swarm thousands upon thousands at a time all around your kitchen and bathroom. Stepping on a few won’t matter, and removing the foods they’re swarming will rarely make a difference. You need a way to kill as many ants as possible in order to get them off of your property.
Home Ant Control Tips
Keep in mind that the only way to truly eliminate ants is to kill the queen, and not all home ant control strategies are going to affect the queen. However, here are a few at home strategies you can use to eliminate ants in your home.
Windex – While this will not affect the queen, it is a very quick way to eliminate thousands of ants at a time. Windex, the glass cleaner, is a known insect killer. When you have an ant swarm in your house, spray them all with Windex and they will die nearly instantly. Windex can also eliminate some of the scent trails that ants follow to find food. Ants can still come back if they find more food to eat, but at the very least you can quickly eliminate hundreds at a time with a generally safe spray.
Sugar and Borax/Boric Acid Mixture – Ideally you still need to kill the queen. One strategy is to make a wet sugar mixture with Borax powder or Boric Acid. For a few days, ants will swarm the sugar mixture (and you’ll have to let them). But if you balanced it well and made it delicious to ants, they’ll take some back to their queen, who will eat it and pass away. The colony will be eliminate soon after.
Boiling Water on the Ant Hill – Another strategy is to pour a lot of boiling water on an ant hill. Boiling water will kill ants quickly and can travel to the queen. Keep in mind that ant colonies can be enormous, so the boiling water may not reach the queen in all cases. Nevertheless, for smaller ant hills or ant colonies where the queen is beneath the hill, boiling water can do the trick.
Home ant control isn’t a surefire way of eliminating ants, but it can work. However, an ant problem in your home often means that there are holes and entrance points that other pests can take advantage of to. The best strategy is to call your local pest control company. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, that company is Green Pest Solutions. Call us today to find out about our ant control services.
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