20 things you can do right now to get rid of ants in your house

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Tired of those ants roaming around in your house? No worries! I have made a list of exactly 20 things & home remedies you can try right now to kill and get rid of these ants.

Tired of those ants roaming around in your house? No worries! I have made a list of exactly 20 things & home remedies you can try right now to kill and get rid of these ants.

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  • 1. Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
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  • 3. Looking at how ants work overtime to save food for the rainy days isimpressive. It teaches us how to strive hard to secure our future. However,upon looking closely, there are times that they attack our homes and backyardand this is no longer amusing. Saving up for the future does not entail raidingyour neighbor’s supplies. Checkout some interesting facts about ants.Seeing ant colonies being established in our properties is a major pain. Thegood thing is that it can be solved by basic home remedies. You do not haveto shell out hundreds of dollars for synthetic and chemical solutions to banishthe critters for good. Commercial preparations are not only costly; they alsopose hazards to our health and the environment. Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 4. “Ant Proofing” StageThe first step in getting rid of ants is to make your area less conducive if notimpossible to be colonized. As you would have heard, prevention is betterthan cure. So the best approach in eliminating ants is to stop them fromentering your territory in the first place. 1. Use a mixture of dish soap and water to get rid of aphids – well this article is really about getting rid of ants, but you have to be aware that they love the sweet secretion of aphids. This is why you have to treat your outdoor plants to make them aphid-free. Simply spray the home made solution all over your plants. 2. Cover entry points: Ants have the ability to pass through extremely tight openings. It is quite difficult to personally monitor your place for all entry points but be sensitive enough to see the ones that are already being used by a colony. Once you see these, use basic construction materials to close it down. You can also opt to use cinnamon because ants avoid this spice. 3. Use deterrents: There are possible entry points that cannot be possibly closed down because you use it yourself. A good example is the spaces in door jambs. You can prevent ants from using these as entry points by using deterrents – substances that drive them away. As mentioned earlier, they hate cinnamon. Salt and talc are two other substances that keep ants away. 4. Protect the rooms: Using peppermint oil is effective in stopping ants from entering rooms. Simply spray the oil in room corners and in kitchen cabinets. Interesting Posts: Zombie Ants: Did You Hear About Them? Five Tips to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen Tips to Keep Silvefish Bugs Out of Your House Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 5. “Termination” StageAt one point it will be necessary to get your hands dirty. You have to killvisible ants. It is an effective way to lower down their number instantly. It isalso critical to get rid of them as soon as possible as they might end upbringing more members of the colony which would even bring moreproblems for you. 5. Eliminate the spies: You might have noticed a lone ant crawling near food sources. The dude is not lost; it is simply scouting for a possible source. You have to get rid of it before it comes home to the colony to report its findings. You can squish the ant using virtually anything that you can lay your hands on. 6. Eliminate the trail: Ants move so quickly that oftentimes you wake up to a trail that wasn’t there a few hours ago. Don’t despair because you can easily get rid of this by blocking the point of entry, see step no. 2. You can also use other deterrents specified above. After this, get rid of the ants in the trail by using a sponge dipped in soapy water. Wipe them off and wash them down the drain. 7. Kill the trail scent: They might still find a way to track down this particular trail, so it is best to cover the scent by spraying it with bleach or any all-purpose cleaning solution.“Trap Them” Stage 8. Borax balls: Borax gets rid of ants by damaging them internally and externally. Mix it with sugar or jelly to make some bait. Just be careful in placing the bait because it is also harmful to pets. Ensure that the container you put the bait in is stable enough to avoid accidentally knocking it down. 9. Cornmeal: This kills ants because it swells up inside their bodies once they consume water effectively killing them. You can imagine this as the food inside your body becoming larger than your body that you will burst from the inside. You can use this as bait in known ant infested areas. Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 6. “Keep Them Away” StageAfter killing visible participants in the trails, it is important to follow up withhome remedies that keep the bugs away. Stopping at the killing stage simplydelays their trip to the food source. Other members of the colony will sooncatch up with the trail scent and you’ll end up performing steps in the earlierstages because you failed to close the process loop. 10. Vinegar: Wipe down areas of ant activity with a 50% vinegar solution. This will keep the ants away because aside from masking their trail scent, the natural scent of the solution is proven to drive them away. It also acts as effective mold deterrent making you hit two birds with one stone. 11. Herbs and spices: There are certain plants that give off repelling scents. Some of the proven ant repellants are cinnamon, cayenne, mint, cloves, and garlic. Sprinkle this in trails and suspected entry points to prevent them from returning in your area. 12. Cucumber: Ants hate its taste plus it is toxic to certain types of fungi that they feed on. Double whammy. Scatter small bits and its peelings in areas frequented by the insects to drive them off. 13. Citrus Peels: Similar to cucumber, citrus damages fungi that serves as food for ants. Thus they are conditioned to stay away from it because nature has taught them that food is not available where citrus can be detected.Keep the House CleanAnts invade areas that are potentially rich sources of food. This is whykeeping your home clean is an important and effective way of preventingthem from sensing your home as a snack mine. It is also a key element inkeeping them away after you have successfully driven them off yourpremises. Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 7. 14. Use airtight containers to store food: This makes it harder if not impossible for ants to track down the scent of food items. It also gives you an added benefit of keeping your stock fresher and more organized. Airtight containers also prevent accidental spills which can lure ants into your home. 15. Sanitize suspect surfaces: Any area where food is consumed and prepared must be wiped down. This eliminates food traces that attract ants. Tables and countertops are common susceptible areas. You can use vinegar solution or any all-purpose cleaner to do this procedure. 16. Maintain a clean sink and wash area: Dirty dishes are another common target for ants. If you leave them exposed just for a couple hours and a colony is nearby you’ll be surprised at how quick a takeover can happen. Dispose leftover food in trash bins; don’t let them wash off the drain. It doesn’t only pose a potential blockage; it can also be a food source. 17. Protect pet food bowls: Ants take advantage of exposed food bowls. You can protect it the old fashioned way, place the bowl in a larger container filled with water. You’ll have a water barrier that will deter the ants from detecting the potential food stash reserved for your pet. 18. Maintain a cleaning routine: Vacuum, mop, and sweep the floors. Surprisingly large amounts of food traces accumulate on floors over time. This is a gold mine for ants. You can stop any future invasion by simply following a consistent cleaning schedule.If you find yourself in a situation where you need to vacuum ants in their trail, then makesure that you wrap up the process by vacuuming talcum powder or diatomaceous earth.The latter is considered as a bug killer that you can eat. It works by damaging theexoskeleton resulting to dehydration.Lastly, empty the vacuum bag to ensure that you have not relocated the ants to a newhome - your vacuum cleaner. Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 8. Ant Proof the YardThe next important thing for you to do is to make your yard ant-free or at thevery least less ant-friendly than it naturally is. Ants are a natural part of theeco-system, so if you leave things as it is, chances are they will soon appearin your backyard and consequently they will advance towards the inside ofyour house where there are plenty of food to collect. 19. Coffee grounds: This is an effective deterrent. Simply sprinkle on your garden and all around the house to discourage ants from venturing near your place. The natural scent of coffee repels ants. Word of caution if you own cats, it is also avoided by felines. 20. Eliminate Aphids: Ants love the secreted fluid of aphids because it is sweet. Although this is already mentioned in the initial stage, it has to be repeated in this section as well. Aside from the dish soap solution, you can also use garlic and pepper spray.This is composed of ½ cup of chopped hot peppers and ½ cup of chopped garlic. Add hotwater and let it steep for a couple of hours in a sun lighted area. Let it pass trough a sievewhile you pour it on a spray bottle. This spray is dual action because it eliminates aphidsand repels ants as well. Checkout Some Very Effective Remedies For Ant BitesBonus: Keep the Yard CleanThe last step is more of a preventive measure. This ensures that ants will begone for good after you have performed the procedures detailed above. 21. Inspect and collect: Inspect all possible ant sources and treat them with home made solution like a solution composed of 1/9 part camphor oil and 8/9 denatured alcohol. Pour this on an ant mound or hill. The solution is toxic to ants and using alcohol as the solution engine increases the chances of it reaching the queen that is Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 9. usually hidden deep within the ant colony. Collect all potential ant attractions like scattered food and food containers. Dispose these items properly.SummaryI can summarize our ant eliminating regimen into 7 segments namely: 1. Ant proofing your house – this is simply prepping the area to discourage ants from venturing into it. 2. Termination – hands on elimination of the insects. 3. Trapping – related to termination but is done remotely by using bait. 4. Keeping them away – involves comprehensive and extended use of deterrents available in your home. 5. Housekeeping – involves keeping the house clean by eliminating all possible food sources. 6. Ant proofing the outside – eliminate natural ant-luring features in the garden and eliminate the colony. 7. Keeping the outside clean – similar to housekeeping, this involves maintaining a clean environment. Use of a mix of ant repelling remedies is encouraged.Take note that all solutions provided in this how to guide can be made usingall natural materials that are commonly available in the household. This isbecause commercially made chemical compositions can be harsh and as suchpose serious risks to people, animals, and the environment as a whole.Using home based materials is not only environmentally friendly; it is alsogenerally safe, and cost effective. Take the coffee ground as an example. Youjust throw this away daily, but surprisingly, it can be used as an all natural antdeterrent in your garden or yard. Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com
  • 10. All natural remedies can be used as it is in the case of citrus peelings, herbsand spices, and coffee grounds. They can also be used to prepare solutionslike the garlic and pepper spray and the camphor oil/denatured alcoholsolution.Take note of the warnings that are indicated in some of the home remediesprovided above. Home based materials and preparations are generally safebut still, there are allergies and other substance sensitivities that you have tobe aware of.The goal of using home remedies is to cut costs and to save the environment.If you carelessly employ solutions that can be harmful to you, your familymember, or you pets, then you are effectively defeating the purpose of usingsimple yet effective home solutions.For more excellent articles on pest control including how to get rid of ants,silverfish, flies, spiders etc, please visit: www.blogging4backlinks.com Thank you for reading the E-book. I would love to hear from you. Your views, comments, suggestions etc, all are welcome. Mail me at: admin@blogging4backlinks.com Checkout more pest control articles at: http://blogging4backlinks.com