Have you ever tried to get rid of those pesky lines of marching ants that find their way to your favorite sweets on the countertop? Despite keeping the food as inaccessible as you can from bugs and insects, the ants wind their way to your desserts. Here’s how to get rid of your ants.
Ants are attracted to sweets and any other food left out in the open, so keep the counter tops clean of any sticky sweet residue. Disinfect the surfaces with alcohol, detergent or bug spray. For tricky corners and unreachable areas, use a vacuum.
You need not spend a lot to kill those pesky pests as you can utilize many household items that are as efficient as your poisonous bug sprays
If the ants find their way into places like in between your keyboards, leave some talcum powder between the keys. Talcum powder kills ants by dehydrating them. Talc powder sucks out the moisture from the ants’ bodies. Once the ants are dead, use a small-nosed vacuum for easier disposal.
Salt works just as well as talc as it too pulls out the moisture from the ants’ bodies. Spread salt under doorways, windows and tiny openings in the walls where ants can enter the home. For closing up openings permanently, use industrial sealants. These are available in any hardware store.
Another interesting household bug killer is cornmeal. When the ants drink water after consuming cornmeal, the cornmeal swells up inside the ant’s body, instantly killing it.
Some homemakers attest that ants don’t like the smell of cinnamon, vinegar, peppermint oil, pepper (black and cayenne), dried cloves and bay leaves. Block a parade of ants with these march-stoppers. Unfortunately, you eventually have to outsmart your ants because though you may block one path, they will surely find another means towards your food. There’s no harm in trying out these other ingredients, so experiment with different mixtures/ concoctions to come up with the ultimate anti-bug remedy.
Gardeners attest that planting mint herbs in your garden and placing them around your home can do wonders against ant invasions. But growing mint can get out of hand as mint grows like weeds. Mint can be invasive and may kill the other plants in your garden. One perk of having mint in your home is that it leaves that refreshing scent. Aside from killing ants, it serves as aromatherapy!
If the ants have proven themselves against the natural, organic means, you can go to a more effective chemical measure - bug spray. When using chemical bug sprays, stand a foot away from the surface and spray lightly. Spray surfaces in the evening when everyone is in bed, and let the bug spray work overnight. Early the next morning, wipe down the surfaces with water and alcohol to make sure that the toxins are not transferred onto the people who’ll use the computer.
When dealing with ant-deterring substances, make sure that you protect yourselves with gloves, goggles and a face-mask. Chemical bug sprays and borax are highly poisonous and may do damage to your body when inhaled.
There are so many organic and natural ways to fight ants so experiment and do your research. If all else fails, there’s always a phone number in the yellow pages for a pest control fumigator. Good luck!