Hello all! Ants, settled in the house, can become a real nuisance, so many people wonder how to get rid of them and do it with maximum efficiency? That is what I decided to tell in this article and describe the basic ways to combat ants.
Ant repellent that you may need
Depending on the method of control, we need to prepare the following ant repellents:
- liquid soap;
- silicone sealant;
- stucco mortar;
- double-sided adhesive tape;
- vaseline or other viscous substance;
- essential oil;
- boric acid.
The human dwelling is a source of food for ants. In the preparatory phase, not only should you develop an ant control plan, but you should also completely clear the premises of foodborne debris.
All food should be packed in containers with tight lids or in bags and placed in the refrigerator. Make sure the rubber seal around the perimeter of the refrigerator compartment door fits snugly and leaves no chance for ants to get in.
Throw out trash daily and do not leave dirty dishes overnight, remember - ants - scouts prowl around, looking for something to eat and can bring the entire colony in your home.
A set of ant control measures includes:
- perimeter protection (to prevent insects from entering the house or apartment from the outside);
- destroying colonies that have already settled indoors;
- regular treatment of surfaces with substances that repel scout ants.
- ultrasonic ant repellent installation
Please note: If you live in a private house and you have an ant colony on your property, you should try to drive the ants out of your territory. Do not destroy them - ants are very useful and protect your garden from many pests.
To stop ants from entering your home, block their path by grouting cracks in the top of your foundation, repairing walls, and properly sealing perimeter door and window frames.
A continuous strip of coffee grounds around the foundation will also help - it will destroy the smell of ant trails, and new hordes of insects will not enter the house. Also, caffeine is a ant repellent that choose to eat coffee grounds. As an added measure, plant lavender or peppermint around the house as the smell of these plants discourages ants.
Inside the apartment or house, it is important to protect each room from insects that can nest in the floor slabs. To do this, remove the baseboards and treat the joints between the walls and the floor with silicone sealant. It is recommended to perform the same operation under the decorative ceiling plinth.
In a private home or apartment, you can apply a line of insect repellent chalk under the baseboard in a continuous strip, or put a strip of repellent such as:
- ground hot pepper;
- diatomaceous earth powder;
- baby powder;
- activated charcoal powder;
- scouring powder.
- Peppermint or lavender leaves
It is important that the chosen product does not cause allergies or asthma attacks in the residents of the house.
Remove the decorative grilles from the vents. Around the perimeter of the openings on the inside, you must glue double-sided tape, removing the top protective layer, or apply a strip of vaseline or other viscous substance that will not dry for long - such a barrier ants will not get through. It is also necessary to secure places where electrical wiring and other communications enter the apartment.
Spray window sills and thresholds of exterior doors regularly with an ant repellent. This can be water with essential oil added:
Also, a mixture of liquid soap and baking soda will serve as a good barrier - apply it to the threshold of the door to the apartment and the outer casing of the door frame to prevent ants from entering from the entrance.
If there are many ants, a simple trap can help quickly reduce their numbers in a barrier-fenced apartment or house:
- Place beef or chicken liver scraps or other substandard meat products in an empty, dry kitchen sink.
- After a couple of hours, you'll find a myriad of ants coming in at the smell.
- Flush them down the drain with hot water.
The procedure can be repeated several times. The trap will also help trace the ants' main paths to their nests. But it is better to use an ultrasonic ant repeller, which you can buy in our store!
To destroy a nest of ant eggs, you must use poison or foods that the ants cannot digest. Pour corn grits, semolina, or coffee grounds into shallow, small containers. The ants will drag the product to the nest and anyone who eats it will die.
You will notice the result in a couple of weeks.
You can use boric acid as bait. Mix the powder with flour and honey (you can use syrup or jam), spread the thick mixture on pieces of paper and place them near ant trails. It is important that children and pets have no access to the poison!
Do not forget to repeat regular protective treatments of the perimeter of the front door and window sills in a private home, do not leave dirty dishes overnight, and take out the garbage daily.
If you find an ant's nest with eggs, treat it with water with the addition of liquid soap, spraying the solution with a sprayer to kill the insects.Conclusion. Only a comprehensive approach will help get rid of existing ant colonies and prevent new nests. A great way to get rid of ants is with an ultrasonic ant repeller!