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How to eradicate ants naturally

How To Eradicate Ants Naturally

When considering how to eradicate ants naturally, one must acknowledge that ants are amazing insects, strong resilient and extremely hard workers.

They can, however, be serious adversaries when it comes to experiencing these critters as pests.

Ants are not to be confused with termites.

Ant infestations are normally seasonal and occur mainly in Spring and Summer & the warmer season has brought these tiny invaders to your home, there are a few things you can do to help them on their way. This article addresses the best humane pest control methods for ants.

So, What Are classified as Ants?

Ants are small insects, typically less than an inch long.
They are natural scavengers and are known for their attraction to food that may be lying around. As you possibly may remember from your school days, Ant’s bodies are comprised of three different sections, namely, the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. They have antennas, six legs, and are mostly, either red, black, or brown, depending on the species.
Ants are social and live in colonies. Each colony has a queen, who is responsible for laying eggs. The rest of the ants in the ant colony are responsible for either mating with the queen protecting and maintaining the nest or gathering (and sometimes even farming) food.

How to Eradicate Ants naturally using DIY methods

If you are to deal effectively with an ant infestation in your home, it’s important to move or eradicate the queen as well as the rest of the ants in the ant colony.

How to eradicate ants naturally
Ant Nest in the garden

By far, the best non-lethal method of ant control is to remove all sources of food from access to the ants. This will trigger their natural instinct to move their nest closer to a regular food source. If this is not possible, for example, if you have left out foods for your pets during the day, there are alternatives.
(As an aside, you do get pet dishes that are designed to keep ants from eating the food, which should also be considered.)

Cinnamon as an Ant Deterrent

Ironically, despite Ants being attracted by food, this is one source of food that is detested by them.
Simply sprinkle the cinnamon powder at entrances to your home that the ants may use, as well as where you see the ants congregating. This includes areas around the kitchen counters and around pet food containers and around the trash can.

Lemon for Ant Control

Another very effective method for ant removal and control is to squirt or spray lemon juice around entrances they may use to access your home. If you are aware of where their nest is, you can also spray around there. The most effective way to prepare this “chemical of Mass Disturbance” do is to squeeze fresh lemons into a squirt bottle, mix with water, and spray away. Alternatively, simply purchase real lemon juice and transfer the juice to a squirt bottle with water.

Vacuuming Ants

Once you have established a protocol to keep ants from entering your home, by sealing up their entry points, you can work at getting the ants that are already in your house, back outside. One way I have found to remove them is to gently vacuum them up with a Shop-Vac. Although this is not absolutely ideal (not every ant will survive), it’s certainly much more humane than using poison. Furthermore, it’s a lot safer, too, especially if you’ve got small children or pets at home.
Once you’ve completed vacuumed up the ants, empty the vacuum outside.
Finally, if all else fails and you cannot resolve the problem by yourself, you may need to consult a Pest Control professional.

Wrap Up

Whether you are using poisons or other chemicals or natural means, ants can be difficult to irradiate. Closing up entry points is one of the most effective steps, to get rid of ants naturally, as is removing sources of food. If your home has an ant infestation, I would suggest using the methods outlined in this are articles before considering stronger measures (although the latter may eventually become necessary).

Sven Welsh

What started out as an intention to economically protect my family and property from the ravages (and some dangers) of pests, has turned into a quest to share my research and findings with others.
Despite the cost and potential dangers of some eradication techniques, there are cost-effective and ethical ways of dealing with pests.
Knowledge is power.

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