Pesticides usually have a pungent unpleasant odor, and are generally dangerous to humans, as they decompose poorly in the natural environment, penetrate soil and water and poison them. We offer you a relatively mild gentle way to get rid of ants with biodegradable substances.
The manufacture of an annihilating or deterring ant control agent from common substances used in the household. Here is a list of useful substances and items:
- a piece of chalk;
- lemon juice;
- Cayenne pepper;
- 50% aqueous solution of acetic acid;
- water-based puree of orange peels;
- petroleum jelly;
- duct tape;
- corn flour;
- boiling water;
- vinegar slaked soda;
- nicotine water, which is prepared by leaving pipe tobacco soaked in water overnight and then filtering it.
Ways to Use Anti-Ant Agents
Spray ants with vinegar. Having a low pH, it will destroy ants and will not harm most types of furniture. This is a great way to clean indoor surfaces that guests have indicated.
Feed the ants with cornmeal. They will be happy to pick her up and take her to the anthill, where the colony will feed on her. But, since the ant organism does not digest this type of product, this will lead to the death of insects. At the same time, cornmeal does not harm animals. Similarly, wheat flour and dried ground rice work.
Arm yourself with duct tape. When you want to beat out from the ants in the apartment, lure them with food smells to the surface of the duct tape. They will stick to her.
Detect the anthill and destroy. It may take some time for you to observe the ants, but they will invariably lead you to the root of all problems – and you can destroy the anthill directly. A good way to do this is to pour nicotine water or boiling water directly on it. You can use an alternative method – with the help of a suitable wand or any other object, you need to destroy the top of the anthill so that it looks like a crater. It is necessary to fill it with baking soda up to half and pour it with vinegar – this will destroy the colony with a 100% guarantee. The destroyed anthill can not be removed from the site, it will gradually disintegrate and disappear, but if you want to speed up this process, put sod with grass on top of the skeleton. In case you do not like to cause harm to ants, insects do not like citrus fruits and therefore, most likely, they will have to find a new home.
Press ants with your fingers. Yes, this is also an effective method to get rid of unwanted inhabitants of the house or garden. However, always remember to wash your hands after a “bloody massacre.”
Preventive Ant House Control Techniques
Try to control those places in the house that can serve as a place for ants to penetrate. Mostly such places are cracks, holes, windows, and openings for pets. It is here that it is appropriate to apply preventive measures against insects.
Sprinkle salt on flat surfaces. This is a great way to scare away ants from window sills and get rid of their presence.
As another way to combatants, apply barriers with chalk. Draw lines on the walls and doorposts. Ants do not like the calcium carbonate of which chalk is composed, and therefore try to avoid it.
Pour lemon juice over the outer door sills. From this, the rapids will become a little sticky, but then the ants will be scared away by the pungent smell of citrus.
In places inaccessible to animals, you can sprinkle cayenne pepper. This tool is suitable for processing cracks and crevices.
Spray vinegar on large surfaces. This will be advisable in places where too many powdered substances are needed for processing.
Spread orange peels around the base of the house. Again – the smell of citrus scares ants away.
Along the edges, smear various objects with petroleum jelly. This will prevent ants from climbing into your pet’s bowls.
The best method of fighting ants is to keep clean. Wash countertops in the kitchen more often and do not leave crumbs anywhere.
If you do not accept the extermination of ants, we advise you to hang an open jar of honey on a tree in the garden in early summer – they will be happy to forget about your kitchen.
Some of the methods described above may be prohibited by local law. Be careful.
Nicotine is extremely toxic, it can be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. In high concentrations, its effects can be fatal! Always use rubber gloves when handling this substance. Pregnant women are highly discouraged from contacting nicotine.
Be prepared for the ants to return. You will have to repeat these operations more than once.
Remember: ants are an important link in the natural balance. Do not exterminate ants around the house, but only in it.