To get rid of ants effectively, you must understand the basics of how they live and thrive. You might know by now they live in organized colonies with ants having different roles and responsibilities to keep their tribe alive and breeding. They can communicate with each other and solve complex problems. They travel long distances to collect food and leave scents on their trail to find their way back into their nest.
While they perform important roles in the ecosystem, they can become nuisances once they invade buildings or when they live in areas where their presence is undesirable. However, not all species invade homes or business properties and proper control and management is based on the species. If you want to get rid of ants and prefer trying to do it on your own first, you can try the following home remedies and tips. Of course, you are also free to call a professional ants control in Malaysia if you want to save yourself from the hassle.
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Ants leave a chemical on their trail in order to find their way back into their nest and food source. One thing you can do is wash these trails away to confuse them and make it difficult for them to go to their favorite areas in your home. You do not have to use expensive and harmful sprays for you can make your own.
You can use pure vinegar, or make a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. You can also use a tablespoon of essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender or others and fill the spray bottle with water. You can also try replacing the essential oil with liquid dish detergent. Spray them around ant pathways and entry points.
Baiting system is used by professionals to kill ants by having them ingest poisoned food. You can try mixing 2 tablespoons of boric acid with jams such as jelly, honey or maple syrup just enough to make a paste. If no jam is available, use peanut butter or bacon grease. Spread it on a sheet of paper or plate.
You can also try putting it in a container with a lid that has holes. Another mixture you can try is 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of boric acid that you can put in saucers around their favorite spots. If they seem to ignore the sweet treats, try proteins such as grease from bacon and other meats since ant species may go after sugar or protein. Be careful when using boric acid and make sure your kids don’t reach it.
Destroying their nests
You can try to find their nests and pour this solution into it but be careful and cover your legs or wear boots. Mix ¼ cup liquid dish soap for every gallon of boiling water. Alternatively, pour a generous amount of cider vinegar for three consecutive days. Another thing you can try is a solution of boiling water and salt that you can pour also for three consecutive days.
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These are just a few homemade anti-ant solutions and there are many others you can try. However, no matter how many times you try to get rid of them, they will be attracted to your place if there are food sources they can collect. Make it a habit to keep your home clean, seal their entry points and keep most areas dry.