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Are you in a battle with ants constantly? Are the old ways of dealing with them not cutting it anymore? If you are looking for new techniques for getting rid of ants, we have got you covered. Let's suit up and let the battle begin!
It is the time of the year where the weather is nice, and food is plentiful. You are out on a nice summer day having a picnic and lo and behold, the ants start coming to ruin your lovely day outside.
Always bring along some extra disposable bowls or those disposable aluminum containers with you. Simply by placing the legs of your picnic table into those containers and adding water into them, you have effectively created a moat against any creepy crawlies trying to make their way to the top.
Obviously, the best way to avoid an ant attack is to make sure you leave nothing they want readily available. Even the tiniest bit of sugar left over on the lid of your coke can send one little soldier ant back to his colony for backup and before you know it, your ant infestation has begun!
So before you toss your cans and bottles in the rubbish bin, give them a light rinse in water to remove any sugar that remains. Bear in mind that what you don't see, does not mean it isn't there. Make sure to rinse your recyclables before you store them.
But ants have already penetrated my moat! what do I do now?
If they have already penetrated your well-thought-out defenses, you can begin by making your own traps to protect areas you suspect they might be interested in.
Get some sugar (honey will work well too), some water, and borax. While you may not have borax stocked up, some convenience stores around your area may have them. Search in the laundry section. Its ant slaying abilities are legendary.
Mix together 1 tablespoon of borax and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Do not be tempted to use too much borax as this will overpower the sugar and ants won't take the bait. They ain't stupid.
Use tiny and cheap containers to hold the mixture and set them in places where you feel ants will likely appear. Remember to keep them out of reach of children and animals. While borax is a common item, it should NOT be consumed under any circumstances.
Once you have set the traps, just leave them alone and give them a few days to clear your ant army out. Remember, you want the ants to come and go back to their colony with the mixture.
Don't kill the ants!
While this simple trap might work on it's own, you may need to combine another mode of attack. You need the find the COLONY! If you knew where they are coming from, it will be far easier and effective to attack them at their base.
If you can't find a visible trail of ants, find a single ant and spray some vinegar near it (not on it), and it will send it back the way it came from. Follow it slowly and patiently back to its nest.
Set more traps around the nest and just leave it for a few days to a week.
After a week when all the ants have disappeared, you will want to get rid of any pheromones that the ants left in your house for the rest to follow. Do this only AFTER the problem is solved because you want the ants to take the poison back to their colony to share with the rest of the nest.
To get rid of any pheromones, you can use a spray bottle filled half full with vinegar and fill the rest with water. Spray them wherever you feel the ants are coming from till there is no trail left to follow. You can use bleach or Lysol as well. These will work just as well if you are not concern about it being natural and organic.
So I hope this solves your ant infestation problem. Getting rid of ants is a multi-prong approach if you want the results to last. Just follow the above steps and you will be well on your way to winning the battle and ultimately the war.
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