How to Kill Ants Naturally
Understandably, some people prefer to use natural insecticides because repellents haven't worked for them. Therefore, if you are one of these people, take a look at natural pesticides instead. It sounds harsh, especially if you are an extreme lover of all animals big and small, yet in some cases, repellents are not enough. The ants keep coming back.
In addition, regular insecticides can be harmful to pets, such as cats and dogs, who like to lick everything. In fact, when a house or apartment goes through an extermination, all pets must leave with the owner, outside of the house. This situation can turn into quite a hassle.
For those who want to keep it simple and green to permanently rid of ants, take a look at these options:
- Borax (or boric acid) is a common way to kill ants. Experts recommend making an "ant trap" of sorts; for example, mixing boric acid with something sweet, such as sugar or peanut butter. It depends on the ants' tastes (yes, it actually does!) as to what will lure them. Try the sweet things, or even unconventional temptations such as cat food. Mix the borax with the food and put it out in a small dish or bowl by the ants' home. They will keep walking through the poison, thus dissolving their exoskeleton, and they will eventually die. A caveat: borax is poison. Do not leave it in a place accessible to children or pets.
- Go to the source directly. In other words, disturb the ants' nest for days until you see they are gone. A good method is to pour copious amounts of apple cider vinegar down the nest hole for several days until they have disappeared. To find the nest, you have to go outside and search. However, if your house has a cracked foundation with dirt underneath, that is most likely where the ants live.
- Pour boiling water down the nest hole as well. Though ants can live for several days in water, if you keep pouring the water down, they will eventually die. You must be diligent about it, doing it a couple times a day, and perhaps adding an agent to increase the fatality rate. Agents can be salt, vinegar or dish detergent.
In conclusion, a home remedy to kill ants may be the solution you desire. The next time you have an ant problem in your house, think of this article and choose either a natural repellent or insecticide remedy.