Ants may be good for the environment as they aerate the soil when they create their tunnels, but if they start invading our homes, they turn into pests. Not only do they get into our food and damage them, but they also bite. There is no real harm though when one gets bitten by an ant as it only produces a small, raised, itchy bump that goes away after a few hours. However, there are some species of ants that do not just cause an itchy, red bump but also cause severe allergic reaction. This is especially true if they’ve been bitten by fire ants.
Because ants can be pests, it’s important that you get rid of their colony quickly. Using insecticides is easy and quite effective, too, but you should know that these artificial means of eliminating ants do more harm than good, especially when it comes to the environment.
For this reason, here are earth-friendly ways to get rid of ants.
If ants have invaded your garden and you’ve found their colony, what you can do is to pour hot water over the mound. The water should be boiling as it can effectively kill the ants; however, you should know though that this can also kill the grass. If you regularly use boiling water, you have to be prepared to see bald patches on your lawn. However, if you want to go this route, then be sure to use protective gloves to handle the hot pot containing the boiling water. Also, you have to exercise extreme caution in handling it, especially when transporting the pot. You don’t want to get burned by it, nor do you want to suffer the pain from the burn.
On the other hand, if the ants are inside your home, then it’ll be much harder to look for their colony. Unless you have the patience to follow the ant trail and, from there, get rid of the colony, the best thing that you can do is to let them carry the “poison” that will kill the colony.
Now, the poison that you will have to use for this is necessarily not the ant poison that you can purchase from your local garden store or stores that sell pest control products, but boric acid. Boric acid, as ant poison, is not just very effective but very earth-friendly as well.
What you need to do is to mix boric acid with something very sweet, like sugar perhaps or syrup. Place the container somewhere where children and pets can’t reach, preferably on top of the refrigerator or between heavy furniture. Just see to it that it is a place where you commonly see ants. The ant will take the boric acid back to their colony, and when they ingest the food contaminated with boric acid, it will dehydrate them. Once the soldier and worker ants die as well as its queen, there’ll be no ants left to care for the eggs, effectively killing the colony.
For ant problems though that can’t be resolved through these means, then it’s best to let a professional handle the job for you.
The author, Jennifer Daleo, regularly contributes articles to the site of Rove Pest Control. Ant colonies can be controlled by organic and earth-friendly means; however, if the problem can no longer be controlled, then a professional pest control company can help a lot.