If you finally want to get rid of ants and keep them from coming back, then you must resort to attacking their own home the ant colony. You can do this by locating where the colony is, and once you’ve found it then you can flood their home with boiling water to ensure their death. But in most cases, it is difficult to find their home, so the next resort for you is to bait them. When conducting mass destruction on your annoying ant colony, here are the steps that you can take:
First, choose your poison. The most common bait mixture when exterminating ants is boric acid or borax and maple syrup. Boric acid has a deadly outcome on ants, while the maple syrup contains the sweetness ants really love. Once the ants bring the mixture to the colony and distribute it to everybody else, that’s when the abomination takes place. However, you should do this regularly, as it takes weeks and even months for the poison to take result. One good measurement of ingredients for this poison is:
– 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons of boric acid
– 3 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar, 4 tablespoons of boric acid
Next, remove all deterrents. When you are planning for colonial wipeout, you should take away all the deterrents you have used, and allow them to come to you. There’s no need to use baits, as you may draw new ant colonies while getting rid of the present. Once you see an ant trail, place the bait beside it. That will attract their attention and attack the bait rather than heading right home.
In case you have pets or kids at home, you can place the bait in a jar or glass canister. Cover the lid tightly and even seal it with duct tape. Poke 2-3 holes over the lid, and rub some non-toxic ant bait, such as peanut butter. You can also pack the inside of the jar with cotton balls so the ants won’t be able to escape in case of the jar tips over.
To complete the bait, cover the bases with peanut butter bait peanut butter and borax/boric acid powder. Why peanut butter? Ants like sweet and oily foods. If you give them both, the more chances that they’ll indulge themselves into the trap.
Give them all the fresh bait that they want. Allow them to take the fresh, non-toxic bait to their nest until they become full. That way you have already gained their trust.
Remove the bait after using it. Other colonies might smell the bait and move over to your house, and that’s the last thing you want to happen.
Tips of Caution and other helpful tips
- If you find more ants in your yard, you can get rid of an ant infestation by giving them treated plants. Ants love aphids, as well as other flowery plants where they can extract sugar from. You can treat your plants so they would have fewer places to go to when looking for food. One scent ants hate is cinnamon. You can also cover the trails with cinnamon so that the ants will stop roaming around.
- The queen ant is usually larger than the rest of the other ants in the colony. Once you see the queen, have her killed quickly.
- When treating your home foundations, plants and other places where ants usually hang out, use a breathing mask and a pair of gloves. Treatment solutions are very irritating, if not poisonous.
- Borax can be harmful to a person’s health, and touching/handling it without protection can cause:
Difficulty in breathing when inhaled
Poisonous when ingested
Hire professional Brisbane Ant Control specialists to completely eliminate ants from your house. In case you get to encounter any of these situations by accident, get medical help immediately.