A Guide To DIY Ant Removal – Infographic
A Guide To Ants And DIY Steps To Get Rid of Them
Ants can be a serious household nuisance. They’ll invade your home, multiply, get into your food, and even bite you. Getting rid of them may be a little tough, but it’s not impossible. In this guide, we’ll tell you what you need to know about these little pests and how you can get rid of them yourself.
A Little Bit About Ants
According to nationalgeographic.com, there are over 10,000 species of ants in the world. Some ants are just trying to survive while others may be raging an all-out war. Some of these aggressive species can pose a threat to other insects and even wildlife that’s much larger than they are. For example, the yellow crazy ant is responsible for the destruction of a very large number of red crabs on Australia’s Christmas Island.
The good news is that most of the ants that enter your home are not quite this evil. They’re usually looking for food, not war. Here are three common ants that could invade your home.
- Odorous Ants
These small brown or black ants get their name due to a rancid odor they give off when crushed. These common ants are found all over. While they won’t damage your home, they will contaminate your food. These ants live for several years and have many queens and colonies, so it can be hard to control them. The good news is that they don’t have stingers so they can’t sting you.
- Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are a serious concern because they will damage your home. These reddish-brown ants don’t eat wood like termites, but they will excavate it to make nests causing a need for expensive repairs. They usually build multiple nests with the primary nest being outdoors and the worker nests being inside your home.
- Fire Ants
Fire ants get their name from the fiery burn you’ll experience when they sting you…and they will sting you. They’re also a reddish color so they stand out from most other ants. The good news is that they prefer to be outdoors in sunny, hot weather. That’s why they’re mostly found in the South of the United States. They will, however, enter your home looking for food.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about ants and their various types, it’s time to discover how to entirely get rid of them. We’ve prepared a list of the most efficient DIY pest control solutions for Ants in this infographic.
How to Get Rid of Ants with DIY Methods
- Identify the type of ants you’re dealing with. Once you do this, you’ll be able to determine their living habits.
- Place ant bait inside the house. It comes in liquid form which is better for sugar-loving ants or solid form. Eventually, you’ll see a lot of ants taking the bait. You must resist the urge to kill them because they will take the bait back to the colony and to the queen. They’ll wipe themselves out.
- If, after a couple of weeks you’re still noticing ants, the next step to get rid of them would be to find the nest. Ants like moist places so look for leaks. This step could take a while.
- Once you’ve found the nest, spray them with ant-killing insecticide. This can help you kill a mass amount of them quickly. If you’re lucky enough to kill the queen, you’ve essentially stopped the growth of the colony. The ants will eventually die off and be gone. However, keep in mind that this doesn’t stop another colony from inviting themselves in.
- Make sure you erase their scent trails. Scout ants leave scent trails for their fellow ants to follow. Soap and water won’t get rid of the scent trail. Use a vinegar and water solution.
You may have to repeat these steps a few times to completely get rid of the ants. Once you’ve done this, you’ll want to take some preventative measures to keep them from coming back.
Here are a few preventative measures you can take to make sure ants don’t come back into your home after you’ve gotten rid of them:
- Fix all leaks and repair all damaged wood in your home.
- Fix any cracks that ants can use to gain access to your home.
- Put down outdoor ant poison so they will have less of a chance to even make it to your home.
- Make sure you clean your home well so that you’re not leaving food out (crumbs) to tempt the ants.
Ants can be tough to get rid of, but not impossible. You need to have a lot of patience as you go through the process. The information in this article is all you need to set yourself up for a smooth DIY ant removal process. Follow each step, be thorough, and before you know it, you’ll be forgetting what an ant looks like. If you are still dealing with a tenacious pest, you may need to contact a specialist. Pro Pest Control Sydney has been offering local home owners with cost-effective solutions for eradicating pest infestations. Certain pests, such as termites and others, may necessitate a stronger substance to be totally eradicated.