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With all of the hot and dry weather we’ve been getting it’s not surprising that unwanted houseguests would want to make their way in to a cooler area looking for food and water. If you’ve tried the traps to no avail here are some tips on how to get rid of the ants without having to fumigate the place or the chemical compounds.

Locate the entry point

Ants will find their way in through even the smallest crevices or hole in the exterior of a building.  Start with an outside inspection looking for what could be entry points.  If you find the potential ant lobby try plugging the hole with petroleum jelly (Vaseline), toothpaste or even duct tape. Check window seals and fill the cracks with compound from your local hardware store.

It’s a good idea to trim any trees or plants that touch the house – they may look pretty, but they also function as bridges for unwanted insects.

Shut down the insect buffet in your kitchen

You’ve seen how ants will gather around a discarded hot dog bun in the backyard, now imagine how they feel about that slightly open bag of cookies or those boxes of sugary cereals that aren’t properly sealed. Use seal-tight containers (added bonus: the food will stay fresher longer) to store snacks. Keep the kitchen surfaces clean by wiping the counters down with a diluted portion of a 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 litre of water in a spay bottle. It only costs pennies but kills germs and the smell which will be unnoticeable to your nose in a few minutes is a good repellent for the ants. If you  have an older home and there are openings between the wall and the counter or pipes and floors try  filling or surrounding  them with salt. It’s a fabulous deterrent for the ants. They do not like the sodium.  Maybe they are smarter than we give them credit for.

Stage a DIY attack on the queen

Capturing the queen will solve the problem but how to do that can be a brain scratcher. With all the tunnels and nooks and cranny in the ground or between walls how do you get at the little royal pest?  Easier said than done, when Her Majesty remains behind the walls in her nest awaiting food from her workers (oh, to be an ant monarch). The only way to kill the source is by poisoning the ants you do see, so they can take the bait back to their leader. First mix something goey with something sweet like Crisco shortening and sugar, creamy peanut butter and jelly. Then add some Borax natural laundry booster which is  an all-natural sodium product that can be bought at most grocery stores. Place the mixture near the entrances or on a stiff cardboard surface against the wall near where you see the ants and replenish often. If they like your mixture they will alert all the workers of the easily available bufet. So if after an hour you see thousand of ants on the goods, don’t panic. They are gathering for the nest and they will distribute it easily.

Be patient though as this process can take a bit of time. Pest Control Canada’s website on ant control confirms that the process can take several weeks. Check bait often – if the bait is surrounded by dead ants (meaning they are not living long enough to take the poison back to the queen), lower the amount of Borax. At the same time, keep your house as cool, dry and clean as possible.
And finally don’t try to domesticate an anteater. It’s illegal and it probably will get you more than a few stares at the dog park.

                                                                                                                                                          

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