You might be asking yourself “why would a pest control company be giving advice on home remedies? Isn’t that bad for business?” Well, we believe that by helping people and doing the right thing, customers will remember us when they need us. Also, keep in mind that nearly every home that we go to for pest control treatments has already tried something to get rid of the problem themselves. So, these suggestions may or may not work, but if the budget is tight and you really need to try and solve your pest control problem on your own, I would give these a try and then call me if you still need help!
Use Boric Acid
Boric acid is a naturally occurring acid or mineral that can be found in volcanic settings, seawater, plants and in almost all types of fruit. It is a very useful tool when treating for many different types of insects. As a pest control company, we use a lot of boric acid, but most people are not aware that you can purchase it over the counter. It is a very safe and effective option that could be tried before bringing in the professionals to treat.
First, start by looking for ant trails and track them back to their nest. Generally, ants will be looking for food and then returning it to bring sustenance to the colony. If you can reasonably determine where the nest might be located, sprinkle boric acid nearby and let the worker ants do the rest.
Ants Don’t Like Coffee
Used coffee grounds are a great natural ant repellent. You can sprinkle them around the perimeter foundation of your home and create a barrier that ants will not like to cross.
Make Their Trails Slippery
Ants love to follow straight lines and can often be seen making a trail up your gutters, posts or other vertical beam. You can stop this by applying Vasoline to block the trail and generally the ants will not cross it.
Give Them Syrup
Ants cannot resist maple syrup even know it could be their demise. Place a cup of maple syrup in one of their high traffic areas and let them swarm it. Make sure that you do not fill the cup all the way to the top because the ants will get into the syrup and will not be able to make it back out and eventually drown.
Treating a home that looks like an Amazon jungle is never easy and all those shrubs that are touching the home are also a conducive condition. Be sure to cut back any shrubs or tree branches that are touching your home and you might be eliminating an ant highway.
Use Soap and Water
If you are lucky enough to actually track a trail back to the actual nest, you have a great chance of getting rid of it. People commonly will try and kill the ant colony by flooding it with water, but this rarely works because they can survive under water for a very long time. Instead, make a mixture of 1 cup dish soap and 1 cup water. Pour half of the mixture down the ant nest opening. Then, wait about an hour and pour the rest down.
All of these things that I have mentioned above have come from my customers and I have verified that these are commonly used techniques with some online research. Now, keep in mind that if these methods were really effective, I probably would never have had to come to the customers house who used them. I do think that all of these ideas have some merit and will assist in eliminating an ant infestation. However, some ant infestations are a little too advanced for these home remedies and that is when you will need to call in a pest control company. And, when you do, I hope that I am the one you call!
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