Ant treatment solutions for your home and property
Bugs on the Bayou uses a number of treatments to rid your home and property of ants (fire ants, soldier ants, carpenter ants). All our treatments are pet and environmentally friendly. Contact us today for a free home inspection and will will provide you with a customized plan for ridding your home and property of ants.
Many people like to try home made treatments before calling us. We completely understand. If you are one of these people, read the information below. If these treatments don’t work for you, give us a call and we will help.
Ant Treatment Tips For Your Home and Property
Ant Treatment #1: Clean your house—with substances that ants don’t like.
Clean counter tops and surfaces well with one of the cleaners below:
- Vinegar & Water (50/50 mix)
- Cider Vinegar & Water (50/50 mix)
- Liquid Dish Detergent & Water
By cleaning your counters and surfaces with these items you are destroying the invisible scent trails left by ants. This makes it hard for them to find their favorite places in your home.
Ant Treatment #2: Baiting
When baiting keep in mind that the goal is not to kill the ants but to make them sick and to take the poison back to their nest. Make sure that you are baiting them with sugary substances or protein based substances.
- 2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax as in 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Detergent or similar items)
Jam (or Jelly, Honey, Maple Syrup)
- Mix the boric acid with the jam or jelly to make a paste and place the mix on pieces of paper.
- If the ants don’t seem to be going away, add a little more Borax
- 2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
Peanut Butter or Bacon Grease
- Mix and set out in mounds on pieces of paper
Boric Acid can be harmful if swallowed. If you have children or pets you may want to place the bait inside of plastic containers with holes in it.
Once the queen realizes that her members are dying, she will split the colony into smaller colonies. Therefore, one treatment will not work. You should do your baiting on a daily basis, for best results.
Ant Treatment #3: Destroying Their Nests
To attack their nests pour a solution into it. Try the following:
- 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent per gallon of boiling
- Pour this solution into the nest
- Pour large amounts of cider vinegar down inside the ant hill. Do this around the surrounding area as well, for at least three days.
- Make a salt solution by pouring salt into boiling watewr to make a very salty solution.
- Pout the solution into the nest. Repeat for 2-3 days
Ant Treatment #4: List Of Natural Repellents
Many people tell us they like to use natural repellents to rid their homes of ant. They place these repellents in places where they have seen a lot of ants. The hope is that the ants will “be deterred” from entering the home.
Some suggested repellents are:
- Ground Black Pepper
- Bay Leaves
- Whole Cloves
- Red Chili Powder (sprinkle liberally or make a paste with water and apply at entrance)
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Used Coffee Grounds
- Cucumber Peels
- Essential Oils: Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus. Swab these around entrance points.
Old Wives Tale: Make a 1″ line of chalk or baby powder (talcum) around the home, ants won’t cross it. Does it work? Many swear that it does.