Your old method of dealing with ants justisn’t cutting it anymore. You need new techniques and new strategiesâ€¦ well we’ve got youcoveredâ€¦ it’s time to suit up and let the battle begin. It’s that lovely time of year where picnictables and food scraps are running a muck. But you don’t have to let the ants ruin yourlovely camp out or picnic. Always bring some extra containers with you such as Tupperware or deep disposableplatesâ€¦ I found some pie tins that were perfect. By simply placing the legs of thetable into the containers we’ll be able
to make an effective barrier against creepycrawlies that are trying to make their way to the top. Just fill each one with waterand they won’t get far. Your picnic moat is complete. Now obviously, the best way to avoid an antinfestation is to make sure you leave nothing they want readily available. The sugar leftover on something even as tiny as the lip of a soda can, is enough to send one littlesoldier back to his nest for backup. So before you toss your cans and bottles in the bin,give them a light rinse to remove any sweet coating that might remain. And keepin mind, just because you don’t see anything,
doesn’t mean it’s not there. So make sureto always rinse your recyclables before they get stored. If the ants have already penetrated your defenses,you can start by making your own traps to protect areas you suspect they might be interestedin. Get some Sugar, some water and some borax. While borax might not be in everyone’s home,it’s worth the short trip to the grocery store to pick it up and it’s usually foundin the laundry section. As far as homemade ant killers go, borax is going to sit at thetop of the list as it’s ant slaying abilities are legendary.
Get yourself a small container and add 3 tablespoonsof sugar directly to it. Now grab that borax and add only 1 tablespoon. You don’t wantthe borax to overpower the sugar or the ants won’t take the bait. I’ll be using tiny and cheap containersto hold the mixture. Pour enough in to cover the bottoms and you’ll need to add justenough water to make a syrup from the powders. I simply dipped a straw into a glass of waterand dripped it over the mixture. You can always add more water later. So, go slow with thisand begin mixing everything together until it runs kind of like maple syrup.
be sure to keep it out of the reach of childrenand animals. While borax is a common item, it should not be consumed under any circumstances,which is another reason why I’m using a sealable container and adding many accessholes around it so that the ants can get in Once you have everything mixed, just place the trap and give it a few days to clear things out. Remember,you want the ants to come and go so they can get back to the colony. Don’t Kill Them! While a simple trap might work on its own you usuallyneed to combine methods. That means, you need
to find the ant colony. If you knew wherethey were coming from, it would be far more effective to destroy them at their source.Now if you can’t find a visible trail of ants, you can simply spray a little vinegarnear it which will usually send it back the way it came so you can follow it home. Slowlyand patiently follow it back. If you want to avoid any harsh chemicals that could harm your yard growth this is the onefor you. Just run a hose up to the ant’s home and turn it for about 10 minutes. Youreally want to saturate the dirt and send the ants packing. Just do it daily until all activity ceases.