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How To Get Rid Of Ants From Your Home And Yard

Updated on July 8, 2014

Great Ways To Keep Ants Out Of Your House

Common Black Ants
Common Black Ants
Here is a Fire Ant mound.
Here is a Fire Ant mound.
Fire Ants on the move.
Fire Ants on the move.

Some Ant Information You May Not Know.

There are over 20.000 ant species so you will find ants in almost any ecosystem in the world. Ants live in highly structured colonies and that is one reason ants are so hard to get rid of.

But fire ants are the species of ants that is currently invading the American south. There are over 280 species of fire ants worldwide. Fire ants typically build huge mounds and this is both one of the ways to identify the ants and their mounds are a real problem when they are built in peoples yards.

Fire ants feed on young plants , seeds , and insects but they can and will attack young animals and even people if they disturb the fire ants mounds. And fire ant bites can be really painful.

Fire Ant Bites
Fire Ant Bites
Fire Ant Bites
Fire Ant Bites

As you can see fire ant bites can be extremely painful and have even caused deaths in people who were allergic to the fire ant bites. So you want to use extreme caution when working around or near fire ants.

Please feel free to post your own comments , tips or suggestions about ants and fire ants below. Do you have a great method for dealing with ants or fire ants then please post it below. If you are dealing with fire ants I strongly suggest you call a professional as fire ants can be extremly dangerous as you can see from the bite photos.

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

You will find black ants , red ants , and fire ants are invading neighborhoods all over America and a lot of people don't want to use a lot of chemicals and pesticides in or around their homes so here we are going to discuss ways to naturally get rid of ants.

And the best way to get rid of ants is to eliminate their food , housing and water sources. You may be feeding and watering ants when you feed and water your pets. Feed your outdoor pets only what food they are going to eat. Obtain water dishes you can pick up and remove after you water your pets.

Search your yard for water sources. Turn over any thing that has standing water in it. Be sure to check your trash containers or trash barrels that they are not holding water. If they are cut or bore holes in the bottom of them or purchase trash cans with tight fitting lids. Keep in mind that very small pools of water can provide water for ants. Keep in mind that mosquitoes also need water to reproduce so when you eliminate all the water sources in your yard you should also be ridding your yard of mosquitoes.

You need to determine how the ants are getting into your house if this is what is going on and you need to stop this way into your home. The safest way is to fill all cracks with a silicon based caulk. Ants can get through tiny holes and cracks so these are the ones you want to get filled up to cut off the ants access to your house.

Be sure to move outdoor trash cans or recycling containers as far from your home as possible. Remember you either want holes to prevent water from collecting or you want trash containers with tight fitting lids.

You can declare war on ants by sprinkling the tops of their mounds with borax powder , red chili pepper or paprika to cause the ants problems and make them want to move on. You can sprinkle the tops of any mounds with instant grits and they will kill the ants. But keep in mind for the grits to work they must be the instant grits. You can speed up the process of the instant grits killing the ants by providing the ants with water soaked sponges along with the instant grits.

If ants are coming into your home keep your kitchen counters very clean and be sure to keep all food sources tightly covered to prevent the ants from getting any food to eat. You can create a great liquid ant bait by mixing 4 tablespoons of boric acid with a cup of corn syrup and you want to heat the corn syrup until the boric acid melts into the corn syrup. After you heat it add an equal amount of water and reheat to thoroughly mix. Spray on to the top of ant mounds or along trails where you know ants are.You can even soak a cotton ball with this solution and lay it on top of the ant mound so the ants can get at it.

You can make a great natural repellent for ants out of citrus peeling by boiling them in water and adding boric acid and white sugar. Spray this over the tops of ant mounds and you will see the ants die or move on to somewhere else. Hopefully out of your yard.

Keep in mind that the methods on this page will get rid of ants but you must also do your part. Remember you want to cut off the ants access to food , water and shelter. Spray your indoor trash cans with the homemade citrus repellent to deny the ants access to your indoor trash.

You can even declare war on ants by first use care that the ants don't get on you and then take a garden hoe or shovel and open up the top of the ants mound and pour boiling water down into the ants mound. Just be sure to use extreme care when working with boiling water.

Keep in mind that ants are very hardy and often hard to get rid of so you want to be persistent in your war on the ants in your home or yard. If you have a fire ant investation in your yard you may want to consider calling in a professional as fire ant bites can be very painful and some people are allergic to them.

Get Rid Of Ants, Ants, Ants Recipe, Use This Recipe To Get Rid Of Ants Safely And Pesticide Free.

Here is a photo of the Fire Ant.Click the photo to see a large photo of the Fire Ant.
Here is a photo of the Fire Ant.Click the photo to see a large photo of the Fire Ant.
(C) June 2010 This hub page was created for Hub Pages by Thomas Byers.
(C) June 2010 This hub page was created for Hub Pages by Thomas Byers.

Feel free to post your comments , tips , and suggestions about how to rid your home and yard of ants.

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      Thomas Byers 7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I hate to use chemicals. I tried the instant grits on black ants and it killed them

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very useful hub. Many formicides are dangerous to pets.

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      Ant Killer 7 years ago

      The grits will kill the ants but they have to be instant.