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Did you know that ants lived alongside the dinosaurs? That worker ants only live up to 60 days, but queens can live up to 20 years!! Did you know that ants are not only pests at your summer picnics, but are huge pains in the you know what, once they get in your home? Oh, you knew that last one… At LeafGuard, we know that summers in Milwaukee are not just about BBQs and swimming pools. Ant infestations can be a downer, especially if you’re not sure what to do about it. No worries, before you wave the white flag and call the local exterminator, we have some remedies for you. But first things, first.
Find the source or entry point
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Here is where you need to do some investigative work. In order to completely get rid of your ant problem, you need to figure out where they are coming from. The key to getting rid of your ant problem for good is killing the queen and she will be found at home (the nest). And even if you are unable to find the source, knowing how the ants are finding their way into your home, gives you the information necessary to use the right remedy to prevent them from coming inside.
Once you have an idea of where the ants are coming from, get to work. Here are a few remedies, from traditional to modern, natural to toxic, that should do the trick.
These traditional remedies are common household products that many people have in their kitchens already. Oh, and they are pretty cheap and won’t harm your children or pets. Win-win.
One part white vinegar and one part water. Mix in a spray bottle or bucket and clean the areas where you believe the ants are entering your house. Spray or wipe along window sills, doors and floorboards. Easy.
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Pure lemon juice
One part pure lemon juice and three parts water. See above.
Cinnamon, Garlic or Mint
Through trial and error, humans have figured out that ants absolutely hate the smell and taste of cinnamon, garlic and mint. Do not mix them together, but choose one and place it along window sills, door frames and floorboards. Use the actual materials, like ground cinnamon or purchase oils that give off the fragrance.
Borax and sugar
Ok, so you may not have borax readily available in your kitchen or laundry room, but your local hardware store or home retailer will. Mix ½ cup sugar, 1 ½ Tablespoon Borax and 1 ½ cup water. Soak a few cotton balls or paper towels with the solution and place where the ants are concentrated. The ants will take the borax food back to the nest and the colony will die.
If the organic remedies don’t seem to do the trick, there are other options. Depending on where your ant problem persists, these more modern remedies act quickly and either provide a perimeter around your home or eradicate the problem inside. These products can be found at your local home improvement stores (ie Home Depot, Menards, True Value Hardware, Target, Ace Hardware, etc). Some can be purchased at the neighborhood drug or convenience store (Walgreens, CVS, etc).
Liquid or Gel ant baits
Pretty simple instructions here. Just set the traps where the problem persists and let them go to work.
Perimeter home defense
An excellent way to prevent ants from entering the home is to set up a defensive perimeter. Not a bad idea to apply this product each spring.
To give those ants the message they really need to exit the premises, use a fogger. Check out the video to see how it’s done.
Video via youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuZ8TE22BIc
If nothing seems to work and you are at your wits end, call in the professionals. Here is a list of ant control services in the Milwaukee area via Home Advisor.