A small number of ants in the yard is usually not a problem, but with a massive invasion or penetration of ants into the premises, it becomes necessary to destroy the entire colony. Use chemical pesticides or common household products to get rid of the ants in no time!
Method 1 of 2: Using pesticides
Step 1. Spray the anthill with a spray to eliminate the source of the ants
You need to mix 25 milliliters of pesticide and 4 liters of water in a spray bottle with a pump and treat all the nests in the yard. The ants may not die right away, but the situation will return to normal in about one week. The non-repellent pesticide creates a barrier through which the ants pass and then bring the poison into the nest.
- Find ants' habitat. They can be located near the house, along the fence or in the cracks of the paths. Anthills usually look like small mounds.
- Spray pesticides no more than once every 6 months.
Step 2. Spray the pesticide around the house to keep the ants out of the house
Use the same non-deterrent pesticide in your garden sprayer. Hold the end of the spray hose 15 centimeters above the ground to machine the blind area and foundation up to 30 centimeters. Treat all junction boxes, pipe connections, and other places where ants enter your home.
- Also, don't forget to finish the windows and door frames.
- Spray pesticides on a calm day so that only the areas you need are treated.
Step 3. Spread granular pesticide over lawns in case of extensive infestation
Granular pesticide contains poison that the ants mistake for food and carry it deep into the nest. This pesticide should be put into a garden spreader to treat the lawn. The spreader will provide maximum coverage of the area.
- Sometimes bags of granular pesticide have a built-in sieve and allow you to dispense the substance without a spreader.
- Keep children and pets outside for at least one hour to allow the pesticide to dry.
- Mow your lawn before tilling to allow pesticides to penetrate the ground.
Step 4. Use bait traps near your home to control the number of pests
Place these traps where the ants enter and exit the dwelling. The inside contains granules with poison that attract ants and destroy them if they get inside. After one month, the old traps should be thrown away.
- Some bait traps contain a strong odor liquid that attracts ants. After that, they are trapped inside the trap.
- The first results will be visible in a few weeks.
- You can buy bait traps at the hardware store.
Method 2 of 2: Using household products
Step 1. Cover the nest with soapy water as a safe solution
Stir 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 milliliters) of dishwashing liquid into 4 liters of warm water. Slowly fill every nest in your yard with the solution. The heat and soap will destroy the ants and prevent them from escaping elsewhere.
- Pour liquid into a spray bottle to apply the solution more accurately.
- Water the nests early in the morning or late at night when almost all the ants are inside.
- Hot water or boiling water can damage nearby plants, so be careful.
Step 2. Spray boric acid on the nests to kill the ants in a few days
You can use diluted liquid boric acid or stir the powder in warm water. Mix 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) of boric acid, 1 cup (200 grams) sugar, and 3 cups (710 milliliters) warm water to create a sweet mixture that will attract ants. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and treat the nests and any ant paths in your yard or around the house. The results will be visible in a couple of days.
- Boric acid is toxic to humans and animals if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Never use the substance near food preparation areas. Wear gloves and a respirator for protection.
- Rinse off excess boric acid to clean up accidentally treated areas.
Step 3. Spread diatomaceous earth around the nest to dry the parasites
It is better to use horticultural diatomaceous earth (DZ) so as not to destroy the plants. Spread DZ around the nests and ant paths in the yard. As a preventative measure, sprinkle the substance around the perimeter of your home to prevent ants from entering your home.
- Diatomaceous earth dries up and kills the ants in a matter of days or weeks.
- Wear a respirator to avoid inhaling diatomaceous earth.
- DZ does not pose a danger to children and animals.
Step 4. Make an orange peel and vinegar deterrent spray
Combine equal parts water and vinegar in a saucepan, then add 2-3 orange peels. Bring the mixture to a boil on the stove and turn off the heat. Let the crusts sit overnight and then pour into a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle to stir the solution, then treat the nests in your yard.
- Such a remedy scares away rather than destroys ants.
- Use a blender to grind orange peels in vinegar and water for a thicker solution that can be deadly to ants on contact.
Step 5. Pour the glue directly into the nest to block the hole
Squeeze a bottle of PVA glue into the nest to fill the passages and block the exit. The glue will kill a large number of ants that cannot get out, but the surviving ants will move and create a new nest.
Step 6. Spread baby powder around the nests to keep the ants away
Ants usually stay away from talcum products, such as baby powder, which have a fairly strong odor. Pour baby powder around the nests and directly inside with a funnel.
You can also use baby powder around the perimeter of your home to scare off ants
Step 7. Treat all the entry points of the ants into the dwelling with essential oils
Use clove or citrus oil to kill ants and keep them from entering your home. Apply oil around the entry points of the ants using soaked cotton pads. Repeat this procedure every three days until the ants are gone.
Dissolve 15 drops of essential oil in 1/2 cup of water (120 ml) and pour into a spray bottle. Treat nests for direct contact
- Most ant poisons are toxic to humans and animals and should not be used in the presence of children or pets. Wear gloves and a respirator to protect your skin and respiratory system.
- Keep children and animals out of the yard for an hour to allow the pesticides to dry.