Ants cause a lot of nuisance and contamination of food, for example. Moreover, you never know for sure where the ant has been. Ants are one of the most common problems, fortunately, ants are almost harmless but very annoying. Some types of ants can bite or sting and pharaoh ants, for example, can spread diseases when looking for food. It is best to immediately throw away food that has been covered by ants, due to the bacteria that ants carry under their feet. Besides, the ant protects the aphid by eating the larva of the ladybug (enemy aphid), which can cause problems to your plants or crops.
Ant nuisance? These are the most important symptoms
Especially in May, June, and July the number of ants around and possibly in your home will increase. Ants start building nests in the spring and there are always ants looking for food, preferably sweets. Then the time of year arrives for eating outside in the gardens, and ants are so close to the house that there is always something tasty to find.
Eating indoors with the window or door open also attracts ants. In our daily lives we therefore hardly get rid of ants. You often recognize them because they see them running or when cracks/holes appear between the joints of your tiles in the garden. Ants like to nestle under the terrace, so get rid of ants is necessary if you want to prevent your terrace from sinking. This is due to the extensive tunnel system that ants dig under your tiles.
What you should NOT do?
Logically, it is therefore unwise to not clean up (sweet) food or to leave it after it has been spilled. Getting rid of ants is also not a matter of spreading poison on or around ant nests, certain toxins are very harmful to your soil/soil life and can eventually accumulate in the soil. Result: No more ants, but no more active soil life. Getting rid of ants successfully, but for the time being, nothing will grow there.
So be careful at all times when you are going to get rid of ants with anti-ant sprays and/or powder, this can cause health problems or soil problems in your garden. Of course, you do not use any toxins at all if you have pets or children. Toxins have a much stronger reaction to (small) pets and children. This is, without exaggeration, extremely dangerous.
What can you do?
To get rid of ants you can try out some house, garden and kitchen methods yourself. However, the problem is that these methods are temporary, and therefore do not definitively solve the ant problem. In many cases, the ants will move and nestle in another location in your garden. Good hygiene is very important, furthermore, spring is the perfect time to see if there are cracks or seams in your home, you can seal them nicely before the summer. Then in the summer, it is only important to prevent the ants from entering your home through windows and doors, for example by tensioning a copper wire here. Do this no later than February or March, so that you are ready when the ants show up again.
How can you prevent ants?
A tidy environment is essential to prevent ants. If you sit outside in nice weather, clean up food scraps immediately. Do not leave sweet food open and exposed, but clean them up in the pantry/basement cupboard. An ice cream that slowly melts and accidentally leaks (outside) onto tiles is also food for ants. It is advisable to flush this away immediately.
Ants also love to walk in and around the bins. By washing containers and trash cans with soapy water and detergent, you prevent the ants from easily entering and leaving the container and trash can.
Try some indoor ultrasonic pest repeller, 3 in 1 pest repeller (Electromagnetic and Ultrasonic Pest Repeller with Night Light) can prevent ants effectively.
How to get rid of ants? Follow these 5 tips:
- Pour boiling water 1 or 2 times a day over the ant nests for a few days.
- Dissolve ant powder in water or sprinkle dry on paths in the garden where you walk a lot.
- Dilute 1 part of cleaning vinegar with 2 parts of water and pour this in and over the nests and paths.
- Sprinkle brown sugar around the nests and on your paths. A little less friendly, the ant will actually ‘explode’ because the sugar starts to ferment. The sprinkled sugar will be taken by the ants to the nest, where the queen will also eat from it.
- Attach a copper wire under/against your threshold at the door and windows. Ants will prefer to avoid the wire and therefore not come in.
These tips can temporarily improve. Do you want to get rid of an ant nuisance? Always have ant control carried out by a pest control!