Among the hierarchy of pests out there, the ant doesn’t rank all too high up. They’re not particularly viscous or disgusting and don’t carry any diseases or any such thing. But if you’ve experienced a whole invasion of them across your kitchen countertops or in your dining area, they’re pretty annoying little things that can get on your nerves. They seem to sprout out from nowhere at all, are legion in their numbers, and you kill one and more will rise up in its place.
The natural instinct when it comes to deal with them is to whip out the bug spray and induce a long chemical attack. That usually solves the problem, but also exposes you to harmful chemicals that can be potentially harmful to you and your family’s health.
Ants Away the Natural Way
The following are several ways that actually are natural and not harmful to you or your family. These will help you head off any ant problems before they start and are easy enough to do with materials around your house.
Take out the scouts. When we see a lone ant scurrying about, the first instinct is usually to ignore it. After all, what can one little ant do, right? And that’s where the trouble starts. Those single ants aren’t lost wanderers. More often than not, they’re advanced scouts sent out by an entire hive to find food for the rest. If they find even the tiniest morsel on anywhere around your house, they head back to the hive and bring the rest of the ants along with them. Your best defense is to start cleaning up the area where you spotted them. The rest of their colony will simply assume there’s nothing worth invading!
Block off all access. Of course, even the cleanest people can’t possibly clean everything with true thoroughness and attention. At one point or another, they’re going to come—especially if they’ve found a way in that they capitalize on. If you’re already in the middle of an invasion, you can use it to your advantage by locating where they’re coming from. When you’ve spotted this point of ingress, you can seal it off. Silicon caulk, plaster, putty or glue are the best materials for a lasting seal, but ordinary glue, poster tack or petroleum jelly will do in a pinch. The key idea here is denying them access to food.
Get professional pest control services. A lot of professionals out there offer natural pesticides that are natural and non-harmful to the environment and people. The advantage here is that they can actually get to the heart of the problem by eliminating the queen and her hive. This might cost a lot more than every other method but at least it isn’t just a stop-gap solution. Rather, it’s a full-on answer that is permanent and lasting. It helps to do research first so you find a group that will meet your needs exactly—naturally and safe for everyone.Share