This simple DIY idea will help you to get rid of ants in your house
Ants live in colonies and are in millions in just one colony. Now imagine all these ants invading your house in search of food, water or shelter. These ants can get into any crevice, any space they find and start laying eggs there. So from say 100 ants in your house, the number might multiply to hundreds and thousands before you even realize. These ants are also known to harm your children, pets and whoever gets in their way. So how do you kill something that is so great in numbers?
Here is a fairly simple DIY idea to kill these ants with a simple trick that can kill hundreds and thousands of them in a single use.
Ants live in colonies and basically there are 2 classes of ants in the colony and the workers/forager ants make more than 10% of ants in that colony. These ants are tasked with bringing in food back to the colony and feeding the entire colony.
Mostly the two reasons ants venture out of their colony is to collect food or water. Sometimes the entire colony would move if the temperature outside falls below their comfort zone and they will move into places that provide comfort and heat.
Though mostly harmless, the ants can harm many things if provoked.
2 Harm from Ants
Though mostly ants don’t cause much harm to anyone, but they are more of a nuisance in the house, as once they make your home, their home; you will find them in every place that gives them either food or heat.
Since they carry various organisms like E coli, Streptococcus, Shigella, Salmonella and Staphylococcus and most of them are found in feces and they can transfer the same into the food they contaminate. So it’s better to keep them away from food.
You can keep food in airtight containers, clean up the dishes and take care to not leave any crumbs on the kitchen counter. You can also seal any crevices or cracks from where you see ants coming out or going in. Or you can get rid of them by killing them using a simple mix of ingredients that are explained on the last page.
3 Need of an effective ant killer
One of the ways to kill ants is using ant traps or those can-based toxic killers that you spray in the areas that ants cover. But the drawback to this method is that you have to keep away all your important things somewhere, so that the spray doesn’t affect them. If you have small children, you also have to make sure that they touch nothing that has been sprayed with the ant-killer.
Therefore you need to have an ant killer that is:
Safe enough so that the children do not get affected by it and it won’t harm them if they touch it or inhale it.
Economically viable. Remember no matter how many pricy ant-killers you buy, they won’t be of any value if they don’t do their job and will only be a waste of money.
Should be effective. It should perform the only role it is supposed to do and that is, kill those dastardly ants for once and forever.
4 DIY ant-killer
The ant-killer that fulfills all of the earlier mentioned criteria is just a simple one that you can make at home. For this DIY idea to work, you need the following things.
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1 ½ Cup of Borax, which is easily found in the market on the laundry detergent shelf
- 2 Cups of water
- An empty glass jar
- Cotton balls
- Tin foil or old lids from milk bottles or coke bottles
Now just follow the directions below in order to make your own ant-killer:
- Boil water and put it in the jar.
- Add sugar and borax to the water and mix them until both are completely dissolved in the water.
- Soak cotton balls in the mixture and place them at strategic places on tin foils or coke lids.
- Place near their colony and anywhere you see ants.
After 24 hours, you will see hundreds of ants stuck to those cottons balls. Just swipe them up with a broom and throw them out in the garbage. And get your home back. Do tell us if you used this method in comment sections.