How to Get Rid of Ants

Ants are small but mighty. And their presence can make a big impact when you’re spending time in your yard. If ants are marring your landscaping and biting your legs, here are some tried and true ways you can evict them from your property.

Get to Know the Enemy

In order to eliminate the probability of ants returning, your best plan of action is to remove their ant hill base. Ants are numerous with colonies containing hundreds or even thousands of insects, and they are organized. And it all stems from their queen and their ant hill. That’s why simply repelling ants won’t solve your problem. They’ll just leave one way and come back another. You have to get to the root of the issue.

Methods for Removal

Boiling water: Method number one doesn’t require any special concoctions or ingredients. All you need is a pot of boiling water. Rake open the ant hill to expose it and allow for the water to carry all the way down. Ants can survive underwater for about 24 hours,  but the odds of them surviving scalding hot water is slim.

Homemade ant bait: Your next option is to create your own bait. To do this mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with boric acid. Boil that along with 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Place the finished product in an old sauce or yogurt container, making sure to punch holes in the lid. Place the container next to the ant hill so they can easily find it. Then, the boric acid will do the rest.

Vinegar: Vinegar is also effective at removing ant colonies. Simply mix equal parts water and vinegar, rake open the ant hill opening, and pour it down. Bear in mind that both boiling water and vinegar can kill vegetation, so be sure to be careful when using these liquids around landscaping.

Ants can deter you from wanting to spend time in your yard, and they can become a serious nuisance if they find their way inside your home. Use these simple tactics to stop them at the source.

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