- Home Remedy for Lawn Ants
- How to Control Ants in a Compost Pile
- Can Black Ants Kill a Tree?
- A Home Remedy for Red Ants
- How to Get Rid of Meadow Ants
- How to Kill Carpenter Ants in Cherry Blossom Trees
- How to Drown Carpenter Ants
- How to Control Outdoor Ant Colonies
- How to Kill a Nest of Fire Ants
- How to Kill Ants in the Lawn
- How to Kill Mound Ants
- How to Identify Michigan Black Ants
- How to Keep Ants From Crawling Up My Fruit Tree Trunks
- Ants That Look Like Spiders
- How to Kill Ants with Cornmeal
- How to Mix a Borax Acid Solution for a Sprayer to Kill Ants Around the Perimeter
- How to Kill Ants on the Lawn
- What is the Best Way to Remove Ants From a House?
- How to Kill Coastal Brown Ants
- How to Kill Ants in Lawn
A small population of ants is considered beneficial for most lawns, but if the ants are creating unsightly anthills in your yard, lawn ants can be a nuisance. With the aid of some valuable home remedies, you can keep ants out of your lawn for good.
Spray vinegar on the yard. Load white vinegar into a clean, empty spray bottle. Spray generously on any areas you have seen ants in your lawn, including on anthills. Repeat every time rain washes away the vinegar.
Spread crushed black pepper around any anthills. Ants dislike the scent and taste of black pepper and will avoid living near an area that is coated with black pepper. Spread the pepper in a thin coat across all anthills in your yard. Repeat every few days as necessary.
Place mint leaves throughout your yard to prevent ants. Ants will avoid mint leaves because the scent of mint bothers them. Crush or tear the mint leaves with your fingers before spreading them over the lawn. Repeat every few weeks.
Place one part borax, one part water and one part sugar in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the bowl on your lawn where you have seen the most ants, or prepare several bowls of the mixture and place them in multiple areas. The ants will detect the scent of the sugar, then fall into the bowl as the borax kills the ants.
Break up cinnamon sticks and place them on the lawn. Cinnamon sticks have a strong cinnamon scent that repels ants. Place more cinnamon down when the old sticks no longer have a detectable scent.
Keep compost moist to deter ants. Ants prefer warm dry areas and may seek out your compost bin if it provides a dry area to shelter them form the weather.
Turn the compost to expose ants to the elements and to break up their nests. Disturbing their hiding place while wetting the area may encourage them to move on to drier ground where they can find shelter.
Sprinkle corn meal or dry cream of wheat around the compost bin. Ants will carry the cereal back to the nest and eat it, but they are unable to digest cornmeal or cream of wheat. The grain will swell inside the ant and kill it.
Place commercial ant traps around the perimeter of your compost bin to prevent ants from returning to the bin. However, if you are opposed to a chemical solution to your ant problem, avoid ant traps.
Ants, including the carpenter variety, live in colonies. They send out scouts to find damp or decaying wood in which they can tunnel into and modify for the colony to live in.
It may appear as if the black ants were responsible for killing a tree just because they are found in it. The ants are not eating the wood but any sap, nectar in flowers, fruits or insects on the tree.
Sugary baits with insecticide must be placed near the tree to destroy a black ant colony and stop the insects from further weakening an already dying tree. Killing the ants individually will not help. With baits, ants bring the poison back to the colony.
According to DGS Gardening, boric acid is toxic to ants as it attacks the nervous system and kills the insect immediately. If boric acid is mixed with a sweet-tasting bait, red ants will take it back to the colony to share with others, helping to kill the majority of the ants. Half boric acid and half icing sugar (to lure the ants) should be mixed together to kill off surrounding colonies.
Planting mint, or having a solution of peppermint extract in some water, will help deter ants and drive them away. This is an option for those who do not wish to kill the ants, but merely wish them to leave the premises.
A mixture of strong smelling spices and herbs, like cinnamon, cloves and ginger, can be sprinkled around corners or floors where red ants inhabit. Ants do not like this smell and will place themselves far from the powerful scents.
A simple vinegar and water solution, sprayed around the areas where ants inhabit, works well at driving them away from the premises. The ants cannot stand sour or powerful odors, and it encourages them to find a more bland environment.
Clean your kitchen. Ants send out "scouts" to check out an area before the rest of the colony follows to move in. The scout ants leave scent trails that make it easy for other ants to follow. Since most ants are attracted to the scent of food emanating from your kitchen, wipe down countertops and mop the floor with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
Place and seal all of your food items in airtight containers, as the scent of food is what draws ants in and around your home. Clean spills quickly and keep crumbs off of the floor.
Block ants from entering your home by creating a noxious barrier to keep them at bay. Ants do not like cinnamon and chili powder. Combine equal parts of each into a large-holed shaker. Sprinkle the mixture over the thresholds of door entrances, along the inside of ground floor windowsills and in any crevices that lead into your home.
Search for the anthill or mound where the ants originated. Once you find it, pour two quarts of boiling hot water into it. The mound will collapse and the boiling water will kill the remaining ants inside.
Monitor the carpenter ants' activity to discover where their nests or main area of activity are. Carpenter ants are the most active between sundown and midnight.
Dust the tree with an insecticide such as Sevin or rotenone that is listed as safe to use on trees. Concentrate the dust on areas where you noticed carpenter ant activity. Get the dust into any cavities, visible ant tunnels or holes. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and amounts.
Examine the tree for and prune any dead or dying limbs.
Re-dust the cherry blossom tree with insecticide as needed at the intervals prescribed by the manufacturer.
Dab some honey on the floor in various locations throughout your home between sunset and midnight. Wait for ants to come and take the honey back to the nest for the other workers to eat.
Place red cellophane over the lighted end of a flashlight. Secure the cellophane with a rubberband.
Use this flashlight to follow ants back to the nest, since ants cannot see red light. Track the ants until they enter a hole in the wall or an exposed area of damaged or rotting wood, such as a woodpile.
Pour the liquid insecticide into a chemical sprayer if the nest is not exposed. Spray the liquid insecticide into the opening to coat and suffocate the ants. Repeat the process with any other spots where you find ants, since ants tend to build several nests in one location. Pour the bottle of insecticide itself into the anthill entrance if your ants lead you to an anthill.
Remove any damp or rotted wood from your home after the ants are killed. Keep firewood far from the house, and keep it covered and dry so that ants are not attracted. Hire a contractor to assess damage and fix the walls if ants have been nesting in damaged paneling or beams.
Try to locate the ant's nest. A mound or an anthill are the most obvious signs of a nesting site. Nests may also be found concealed under mulch, gravel, stones, landscaping timbers, pavement or under the grassy areas next to the foundation wall of the home. Exterior siding or wood trims damaged by moisture are other preferred nesting sites.
Place some dabs of honey on an index card to reveal the nesting site if not found or confirm the nesting site you suspect. The ants will feed on the honey and head back to the nest. Follow the ants to track down the nesting site.
Place the ant bait besides the outdoor nesting site. If you were still unable to locate the nesting site, place the ant bait near the trails of ants. The ants will eat the granules inside the bait voraciously and take some back to the nest to the queen.
Mix the insecticide with water in a watering can, according to the insecticide's instructions.
Drench all fire ant mounds with the insecticide in the watering can. Start by applying about a quarter of the total volume of the mixture to a 10-to-12-inch band around the outside of the mound. This will prevent the queen from escaping underground.
Apply granular bait using a hand spreader uniformly over your yard. This will prevent fire ant colonies from reemerging after you've destroyed the largest nests.
Rake any ant hills on the surface of the grass. Completely flatten them.
Pour insecticide, at the rate suggested on the package, over the mound area.
Water the entire lawn to allow the insecticide to sink into the soil.
Put three gallons of water into a pot.
Place the pot on your stove and turn the stove on. Leave it on until the water comes to a full boil. Once it does, leave the pot on the stove for another minute or so before turning the stove off.
Take the pot full of boiling water outside immediately after you turn the stove off.
Cover the entire mound of ants with boiling water. Pour the water slowly to ensure that you kill all of the ants.
Inspect the area to see if you've killed all of the mound ants. If any remain, repeat the process. You may need to do this two to three total times in order to kill all of the mound ants.
Observe the color. Michigan black ants, as pointed out by their name, are black although some may look to be a very, very dark brown.
Count the segments. Unlike other ants that have two or even three segments between the head and the waist, the black carpenter ant only has one body segment.
Look for hairs. Michigan black ants have yellow and sometimes white hairs on their body that are easily identifiable when looked for.
Note that the antennae of black carpenter ants have 13 individual segments.
Measure their size. Michigan black ants grow to be between 6 and 13mm in length.
Clear grass, weeds or other matter from around the trunk and prune any branches that are touching the ground to prevent ants from going around the adhesive trap.
Scrape the trunk of the tree carefully to smooth the bark. Do not scrape too deeply; doing so might result in injury to the tree.
Wrap a band of the polyester fiber material snugly around the trunk about 12 to 18 inches above the ground. Tape the smooth plastic sheet around the trunk over the polyester material band.
Apply an even coat of the adhesive insect barrier about 1/8-inch thick to the plastic sheet using the putty knife. Apply the barrier completely around the trunk, leaving no open space that ants can navigate.
Reapply more adhesive insect barrier to the plastic strip in the spring after the ground thaws and ants become active again.
The spider ant has six long legs and two long antennae that appear to be legs, so that they look like eight-legged arachnids. Their elongated heads also make spider ants appear more like spiders than ants.
In addition to looking like spiders, spider ants also mimic spider behavior. When in danger, spider ants lift their lower abdomen like spiders, and tend to move quickly like spiders as well.
Unlike many other types of queen ants, the spider ant queen does not have wings. It is hypothesized that the queen's lack of wings is the reason that spider ants are localized to one particular region in the world.
Compared to other types of ants, spider ants have fewer members in their colonies. They nest in dead wood or soil at ground level and can walk on water due to their long, thin legs.
Mix 2 2/3 tbsp. borax, 1 2/3 cup sugar, and 1 gallon of warm water in a large pot or mixing bowl. Stir the mixture until the sugar and borax dissolve. The warmer the water, the quicker the sugar will dissolve.
Pour the solution into a garden sprayer tank according to the directions of your sprayer.
Spray the borax solution around the perimeter of the ant nest or any other problem areas. Any sprayed surface must be thoroughly saturated to ensure it leaves enough sugar to attract the ants, and enough borax to kill them. Several small puddles around the perimeter of the ant nest make an effective and lethal bait.
Repeat the process on a daily basis until the ants die or move to a new location.
Boil roughly 3 gallons of water in any standard cooking pot.
Take the pot of boiling water outside as soon as the water comes to a full boil.
Pour all of the boiling water onto the portion of your lawn covered in ants. Pour slowly so that you cover all of the mound/area with the boiling water.
Pour roughly 2 cups of vinegar around the area that was covered in ants. This can help to kill any remaining ants and also prevent the ants from returning to that portion of the lawn.
Inspect your lawn and repeat this process to kill and remove the ants from the lawn.
Ants are attracted to food, so the cleaner your house is, the less they will have to be attracted to. Keep counters free of crumbs and spills. Cover open food containers such as sugar bowls.
For ants that live outside the house, insecticides and bait treatments can be used in the outside nest, according to DoYourOwnPestControl.com. Nonrepellent insecticides are the best insecticides for ant control, both for ants that live inside the home and those that live outside the home. Use both a protein-based bait and a sweet-based bait so that the bait choice will definitely cover their food choice.
According to Good Housekeeping, sprinkling borax powder or boric acid around the entrance to your home or around visible trails will discourage ants from making it into your house. Boric acid mixed with sugar or flour will be carried by the ants back to their colonies, and they will die from the mixture.
Remove ants from your home. Clean all observed trails with soap and water. Ants navigate to food sources via chemical trails. By wiping away the scent, you will clear away their known path. If you have coastal ants on your property they likely will find a new way into your home.
Apply permethrin wettable powder insecticide in areas of your home where you have seen ants entering. Permethrin kills on contact and is safe for indoor use. The treatment will last for 10 to 12 weeks, after which reapplication is required.
Treat outdoor areas with a granular ant bait. Ant baits contain slow-acting insecticides that the worker ants carry back to the nest, increasing the chances of killing the queen and disabling the colony. Place bait in dry areas where ants are known to forage.
Monitor your lawn carefully for coastal brown ants. Reapply ant baits as needed. Coastal brown ants may have several nests on your property, and populations can rebound rapidly. Several treatments of insecticide may be necessary to remove these ants from your property.
Track where the ants live. Put a dime-sized amount of honey, maple syrup or a similar sweet substance in an area of your lawn where you notice the little insects. Check back after three to four hours. The ants will have formed a line back to their ant hill.
Flatten the ant hill with a rake, which may deters ants and force them to look for a new home to build their nest, according to Iowa State University. Inspect the area after a week.
Dust the soil in and around the ant hill with a granular insecticide formulated with carbaryl or bendiocarb if the ants have rebuilt their hill, according to Ohio State University. Spread it in a 3-foot radius around the ant hill.
Inspect the area after two to three weeks. Repeat the insecticide treatment as needed until your ant problem is gone.