Your old method of dealing with ants just
isn’t cutting it anymore. You need new techniques and new strategies… well we’ve got you
covered… it’s time to suit up and let the battle begin. It’s that lovely time of year where picnic
tables and food scraps are running a muck. But you don’t have to let the ants ruin your
lovely camp out or picnic. Always bring some extra containers with you such as Tupperware or deep disposable
plates… I found some pie tins that were perfect. By simply placing the legs of the
table into the containers we’ll be able to make an effective barrier against creepy
crawlies that are trying to make their way to the top. Just fill each one with water
and they won’t get far. Your picnic moat is complete. Now obviously, the best way to avoid an ant
infestation is to make sure you leave nothing they want readily available. The sugar left
over on something even as tiny as the lip of a soda can, is enough to send one little
soldier back to his nest for backup. So before you toss your cans and bottles in the bin,
give them a light rinse to remove any sweet coating that might remain. And keep
in mind, just because you don’t see anything, doesn’t mean it’s not there. So make sure
to always rinse your recyclables before they get stored. If the ants have already penetrated your defenses,
you can start by making your own traps to protect areas you suspect they might be interested
in. Get some Sugar, some water and some borax. While borax might not be in everyone’s home,
it’s worth the short trip to the grocery store to pick it up and it’s usually found
in the laundry section. As far as homemade ant killers go, borax is going to sit at the
top of the list as it’s ant slaying abilities are legendary. Get yourself a small container and add 3 tablespoons
of sugar directly to it. Now grab that borax and add only 1 tablespoon. You don’t want
the borax to overpower the sugar or the ants won’t take the bait. I’ll be using tiny and cheap containers
to hold the mixture. Pour enough in to cover the bottoms and you’ll need to add just
enough water to make a syrup from the powders. I simply dipped a straw into a glass of water
and dripped it over the mixture. You can always add more water later. So, go slow with this
and begin mixing everything together until it runs kind of like maple syrup. be sure to keep it out of the reach of children
and animals. While borax is a common item, it should not be consumed under any circumstances,
which is another reason why I’m using a seal-able container and adding many access
holes around it so that the ants can get in Once you have everything mixed, just place the trap and give it a few days to clear things out. Remember,
you want the ants to come and go so they can get back to the colony. Don’t Kill Them! While a simple trap might work on its own you usually
need to combine methods. That means, you need to find the ant colony. If you knew where
they were coming from, it would be far more effective to destroy them at their source.
Now if you can’t find a visible trail of ants, you can simply spray a little vinegar
near it which will usually send it back the way it came so you can follow it home. Slowly
and patiently follow it back. If you want to avoid any harsh chemicals that could harm your yard growth this is the one
for you. Just run a hose up to the ant’s home and turn it for about 10 minutes. You
really want to saturate the dirt and send the ants packing. Just do it daily until all activity ceases. Now there is a far more effective way to do this. Simply throw a pot of water on the stove and mix in a healthy amount of cayenne pepper
to make this more potent. Vinegar will work too if you don’t have any cayenne. Once
the water reaches a full boil, ask someone to get the door for you and grab the container carefully
with oven mitts on. Take the boiling water over to another ant
colony and slowly pour anywhere you see access holes or live ants. The boiling water will
kill them on contact and wash them away. We need to get rid of the pheromones that the ants left in your home for the others to follow.
You do this after the problem is solved because you want the ants to take any poison they
find back to their nest. It’s simple… get a spray bottle or container
and fill it half full with vinegar, and fill the rest with water, mix in few drops of dish
soap for good measure and hit those nooks, crannies, baseboards and entryways until you
feel confident there is no trail left to follow. If you have a strong cleaning product such
as bleach or Lysol… those will work just as well if you don’t care about the more
natural mixture. So that’s it! Remember, truly getting rid
of ants is a multi-step process if you want it to last. Just follow our tips you’ll
be well on your way to winning the first battle. We put out two videos a week so make sure
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