Many kitchens are invaded by the pesky little critter, the ant. Caulking cracks that can facilitate their entry into the home may help, but they can still enter through the cracks around doors. An ant-proof home is virtually impossible to create. Here are some tips to help control the pesky critters.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln lists 12 different types of ants.
The Carpenter Ant comes in red and brown varieties. They acquire their name by excavating tunnels in the wood framing of the home. To make their task easier, they prefer the wood to be softened by leaking water. They do not eat the wood, but leave a trail of wood shavings in their wake. They prefer a more palatable diet of insects or meat. Eliminating sources of moisture will greatly curtail their prevalence.
True to the name, the Little Black Ant attains a length of only 1/16 inch. They can often be controlled by ant bait traps or dry insecticide dusts.
Crazy Ants live up to their name. They typically inhabit flowerpots and act very erratically; running to and fro for no apparent reason.
The Large Yellow Ant lives in the soil under rocks, logs and concrete slabs. This ant is not attracted to baits and may require the services of a professional exterminator.
Upon spotting a bug, the first impulse is to call a professional exterminator. While approved pesticides are much safer than previously, children and some adults can be sensitive to them. Some people report success by using natural materials as alternatives. They are also much more economical.
According to Howstuffworks.com, a solution of white vinegar and 50% water will kill and repel ants, when used as a wipe in infected areas.
Spraying a solution of soapy water on points of entry makes your home less attractive to ants.
Ants are like some people. They cannot abide hot spices, such as cayenne pepper. Application of the hot stuff to their nests can be effective.
For some reason, ants find cucumber peel repulsive. A strategically placed piece will effectively discourage their presence.
Borax powder is highly recommended, but can cause headaches and skin irritations in small children.
Keep opened packages of food in the refrigerator or ant-proof containers. Keeping attractive food sources unavailable to ants is a helpful strategy. A professional exterminator can be used as a last resort. Applying these tips can help in preventing and getting rid of ants.
Disclaimer: I am not an exterminator or pest control professional. This article is not intended as professional advice and is for information only. Any action you take or do not take as a result of reading this article, you do so at your own risk.
“Insects, Spiders, Mice and More”/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“How to Get Rid of Ants”/HowStuffWorks/com