Ants can carry 20 times its weight and they are omnivores in nature. They can range in size from 0.8 to one inch depending on whether they are drones, workers or the queen ant.
The ant is a very social animal so they tend to live in colonies. This is one of the reasons getting rid of these little creatures can be easier than getting rid of other insects. There are more than 10,000 ant species and in most cases they make up half of the insect population of a place.
The anatomy of the ant
An ant is an anthropoid meaning it is a creature with segmented body parts. It belongs to the insect family which is characterized by three parts of the body and six legs. The ants body is made up of the head, thorax and abdomen.
Defining characteristics of an ants body include a tiny waist and a lager head with antennae on it that look like they have elbows. They also have well defined mandibles that they use to pick up food and carry it to their lair.
Natural ant killers
Ants can be destructive but with the right natural solutions one can be rid of them effectively.
A mix of vinegar and water can be used to effectively get rid of ants when they enter your house. Vinegar naturally repels insects because of its heavy scent which feels noxious to ants.
Essential oils are great at repelling most insects and they will effectively get rid of ants. These oils contain natural components used sometimes in insecticide. Oil like lavender is sweet smelling to humans but repulsive to insects like ants. Tea tree and peppermint are other oils used to repel ants. Just add a few drops to some water and shake well then spray on the ant’s nest.
This is a completely natural way of getting rid of ants and it is safe for pets and humans as well. You can use diatomaceous earth indoors and outdoors so find the source of the ants and sprinkle some earth there and find them inside and sprinkle there too.
Also sprinkle some in places they are likely to visit like the pantry and baseboards in the cupboards.
How to get rid of ants
To get rid of ants you need to have excellent hygiene.
Keep the garbage out
Ants look for a consistent supply of food and build a home around it. Your garbage could be their supply of food. By clearing your garbage you have no worries of ants finding food in the dust bins.
Clean pet food bowls
Ants live finding scraps of food in your pet’s food bowls. They will make it a habit to visit the bowl regularly to find food. Leave the bowls clean after every meal to prevent ants.
Ants will leave a scent to call their fellow ants to a source of food. Make sure to wash your space to wash away the ant’s scent.