The pavement ant, or sugar ant, can be a huge concern for people, whether inside the home, in the garden, or on a picnic.
Once you know how ants work, you can understand a little better the ways in which you can get rid of them more naturally. Ants will follow each other in a trail, using the scent of pheromones to accomplish this.
You can follow the ant trail to find out where they are coming from and where they are going. These paths are what you will want to treat. The worker ants are the ones you will see most often. These workers will bring food back to the colony. They cannot actually eat the food themselves.
The first step is to determine the reason they are drawn to the premises, either indoors or out. For instance, many people who recycle their soda cans or plastic bottles will leave them uncovered until they return them to the grocery store or place them on the curb for pick up.
Baits are the most effective and safest way to kill ants but before you buy bait, you will want to see what the ants are eating.
Whatever the case, the sugar in these containers attract all kinds of ants, bringing armies to the particular site and thereon.
Next, it is of the utmost importance to keep a clean house with regards to foods. Once meals are completely, quickly clean up crumbs and throw any unwanted leftovers away in sealed bags and covered garbage cans, preferably placed outdoors and away from the home.
Make sure that sugar, cereals, and other foods are placed in tightly sealed containers. Often, people place their sugar in hand sugar bowls for easy access, but this practice must be stopped immediately until the problem is completely resolved.
Kitchen cabinets and drawers should also be cleaned thoroughly to remove any crumbs, grains of sugar, and other spills which will undoubtedly draw these insects to the location.
Check your home carefully for any cracks that allow for their easy access to enter. These cracks can be repaired by silicon caulking.
As well, use natural products that will deter them completely, such as hot paprika or red hot chili pepper, a ground of course along their trails.
In the garden, they could be damaging beautiful and somewhat costly shrubs, plants, and flowers. If some plants are being damaged, it is recommended if possible, to uproot the plant and place it in another location temporarily.
In this case, the anthill is usually close by and should be located and destroyed. It is important to be ready to act swiftly when this task is to be undertaken.
When the anthill is located, it should be dug out with a shovel and boiling water should be poured into its depths to drown all the insects, eggs and especially, the queen. Make sure that several gallons of boiling water are on hand to complete the task.