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ELIMINATING ANT COLONIES

For such small little things, ants can certainly get things done fast. If you notice that your home is infested with ants then there is a good chance that you have a few ant colonies living in your backyard or close to your house. Your mission is to eliminate these ant colonies before they make their way into your home and invade your space even more than they already have. There are several different home remedies and chemicals you can use. Browse through your options and see which ones work for you.

If you want to get down to business and get rid of those ant colonies in one big blow then head down to your local gardening center and pick up some heavy duty ant killer. This harsh chemical will kill the ants and their colonies but it can also damage surrounding areas of your rent controlled unit.

If you are not too keen on using chemicals then there are other solutions. While many people are happy to pay the little extra and may even want to hire an exterminator, you may want to stick to a more natural approach if you have small children or pets in the backyard. Luckily there are several home remedies that may work on eliminating ant colonies.

Natural Ant Removal Remedies

One simple solution is to pour boiling water over the ant colonies. Get a jug of boiling water and head to your backyard. Comb the lawn to see where there are several thousands of ants. This is most likely their colony. Pour the boiling hot water onto the grass to kill the majority of the ants and eliminate the problem. This is the cheapest solution but it may not completely get rid of all the ants in the area.

There are several ant control tonics that will poison the ants without poisoning your lawn or your pets in the process. Mix 5 tablespoons of cornmeal with 3 tablespoons of baking powder and bacon grease. Add in 3 packages of yeast and let the mixture loose near the ant hills. You can also spread a little bit on your jars, window sills and other areas where the ants invade. The ants will eat this mixture and die.

You can also look into using dry boric acid which will instantly kill the ants but it can be hard on your soil. If you have a lovely little garden growing it might be best to stick to a different tonic such as dry grits, pepper or cinnamon, all recommended remedies for eliminating ant colonies.

If you are not ready to be the ant killer and instead want the little guys to move on and away from your home, then cinnamon is your best option. Ants do not like cinnamon but it will not kill them. Sprinkle cinnamon all around your home including on your driveway, in your garden, on your patio and near your window sills. The ants will see the cinnamon and move on without checking out.

Regardless of what remedy you try, eliminating ant colonies may not be super successful on your first go. These little suckers are incredibly resourceful and you may find that the ants keep coming back. Make sure you keep the house as clean as possible which will give the ants less incentive to come inside in the first place. Pick up any crumbs and keep the lids on all items in your pantry and on your kitchen counter. Shut the doors behind you and invest in high quality windows that do not let ants through the cracks.

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