One of the most common household or yard pests has got to be the common ant. There are over 12,000 species of ants, believe it or not, and the most common of those is probably the regular pavement ant. These are the little culprits that come into your home as soon as you spill sugar and forget to sweep it up. They like sweets and if they don’t find them outside in your gardens, they will come inside and find what they need. You definitely need to know a good home remedy to kill ants if you see these little guys.
Among all the species there are basically 3 types of ants which are usually found in one’s backyard. These are the
black ants, fire ants and the red ants. Black ants are considered monogyn, their colonies have a single queen.
They nest underground and are commonly found in rotten deadwood or under stones. This type of ant is a problem to most gardeners. Black garden ants
often explore their surroundings during the summer months to search for more food for their queen and their young.
There are many natural ways to get rid of ants and keep your garden free of the pests. One of the best way to get rid of ants in your garden is to use pipe tobacco. Soak the tobacco in water overnight to make tobacco tea. Discard the wet tobacco and carefully pour the tea over the ant hills. The tobacco tea will kill the ants. Remember to use gloves when handling tobacco tea.
Another method is to pour hot boiling water over ant hills. This method only gets rid of that individual ant mound and may need to be repeated several times to completely rid your garden of ants. This procedure does not kill all ants, it usually encourages the colony to move on.
Another home remedy is to poison the ants with sugar paste. To make the paste, use one tablespoon of boric acid with one cup of sugar and stir it well until it is completely dissolved. Drop small amount of the mixture near the ant hills. The worker ants will carry it along to the colony and help to spread the poison to other ants in the colony. The poison sugar paste will kill the entire ant colony.
Beside this there are many common spices and foods that can be used as a natural ant repellents. Sprinkling powdered red chili pepper, paprika, or dried peppermint along ant trails and around the outside of the yard is one way to naturally repel ants. Blending up citrus peels and water in the food processor and pouring the solution on the ant hill is another way to naturally repel the ants. Cutting up cloves of garlic and placing them around the yard is another way to keep ants away.
However, you can also avoid ants by not planting flowers and fruits that attract aphids, white flies, and mealy bugs. These insects excrete a sugary substance that attracts ants to the yard. The other method is to keep food waste well contained in dustbin. Do avoid standing water in your garden, this may draw ants to the garden looking for water.