Ants aren't a big deal if they remain outside and don't come into your house. You have a big problem when you start to see them come indoors because they will just increase in number. You need to get rid of the ants with wings as soon as you see them. These are carpenter ants and then can do a lot of damage to your home. There are a number of things you can do to get rid of them.
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Things you need
- Cleaning supplies
- Baby powder
Clean your entire house. The ants want to get at your food, food droppings and food residue. Make sure you use bleach, especially down any drains where food has been.
Sprinkle some baby powder on your carpets, and vacuum the house. If there were any ants around, they would suffocate in the vacuum bag.
Make your own poison. Mix 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of sugar together. Put it in a line around the foundation of your home. The ants will smell the sugar and eat the mixture. The Borax will then kill the ants.
Buy ant traps. Set them in places that your children cannot reach. You should also wash your hands with soap and hot water after you touch one.
Use a professional. Carpenter ants are some of the hardest insects to get rid of, and they can make nests in the wood in your home. This means that they can do damage to your home. If you find that your own methods are not successful, you will need to pay a professional who has access to the strongest chemicals.
Tips and warnings
- Borax is poison. Keep it away from children and pets.
- Keep a tight lid on all foods so that the ants can't smell them.