Getting rid of ants may be one of the hardest battles you will ever face in your life. Once you spot a lone ranger crawling across your pristine kitchen surface, you can almost be sure that you are soon going to have an ant invasion. After all, those little buggers move by the colony. So how do you make sure they don’t even get started on your kitchen?


What Attracts Ants to Your House?

Food, Food, and More Food!

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Ants are opportunistic feeders who will feed on almost anything to keep going. They can eat fruits, other living creatures, plants, meat, and really almost anything. But their preferred diet is sugar, hence the reason why you will always see them attacking your sugar jar the first opportunity they get.

In fact, if you leave your sugar in the plastic packaging they come in, you can be sure that the ants will soon turn up to chew through the plastic and make their way into the sugar. So always make sure you store your sugar in an airtight jar to keep the out. Also store away your pet food if you have pets, as dog and cat biscuits are a great source of food for ants too.

Fun fact: If you always have ants around your house, you can be sure that you will not have termites. This is because ants find termites to be a great source of protein, and have in fact been known to obliterate entire termite colonies to reduce competition for resources. So if you don’t mind the pesky creatures, you can save quite a bit on termite extermination.


How to Get Rid of Ants

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The pros of having ants around to get rid of termites may however be overshadowed by the cons of constantly finding them in your food, in your sugar jar, in your pet’s bowls, and making long lines across your table passing food back to their colony. They can also get into your pets’ hairs and bite them giving them the itches, and you may even find them crawling up your furniture to bite you too. There are fortunately quite a few methods to get rid of ants in your house.


Borax

Borax which is also called sodium thetraborate, comes in the form of a white powder and has been used as a cleaning agent for decades now. This substance also happens to be poisonous to ants when ingested, and kills them within within 24 to 48 hours.

An easy way to get ants to ingest borax is to mix the cleaning agent with syrup and place it where the ants often appear. As mentioned above, ants love sweet stuff and will soon turn up to eat the sugary treat. The worker ants will also carry some of the food back to the colony to feed the rest of the ants, resulting in the death of the colony within 24 to 48 hours.

Borax is however also poisonous to humans and pets. So if you do decide to use borax to get rid of ants, do use gloves when handling it, and do place it where it is not reachable by your children or pets. If ingested or inhaled, severe poisoning as well as organ damage may occur.


Boric Acid

Boric acid is another highly poisonous substance to ants. It is also toxic to humans, so do remember to keep it away from children and pets if you decide to use this method. Do also remember to wear gloves when handling boric acid.

You can easily purchase boric acid from Shopee or Lazada. When you get your boric acid, all you need to do is sprinkle about 3/4 of a teaspoon of the chemical into a cup of food and leave it out for the ants to eat. When the ants bring the food back to the colony and their queen, they will essentially be poisoning the entire colony and you can look forward to an ant-free house in about 2 to 3 weeks.

A major perk is that boric acid is also poisonous to cockroaches, so if you have a roach problem, you can kill two birds with one stone.


Baking soda

Another method to get rid of ants is baking soda. Baking soda is another substance that is fatal to ants and is easily purchased online or at DIY shops. All you will need to do is sprinkle baking soda in areas where the ants usually appear, and sprinkle sugar together with the baking soda.

When the ants appear to feed on the sugar, they will also bring the baking soda back to their nest to feed the colony. After ingesting the baking soda, the chemical will cause a disruption in their body chemistry and dry them out from within.

Do however note that baking soda when ingested in quantity by humans or pets will also poison them, and may result in vomiting and nausea. If the body has absorbed too much, kidney failure and seizures are also possible. Hence if you decide to use this method, please make sure to keep it out of reach of your pets and children.


Hot Boiling Water

This method is only effective outdoors. You will know that you have an ant infestation in your garden if you suddenly see a small ant hill appear in your garden. It will appear small to you, but their colony actually spreads out far and wide underground.

The safest way to get rid of them if you discover their nest in your garden is to get a pot of hot boiling water and pour it down the nest. By doing so, you will be able to kill many of the ants instantly. You will however not be able to kill all of them, as their nest spreads out far and wide.


White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the safest ways to repel ants. While it doesn’t kill the creatures, it repels them well as ants despise the smell of white vinegar. Another added perk is that if there are ants already in your house when you use this method, they will not be able to find their way home as the scent of vinegar will wipe out the smell of pheromones which they rely on to find their way home.

All you need to do is mix an even amount of water to vinegar in a 50:50 mixture and spray it around all the possible ant entry points in your house. This is a prevention method that will stop them from coming into your house. As the scent will eventually fade off, you will need to re-spray the concoction every 2 weeks or so.


Getting Rid of Pests in the House

Pests are no one’s favourite house guests. They are annoying and pesky and we would typically use any method possible to get rid of them. We hope this guide will help you out if you have been facing ant infestation issues. Do drop us a message below if you tried any of these methods, or simply let us know if you know of any better methods to get rid of them.

Cockroaches are another highly invasive and common pest everyone wishes they could do without, hence we have also created a guide to get rid of cockroaches.

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(Written by Isabelle, 7th April 2021)



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