As a new mom, you have enough to worry about in regards to providing adequate care for your baby that even the thought of having to fight to keep the ants away from your home is probably too much for you to bear. Unfortunately, not thinking about an ant problem isn’t enough to either prevent or get rid of ants. So instead of ignoring a potentially large ant problem, try to do something about it now with the following tips.
Clean Up Frequently
Babies drink a lot of milk initially, and milk is a sweet carbohydrate that’s prone to attract plenty of ants. Therefore, it’s essential for you to clean up and store away milk bottles promptly after usage. Also, believe it or not, your baby’s spit up can be appetizing to ants. Hence, you’ll want to clean up the aftermath of a messy spit up situation as soon as possible. That means doing laundry frequently and throwing all of the dirty bibs and burp clothes into the wash.
Milk and spit up don’t just land on clothes and burp clothes. They also end up on the floor and furniture as well. When that inevitably happens, you need to quickly wipe up and sanitize the area to avoid attracting ants. Since there’s now a baby in the house, you’ll want to stay away from harsh chemicals and stick with a vinegar and water mixture instead.
If even with following all the tips above, you still find yourself with ants at home, be sure to contact us for additional assistance.
There are many ways to get rid of pesky ants at home. Here are some tactics and solutions to stop the ants from invading your home and space.
- Borax Bait
Take 1 teaspoon of water, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of borax and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Mix them together well. Take some cardboard and separate it into small pieces, put a small amount on each piece. Place these in the spots around your home that the ants seem the most active. The ants will then get into it and bring it back to their colony, killing off the colony and the queen.
Keep floors and counter tops clean of crumbs, garbage, and food. Take your garbage out often and keep your dishes clean. Remove any waste that could be attracting the ants.
- Repelling Ants
A few things can help repel the ants away by using different solutions that have smells that ants can not stand. Those include lemon water solution, vinegar solution, and dish-soap solution. Dish-soap is harmful to ants because it includes chemicals that break down the protective layers the ants have. Spraying these solutions on the places the ants are active can help keep them away. Cleaning your counters with peppermint can also help, seeing as ants dislike its smell as well.
This seals your doors, windows, and any small spaces that ants can fit through. You can also line these spots with salt to keep them from invading your home.
Need more information on getting rid of ants at home? Contact AJB Pest & Termite today!
Fire ants are notorious pests, known for their aggressive nature and burning, painful stings. For you and your family’s safety, is important to know these essential facts about fire ants:
Fire ants are invasive.
They are native to Brazil and Argentina and were introduced to the United States in the early to mid-1900s. This makes fire ants a relatively new problem for US homeowners to deal with when compared to other pests.
Mounds can be found anywhere.
While fire ants prefer to create their home mounds in sunny, wide-open areas, they will also nest under rotting logs, rocks, bricks, and houses for shelter. They dig deep, and their tunnels can extend 1 to 3 feet below the surface of the soil.
Colonies can have multiple queens.
Fire ant colonies can have anywhere from one queen to a small group of queens. The more queens present in a colony, the more worker ants can be produced. So long as a single queen survives, the colony will continue to reproduce and grow.
Fire ants reproduce quickly and live longer than you think.
A single queen can lay up to 1,000 eggs per day. While each worker fire ant may only live for 5 to 8 weeks, the queen will live up to 7 years. She will continuously produce more ants over her entire lifespan.
Fire ants are more than a nuisance; they are a dangerous pest to have in or near your home. If you have questions about fire ants or suspect an infestation, please contact us today.
According to Penn State’s Department of Entomology, the carpenter ants, like termites, invades homes and starts excavating wood structures to make its nests. They are different from termites, an important distinction, as pest control methods are different for the two insects.
The presence of carpenter ants inside a house does not necessarily mean that they have established a nest inside the home. Some carpenter ants establish colonies in dead logs, tree stumps, or hollowed-out trees outside the home and enter in search of food. The fact suggests that a good way of controlling carpenter ants would be to remove dead wood from within 100 yards of the house.
Carpenter ants generally do not create tunnels and nests inside dry wood but favor wet, rotting wood and insulation to make their colonies. Rarely will an infestation threaten the structural integrity of a house, but structures built near wooded areas are most at risk. Many nests inside the house turn out to be satellite colonies related to the main colony located just outside the home.
Besides clearing wood from around the house, homeowners can help stop carpenter ant infestations by making whatever repairs are needed for roofs and replacing any wet, rotting wood that is in the house. You should seal holes where pipes and wires enter the house.
Because of the difficulty of finding a nest inside the house and the toxicity of many pesticides, getting rid of a carpenter ant infestation is a job for a professional. For more information on getting rid of carpenter ants or any other pest problem, contact us.