Sunday, December 28, 2014

Kill Ghost Ants With Baits

Ghostbusters frequently employ bait to trap the ants. A top-rated bait is one that succeeds in getting at the queen. It is best to use a slow-acting bait as this is sure to get the queen. An ideal bait is one that contains sugars, some other insects and grease. Place the bait in strategic positions where you know the ants will appear. The foraging ants will not only eat their fill but also carry some of the bait to the queen and rest of the colony.

The use of residual sprays or dusts stress Ant colonies, causing them to split into sub-colonies and scatter. This scattering, also called budding, multiplies the number of Ant colonies, and thereby multiplies your Ant Control.

When you bait, use a slow-acting bait. Quick-kill insecticides and baits will only kill the foraging Ants, not allowing those worker Ants to take the bait back home to feed the queen, nest workers, and brood.

If the Ant bait that you are currently using is not effective (if the Ants are not visiting the bait) you will need to change the baits. Slow-acting baits provide a variety of the foods the Ants find in nature. Examples are: other insects (proteins/grease-based baits), nectar, aphid honeydew, and plant products (sugar and carbohydrates found in sweet-based baits).

Choosing a bait requires an understanding of the nutritional needs of the colony. To be sure that you have all the baiting needs met, you may want to be ready with a sugar/carbohydrate-based bait, a grease/fat-based bait, and a protein-based bait.

Ghost Ants tend to forage in a random pattern, so that feeding trails may be more difficult to recognize. These Ants have a high need for water and may be commonly found in or around kitchens, baths, or other moisture sources.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Get rid of ants permanently with Vinegar

So we have been using vinegar for a lot of things around the house from cleaning to flea control. Since it seems to help with our dogs fleas we wanted to see what it would do with ants. Well, as you can see vinegar does not kill the ants chemically but it will drown them. They also don't like to come back and it seems to wash their chemical trail pretty well.

I guess it does not kill fleas either. As soon as we would wash our dog she would go out for potty and fleas would jump on her right away from the neighbor dogs that like to visit. Now we wash and after we dry her we spray some 50/50 diluted vinegar on her and rub it into her fur to let dry. She's not too happy about it but her hair is soft and full and the fleas don't seem to bother her anymore.

Kill Ants With Grits

Kill Ants With Grits!

Believe it or not, quick grits will help eliminate ants in your home. Just sprinkle them dry anywhere ants have been seen. Once the ants have ingested them, they expand and kill the ants. This is also an effective way to kill ants outside. Just sprinkle the instant grits all around any ant hills.

Use Lemons to Get Rid of Ants

A lemon juice mixture also works surprisingly well. I can't remember where I learned this home remedy to get rid of ants, but mix up about half lemon juice and half water. Put this in a spray bottle and spray everywhere ants are seen and anywhere they can enter. This includes spraying around the outside of the house. Works wonders if you want to eliminate ants!