How to Get Rid of Ants Effectively

how to get rid of antsThere are countless ways to get rid of ants. Ideally, you want to kill them. Killing ants is a sure fire way to really get rid of them. The question is, what is the most effective way to kill ants? You could squish them. That usually kills them. The problem with squishing them is that you only kill the ones that you see.

Ants live in colonies. There is no such thing as a rebel or renegade ant that is out going it alone. Fending for itself. Nope.

If you see a single ant, it is likely out searching for a food source to either bring back to the colony or to bring the colony to in order to feed. You could squish this single ant and kill it, but in most cases this won’t take care of your ant problem. The rest of the ants in the colony remain and eventually they will come out and search for food.

Eliminate the Queen

How to get rid of ants most effectively is to kill the queen ant. Typically, the queen stays in the nest and her sole purpose is to reproduce. She continually lays eggs for reproduction while the worker ants tend to her every need. They bring her food and dispose of her waste. If you kill the queen, there will be no more reproduction in that nest. Eventually, the rest of the ants in that nest will meet their fate and then that colony will be dead.

So, how do you kill the queen if she never comes out of the nest? You poison her! And how do you get the poison to her if you don’t even know where the nest is?  You let the worker ants bring the poison to her. And why would the worker ants bring poison to their queen? Because you trick them and make them think it is a food source.

This really works. The worker ants bring the poison to the queen. She eats it and dies, hence stopping the entire reproduction within that nest. The rest of the colony also eats the poison and dies. If any escape, they follow the trail to the food (poison) source and eat it there and die.

Ant problem solved!

Choose Your Poison

You could use one of several store bought poisons to attempt to control your ants. If you were going to do that though, you wouldn’t be on the internet searching for alternative ways to get rid of ants. You’ve come to the right place, because we are going to show you exactly how to get rid of ants by mixing your own borax ant killer.

Lastly, I would advise against using store bought sprays or other poisons that kill ants on contact. If you’ve read the rest of this page, the reason is obvious. Dead ants can’t bring poison back to their queen in order to kill off the entire colony. While these sprays can be an effective tool to create a barrier that prevents ants from coming into your home (or other building or structure), they are not effective at killing off entire ant colonies. Unless, of course, you know where the nest is and can spray directly into it.

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