Ant Control In Your Home

Ant control in your home. There are safe ways to get rid of ants and keep them from ever entering your home.

Insecticides not only eliminate home insect invasion, they can also make you and your family sick. Luckily, there are safer ways to rid your home of insects, particularly those annoying ants. Throughout America, it's been both the Argentine Ant and the Fire Ant that have caused the most headaches. If you live in an area prone to drought, you may want to take note of the safest ways to rid your home of this nuisance.

According to the experts, keep snacks refrigerated or tightly sealed during warm seasons because the sap-sucking Argentine Ant is partial to sweets and protein. Native Fire Ants go for the starches and fats which they find on dirty dishes and in your trash can.

Invasive ants also move into potted plants because they offer moisture and moderate temperature. The experts suggest that when you purchase a potted plant from an outdoor nursery, check the pot for ants by slapping the side the pot several times and setting it down. The way to check for Argentine ants is to first water the plant. Those pests will evacuate in response to flooding.

To rid a house plant of Argentine ants, take it outside and water it thoroughly and then place it in a new spot. To block small entryways, you will want to discourage the placement of plants and mulch against your home. If the invasion is out of your hands, health professionals warn against insecticides because those chemicals are also harmful to your family and pets.

What you may want to do is mix about 1/8 teaspoon of powdered boric acid with 1/4 cup of jelly and place small amounts around your home, out of the reach of children and pets.

You can also sprinkle talcum powder along the ants' entryways. Ants will not cross the line. Not only is talcum powder harmless to children and pets, it deodorizes your home and can be vacuumed up when you no longer need it.

Some exterminators conduct a free pest control audit. Check your local yellow pages for the nearest company that provides such a service. Be sure to let the exterminator know if you have children or indoor pets before insecticides are used; caged rabbits, guinea pigs and hampsters in your garage can also fall victim to chemical poisoning.

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