If an ant was suddenly found in the house - it does not matter, it's possible that he accidentally got off the street. But if small red insects begin to show up indoors with a certain regularity, then it's time to take control of the situation in your own hands and get rid of them. After all, tiny house ants, although they look quite innocuous, but very quickly multiply, filling up all the cracks, revealing themselves in breadcrumbs, desk drawers, in the bathroom and even in bed, carrying dirt and pathogens of dangerous diseases on their paws.
Getting rid of house ants is quite a difficult task, because in the apartment we see only working individuals, and killing them, do not cause any harm to the colony. The network of interconnected nests in which the uterus is located can very quickly restore the number of such foragers. As a result, a wrestler with ants, despite hundreds of crushed, frozen and poisoned individuals, will see more and more detachments in the apartment.
To prevent this, you need to know how to get rid of house ants correctly and reliably.
To permanently get rid of ants in the apartment, you need to find the nests in which the uterus lays eggs. Only destroying the heart of the colony, you can cope with the invasion of these insects. This is the essential difference between house ants from cockroaches and other insect parasites.
General rules for fighting ants
If red homemade ants have appeared in the apartment, you need to get rid of them extremely quickly, without giving chances to create a network of nests forming a super-hive (if this happened, then the fight will be long and complicated). In the ideal case - you must initially be ready to fight, having noticed the insects, for example, already at neighbors or on the outer surface of the house.
In the matter of getting rid of house ants, many of the means that are effective against bugs and cockroaches will not help: you can destroy working individuals indefinitely, but as long as the nest lives, they will constantly return.
If you decided to get rid of the ants alone, then remember: you can overcome arthropod migrants in many neglected cases only by joint efforts with other tenants at home. Most likely, the ants managed to infect neighboring apartments, and not one, especially if it is a multi-storey house. In the fight against domestic ants, it is important to unite the efforts of as many home residents as possible, so that in any apartment no nest has a chance to survive.
Ways to get rid of ants
You can get rid of red house ants in several ways. Some of them are fast, but time-consuming, others take time, but are easier to implement. Finally, you can get rid of house ants relatively quickly and easily, but this option will cost a certain amount of money.
So, getting rid of house ants is possible by using the following methods and means:
- Calling the disinfestation team
- Insecticidal aerosols
- Special anti-ants gels
- Pencils from ants and dust
- And also folk remedies.
Getting rid of ants in a domestic environment, always responsibly approach the choice of means, as the main component of insecticidal drugs are poisons. Observe all necessary precautions to prevent poisoning of family members and pets!
Call of special teams: breeding ants with a guarantee
The pest control team is the most reliable way to get rid of small ants in your home. Experts perfectly know how and by what means it is necessary to carry out processing, are able to find nests and will provide total cleaning of a premise.
Usually a brigade comes to the challenge, which conducts the fight in several stages:
- The territory is carefully inspected to detect nests, and then, based on the results of the inspection, a treatment strategy is drawn up.
- With the help of the necessary mechanical devices water, steam, low temperatures, pesticides or even biological agents, the estimated habitats of house ants are processed: plinths, tiles, cracks, pipes, heating batteries.
- After such processing, a control inspection of the territory is carried out.
If no more parasites are found within three months, the disposal of the ants in the apartment has been successful. When special teams work, this result occurs in almost 100% of cases.
The only drawback is the higher cost of this method compared to others.
Self-use of insecticidal aerosols
If the invasion of domestic ants is not catastrophic in scale, and the apartment is only occasionally looked at by red or red ants , then you can get rid of them quickly and simply - with the help of insecticidal aerosols. Household chemistry today has stepped far ahead, and such funds are available to everyone.
To use aerosol preparations from insects is very simple, but it needs to be done carefully and purposefully.
The main recommendations for the use of ants from ants:
- Remove all people from the room.
- Take out the linen, breadbasket and other things that insects have chosen on the balcony.
- Hide the dishes.
- Wear a face mask or respirator.
- Spray the drug on ant tracks, plinths, cracks and places where insects were seen.
It should be borne in mind, however, that if the location of the nest with the uterus is not found, fighting with even the most effective aerosol can be useless. Therefore, the use of aerosols will be effective only when the dislocation of the colony is more or less known, or at least it is clear that the nest is somewhere within the apartment. Often, the nests can be outdoors.
But then how to get rid of apartment ants, if their nests are not in sight and it is not clear even in the apartment they are in general or somewhere else? In this case, it is advisable to use insecticidal gels.
Getting rid of ants with gels: a bait that kills
Even if small homemade ants do not leave you after the aerosol treatment, it means that the poison did not reach their nest. In this case, one of the most promising options for continuing the struggle are special insecticide gels from insects.
Such insecticides are potent, and their main advantage is that they act not only on worker ants, but also on the entire colony. The gel containing the poison is a bait. When an insect consumes it, it dies not immediately, but approximately within a day, but during this time it has time to bring the gel into the nest, so the poison is eaten by ants in the colony, possibly - and the uterus. With the correct application of gels from ants, you can get rid of in 3-4 weeks.
With the help of insecticidal gels you can fight with ants in any premises, including in the kitchen. Most of these products contain natural bitterness, which does not scare the ants, but does not give the curious child or dog the chance to eat a drop of the drug.
Dusts and pencils against ants: safe for humans and animals
If for some reason it is impossible to use an aerosol or gel because of their high toxicity, you can get rid of house ants with dust (or insecticide powders) or a pencil. These funds require an even longer struggle than gels, but they are more accessible.
Getting rid of ants in the house with an insecticide pencil is enough to just draw a shallow line wherever insects can pass. It is necessary to draw several lines along the skirting boards, along the edges of the kitchen furniture, to outline the window sills and other places where the pests were seen.
For example, for this purpose, it is possible to use everything known from the Soviet times as a shallow Masha, well-proven in the fight against cockroaches. The product does not smell and does not have a toxic effect on people and pets, so this procedure can be carried out anywhere and anytime. As a dust from ants, you can use the Clean House tool.
It is important only to remember that it will not be possible to get rid of ants with dust and insecticide pencils in a couple of days: it will take at least a couple of weeks.
Traps for ants: elimination by the principle of dominoes
To get rid of house ants with the help of traps is possible only in cases when such traps are baits with poison. In this case, the domestic ants will simply go into the container, eat the poisoned substance and feed them the uterus. As a result, workers, uterus and the whole colony will die. People and animals will be safe at the same time.
But traps with Velcro or electric traps, powered from the outlet, absolutely ineffective against ants. The pests themselves will perish in them, but the anthill will send more and more foragers in search of food, because the uterus is alive. In this battle, ants will win - tested by the experience of many housewives.
How to get rid of ants folk remedies
Get rid of ants in the house, and - any, red, red and even black, that come from the street, you can with the help of popular means of the people. Among them:
- Boric acid. This substance in an amount of 1 teaspoon is poured into a glass of water, 1 teaspoon of honey or sugar is mixed here. This mixture is smeared with ant trails and plinths along the walls. Boric acid is harmless to humans and domestic animals.
- Yeast. In a glass of water, yeast is added to obtain a viscous mass and a little sugar for sweetness. The resulting paste is also coated with ant routes.
- Bura, like boric acid, is also effective against house ants. In equal proportions, sugar and borax are mixed until a homogeneous mass is obtained. It sprinkles along the paths.
- Corn flour. Disintegrates in its pure form along the paths and cracks. Ants eat it, but can not digest: in their stomachs, flour swells and irreversibly damages the digestive system. Cruel, but effective.
Such recipes are especially effective for getting rid of house ants in the country or in a room that is not used for a long time. They are inexpensive, and they can be very intensively processed. In an apartment building, it is necessary to connect to the neighbors' struggle, in order to eliminate the problem completely, and not within a single apartment for a while.
If houses of ants appear sporadically in the number of individual individuals, it will be useful to take preventive measures. These pests come only to where there is, than to profit.
Here's how to get rid of ants in the framework of prevention, without waiting for their total invasion:
- Keep clean in the apartment, regularly spend wet cleaning.
- Do not leave food leftovers in open areas. Even bread when insects are found should be cleaned in the refrigerator.
- Do not leave food for pets in the open.
- Every day, throw away food waste.
- Bind the cracks to prevent the passage of insects from neighbors.
When such conditions are met, then you do not have to get rid of the ants, they just will not appear. And if the box of the door and the ventilation shaft is treated every six months with a pencil of ants, the apartment will turn into an impregnable fortress for them. There are cases when, with the total infection of an ants with a multi-storey house, the owners of the apartment managed to protect their dwelling so effectively from the invasion of insects that the only ones in the whole house did not experience problems with domestic ants.