I know that Henry David Thoreau turned ants from pests into an example of how society could work if only we were all ruled by a nymphomaniac queen, but I really hate ants. And I bet you hate ants too if you are reading this. If you’re reading these words that means you saw the title and you want to know how to rid yourself of ants. It’s not hard, really, and you don’t necessarily even need to buy ant killer pesticide.
The first step in stopping ants from taking over your yard or patio is to get down and dirty and follow the trail that these nice little buggers have left for you. The source of the ant overlords as they initiate an invasion is what you are looking for. It may not be an ant hill, okay? Following the track of ants could lead you to a crack in your driveway or rotten wood on the side of your house.
The thing you want to do is to create a barrier when you get to that source of the ants. Don’t worry about buying fancy and expensive ant killer. Good old-fashioned boric acid or powdery detergent will do just fine, thanks a lot. The next step is to look around for bits of food that the ants are feasting on. Get rid of it. Destroy their source of food at its source. The boric acid or laundry detergent will help take care of the ants at the source, but there are some things that must be done to rid them entirely.
One thing you want to do if your trek led you to an ant hill is go inside and warm up a frying pan with oil or lard. Get that oily substance hotter than Julie Newmar in her Catwoman outfit and take it outside and pour is generously into the ant hill. Afterward, pour some liquid dishwashing detergent like Dawn over the hill and rinse with hot water. Next pour some cornstarch over the hill, making sure it’s coated completely. The ants that didn’t meet their maker courtesy of the hot oil or dishwashing detergent will be suffocated by the cornstarch. It’s not a pretty death, but then an ant bite isn’t a pretty sight, either.
If the ants are getting into your house, you need to be especially dutiful in tracking them to the source. You may need to seal the area where they are getting into the house with caulk or weatherstripping. A good way to seal of ants from getting into the house if you don’t have caulk or weatherstripping is by using good old-fashioned duct tape. Just remember that duct tape is only a temporary fix.
At the site of the entry point, toss some bay leaves that you have crushed. If you don’t have bay leaves, sprinkle some cinnamon or cayenne pepper. Ants do not like bay leaves, cinnamon or cayenne pepper so this should take care of any plans they have for a secondary attack on their former entry site.