Ecofriendly Fall Pest Control Tips: Ants

Ants Ants range in size from about 1/32 to 3/4 inch long. There are at least 12,000 species of ants found throughout the world. s a group, ants are important natural predators of many insect pests, including flea and fly larvae, caterpillars and termites. However, there are times when it may be necessary to get rid of ants, especially when they enter our homes in search of food. New ant colonies are established by a single fertilized queen that lays hundreds of eggs. Ants have pincer-like jaws and can bite, although most do not. A few species are very aggressive and will inflict a painful sting. Heres how to get rid of ants naturally. Ants require food and water to survive. By eliminating these basic necessities you can greatly reduce their numbers. Store food and organic waste in sealed containers. Clean up all kitchen surfaces, and empty trash daily. Boric acid, diatomaceous earth and Orange Guard are all terrific least-toxic alternatives to conventional ant poisons. The best way to keep ants from coming indoors is to locate the mound and destroy the colony. While this is not always an easy task, sometimes a chunk of jelly placed where ants are found will help. As the workers are attracted to the food source, pay close attention as they carry it back to their nest. Botanical insecticides applied as a soil drench will destroy existing mounds. Carpenter Ants Carpenter Ants cause damage in the house by tunneling and nesting inside wood structures. However, unlike termites, they do not feed on wood, but burrow into it to build their nests. They prefer damp wood that is easy for them to chew and remove. Carpenter ants are often found inside during spring. Their presence only is not sufficient evidence to conclude that there is a nest inside your home. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit