Getting Rid of Ants with Organic Pest Control

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How to Kill Ants in Your House – A Safer Way

Even the cleanest of homes can be invaded by ants. They enter the house through seemingly invisible entry points and find their way to your spotless kitchen, bathroom and even your bedroom. If you have treated one room for pests, chances are they will seek out other rooms in search of food.

Traditional chemical pesticides can be effective in killing ants, but they are not always safe to use, particularly in the kitchen. They are not safe to use around pets and children. Although all pesticides, (including the organic ones) should be kept away from pets and children, chemical pesticides are far more harmful than the organic ones.  Source: Beyond Pesticides  

There are effective organic alternatives to traditional ant control methods and I have personally tested out those mentioned here, but first it's good to know something about the enemy. 

An Army of Ants

There are over 22,000 species of ants that have been discovered all over the world. Ants are considered to be social insects that are highly organized. They live in colonies. Unless you live in Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, or in remote parts of the Hawaiian Islands, ants are your neighbors. Clever little creatures, ants have adapted to most every ecosystem on Earth.

Ant colonies consist of a Queen (usually just one, who eats, mates and lays eggs); some fertile males called “Drones” and an army of sterile females, called “Soldiers” or “Workers Ants” who gather food and protect the colony. Australian Meat-Eater ants  have an age-related hierarchy where they take on different roles at different ages, but the roles are the same as in other colonies.

The Worker/Soldier ants are the ones that make their way into your home in search of food and water. You can thwart the invasion of just about every species of ant organically by first following these standard rules:

  • Eliminate standing water. Ants, as well as mosquitoes and termites, are attracted to moisture.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Ants are smart and they use these branches to get into your home.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Oftentimes pests crawl into your home through the tiniest spaces.
  • Do you store firewood and building materials next to your house? Pests love to build nests in stacks of wood so if you do, the ants will surely find it.
  • Use a spackling paste to plug up cracks and holes inside your home. If you already have ants, you know where to find them.



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    • Correy Smith on May 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm
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    Having done a building and pest inspection on my home is something that I do every month. Just last month though, I had a surprise of finding a some termites chewing away the flooring that I recently installed on my shed. Fortunately for me, the damaged done on the flooring was a minor damage and something that could be fixed easily.

  1. I’ve had ants in my bathroom for months now, and I can’t figure out how they’re getting inside. They’re so small, there could be tiny gaps in my molding I can’t even see. I think I’m going to look at pest control options as well as try and patch any potential routes inside.

    • James Duke on February 19, 2015 at 6:23 pm
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    During the summer I had to deal with ants in my house everyday. Even after cleaning my house spotless I would find at least one ant crawling into my kitchen. I would do anything so I wouldn’t have to deal with that this year. What are some precautions that I can take to avoid them?

    1. Find every small hole in every wall and baseboard and fill it with spackle.

    • James Lisbon on January 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm
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    I did not know that there were over 22,000 species of ants in the world. It seems like there are a lot more insects than people which may be a problem depending on the situation. I had a neighbor who worked in pest control for a number of years. I think he may have had certain tips for dealing with pests. I might have to contact him to see what he can tell me.

    • Andrea Hypno on March 31, 2013 at 5:12 am
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    Hi Hillary, I’ve had a glitch due to an upgrade but the guys at Livefyre solved it immediately so everything should be fine now.

    Cheers! 🙂

    • on March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am
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    Hello Andrea! Thanks for the visit and a very happy Easter to you too!

    Yes, I have been reading your wonderful articles but was unable to leave a Livefyre comment! I’ve decided to close out my account. I must see if I can now comment on you site as a guest.


    • Andrea Hypno on March 30, 2013 at 2:22 am
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    Ants can be a pain, but they are also extremely interesting insects pretty intelligent. I’ve alwasy been amazed by those ants who cultivate mushrooms to eat feeding them with chopped leaves. And their overall organization similar to that of the Anciant Roman Army.

    I saw you are not using anymore Livefyre, did you have problems with it?

    Happy Easter Hillary!

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