Elimination of Ants
First we'll look at organic indoor ant traps.
It's not always easy to find the source of the problem, i.e. the ant nest. Following the ant trail back to the nest is difficult especially if you live in a high rise building. Ant traps are effective because ants take the tainted food you leave for them back to the nest. When the queen ingests the poison, she dies and so does the colony.
Follow the Recipes below, but first determine the type of ant that is invading your property.
Different Types of Ants
Most ants are attracted to sugar, but many species of ants, like those tiny black ants, are grease and protein lovers.
Your Local University Extension offices can tell you what type of ant is invading your property and whether they are attracted to sugar, grease/protein or both. University Extension Offices offer answers to many questions about plants, insects, animals and other natural resources in your area.
Organic Ant Control Recipe for Grease and Protein Loving Ants
This Recipe is For Grease and Protein Loving Ants such as Big-headed ants, Little black ants and Pavement ants. It comes from the “Field Guide for the Management of Structure Infesting Ants”.
Mix in a bowl –
* 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) peanut butter
* 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) honey
* 3/4 teaspoon boric acid
– Cut up drinking straws into 3-4″ pieces and stuff them with a prepared mixture of peanut butter, honey and Borax. Buy a box of “20 Mule Team Borax” (a laundry additive) at the supermarket.
Note – The Borax is not a chemical, but it can be toxic to humans and pets if large amounts are ingested, otherwise it is generally considered to be no more toxic than table salt.
– Fill each straw with the bait mixture. I use a wooden skewer stick to fill the straws. Put a small amount of the mixture over the straw opening and wipe the stick across the opening several times. The mixture will slowly seep into the straw. (don't use those skinny straws or it will take forever).
Keep out of reach of children and pets.
For ants that prefer sweets such as Pharaoh ants, Odorous house ants and Small honey ants:
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of boric acid (Borax). Place the mixture into a very small bottle (like a travel size bottle) with the lid off. Like the protein-loving ants, these ants will carry the mixture back to the colony and give it to the queen. She will love it,.. but not for long.
Place the bait traps under the sink, behind the toilet or any place ants invade. You can also place them outside doors and windows. Do not place the traps on counter tops or anywhere that you prepare food. Baits are the most effective way to manage an insect invasion, but allow at least 2 weeks for it to work. It can take longer depending upon the species of ant and the size of the colony invading your home. Do not use any other sprays or insect deterrents during your baiting period. If you kill the ants before they take the bait back to the nest, you'll defeat your purpose.
One advantage to the traps is that you can easily learn which holes, cracks and crevices are entry points for ants. Once the activity stops, seal those cracks with spackle paste.