How To Get Rid of Small Ants

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A simple and inexpensive way to control the tiny intruders...

It happens to everybody at some point: You are in your house, minding your own business, when you see a small ant walking along as though it owns the place. Then you look closer at the general area, and you see more little ants. All of a sudden, you have an ant problem.

The first thing to do is determine where they are coming from. Take a walk around the outside of the house, looking closely at where the foundation meets the ground. You will likely find an active trail of ants going in and out of the house.

Your first instinct would be to spray the trail with insecticide and be done with it, however that will not permanently solve the problem. The best solution is to entice them into carrying something that is toxic to them back to their nest.

Borax is a common and inexpensive substance that will sicken the ants and destroy the colony. If you do a search online, you'll find many ways to deploy borax against the ants, however this author has had success with the following method:

Supplies:

  • A few bathroom-sized plastic cups
  • Borax powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Hot tap water

For each cup, put about 2 spoonfuls of sugar and a little under a spoonful of borax. Fill the cup about two thirds with hot water from the tap. Gently stir the mixture for about a minute to dissolve everything - take it slowly as the liquid will easily slosh out of the little cup.

Carry the cup(s) of sugary borax-water you've prepared outside to where you found the ant trail. Set the cup on the ground and lean it up against the foundation so that it's resting at an angle against the house. Let a little of the liquid spill onto the foundation to advertise its presence.

That's it. The ants will discover the yummy treat, notify their peers, and they will then dutifully transport it back to the nest. The ant problem should then abate within a few days.



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