Summer is a time of year that many of us look forward to but it can also have some hassles that go along with it as well. Yes, we love the warmer days, backyard barbecues and vacations but we don’t love the bugs.
Many different types of bugs come out in full force in the summer but sugar ants are the worst. It may seem as if it is not a big deal when they first start crawling around but before you know it, they have invaded your home and they don’t want to leave.
Fortunately, there is a way to take care of sugar ants without having an exterminator come in and spray chemicals in your home.
Sugar ants are tiny insects and you might not even notice there’s a problem if there are only a few. They are sometimes smaller than a pinhead and you might mistake them for crumbs on the floor or counter.
Before you know it, however, sugar ants will let the rest of the colony know about a new food source and they will invade your home in full force.
Sugar ants have a sweet tooth but it is also their Achilles’ heel. All you need is simple syrup or powdered sugar to bait these ants and from there, you can wipe out the population.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of sugar ants is to use a combination of Borax and sugar. Many people are familiar with Borax because it is used in many laundry detergents but it can be used in other areas of the home as well.
Borax is relatively safe for humans but poisonous to ants.
To make this solution, you will need some borax crystals and sugar.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Borax with half a cup of sugar until it is blended fully. Add 1 1/2 cups warm water and continue stirring until the mixture dissolves.
You can either use it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for later use.
You can pour the solution into a decorative ant trap or an uncovered dish or bottlecap. Another way to use it is to soak cotton balls in the mixture.
Once the ants find the solution and begin eating it, the rest of the colony will show up as well.
Look for areas where the ants are regularly moving and use the solution in that location.
It may take a little cleanup when all is said and done, but the fact that the ants are gone will be a welcome change in your household.
Via: Little Things
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