Getting rid of ants in your household and yard boils down to targeting their colonies. If you want to get rid of these insects permanently, it is advised to find their homes and clean it up for good. It is usually easy to spot where these ants live, particularly in colonies and ant hills, because these are usually enormous.
The ant hill begins once the ant queen is done mating. In the process of finding a new home for the newly born ants, she digs and digs down the soil to create a safe, subterranean chamber where she can lay the eggs and live the rest of her life out.
As the young ants grow over time, they too expand the ant hill by creating more tunnels that connects into a series of pathways, chambers, and exits. This can be a factor which makes it difficult for a homeowner to destroy it and steer away ants from their house.
However, your ant problem is still manageable. Here are some methods you can follow to get rid of ant colonies in your backyard:
Pour boiling water
Simple and efficient, this method can be done by any homeowner who is experiencing ant problems at home. Your kitchen kettle can turn into a handy tool in helping you pour scalding hot water over ant hills, which destroys them at once.
Pour it atop the bothersome ant hill as the boiling water will find its way through the network of chambers and tunnels. Not only does this method flood the place, but the water’s heat will also kill any ants that come across its path. The high temperature may also likely help destroy the hill’s infrastructure itself, which makes your ant problems easier to deal with.
Use boric acid
Using chemicals such as Boric acid can also help in your pest control problems. It is a proven and trusted pest-killing favorite which is famous in many households across the globe. Boric acid can be bought in powder form, mix it in with a little water so you can make a homemade boric cocktail to pour atop the ant hills and colonies.
The poison from the chemical can flood the entire place out as long as you make sure to have each areas of the hill covered. This may be a tricky part though, considering the numerous strings of networks each tunnel has. The good news is, ants will still die upon contact with the boric acid cocktail.
Apply the liquid mixture around the area of the ant hill itself generously. Make it enough to cover all your bases to ensure maximum results.
If you want a method that doesn’t require pouring any liquid atop the ant hill itself, simply grab a few gardening tools to destroy the home of these persistent ants. For instance, get a rake to begin disturbing the topmost layer of the hill and switch it for a shovel to dig down deeper. The goal of this method is to uproot the existing ant colony in your yard as a whole. Turf these pervasive squatters out!
Doing so also allows you to determine how deep these hills can truly go. Ideally, you must keep on digging further through chambers and populations of ants until you can identify the queen and her main chamber. If you do, it’s time to destroy it all.
Flatten the hills out
This is another ant control method which does not require you to use any chemicals or spend money on commercial pesticides. With patience and dedication, you can oust your unwanted neighbors with the use of a humble garden rake.
If the ant hill in your yard is quite a solid structure, you can address the problem by raking the structure over and flattening the ground out. Ensure that the hive’s main entryway is destroyed in the process. This will send the message to returning ants that the place is no longer safe for entry.
If you want to make this method more effective though, sprinkle some pesticides over the area after raking or flattening the ant hills out.
It is important to address your persistent ant problem as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home. If the problem grows beyond your control, seek the assistance of a professional pest control company which has more advanced pest control methods to get rid of these pests. Reach out to our pest control specialists today to get your house assessed!