There are more than 10,000 species of ants in the world, and there are three types of jobs in an ant colony, the queen, soldiers, and scouts.
- 1 Part Borax to 3 parts sugar, add enough water to make a syrup like consistency. Place the ant bait on a flat or shallow surface, such as a piece of cardboard, a used canning lid or a lid from sour cream container.
- Make a vinegar-based solution using 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water and 10 to 15 drops of peppermint, clove, eucalyptus or melaleuca essential oil. The vapours from the vinegar and essential oils will confuse their senses.
- Peppermint essential oil is a fantastic oil for concealing ant trails and it smells great too. To use this, simply put a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe down areas that you believe ants could possibly get into – or places where you already have ants. Or leave the ant balls at strategical locations to keep them out. Bonus fact – this oil also keeps the spiders away – they hate peppermint!
- Tea Tree essential oil works the same way as the peppermint oil – just put some on a cotton ball and wipe down ant entrances/infested areas.
- Talcum powder applied where the ants are entering the home.
- Water with serrano peppers in it, accessible for the ants to drink.
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