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  • What are the home remedies for black ants?

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    I am annoyed with the black ants roaming in and out of my home and in area around it. How do I get rid of it? What are the home remedies which surely remove the ants and solve the problem related to it? Is there any home stuff or chemical that is needed to solve such problem?
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  • Black ants would like to remain in the kitchen since they get ordour of sweet smell attracting them towards that area. There are certain home remedies with which we can tackle the menace. You may try the following points-
    1) The Black - ants can be killed successfully by mixing one fourth of Borax - powder and rest being powdered sugar. Sprinkle this mixture after mixing it thoroughly in the areas where there is concentration of Blak - ants. You may get rid of the Black - ants within a very short interval.
    2) Identify the areas having holes in the kitchen and other areas and this holes are to be plugged.
    3) Black - ants have the affinity for protienous food and as such add slight amount of Borax thoroughly in the Peanut -butter around 2 GM in the 10 GM of Peanut butter and sprinkle the same in the affected area. You will get rid of their presence very shortly. If required repeat the same operation after a week.
    4) Apple - cider Vinegar can also help you mix it in some sweet items and due to the smell of sweets, they would approach the area and consume the mixture and this would kill them successfully.
    You can identify the areas where they are lying and for this, pour a cotton ball in a glass - bowl containing water and foam and pour the same in the vicinity they are lying. You can notice their movement areas due to presence of soap bubble.

  • Ants are the source of irritation and continuous assault in our kitchen especially food items etc. They will attack everywhere in the house and hide behind the wooden furniture or wall crevices. Different types of ants have different characteristic activities but in general they disturb the household activities and create frustration in us while dealing with them.

    There are strong pesticides available in the market to kill and eradicate them but these pesticides are also harmful to human beings and that is the reason why people avoid them nowadays to address this problem.

    There are some household remedies available and people use them to repel the attack of ants in the house. Some of these items are -

    1. White Vinegar - The ants are sensitive to the smell of this and using it in the household helps in getting rid of the ants. Before using it it is advisable to dilute it with water in 1 : 1 proportion. This solution is to be kept in a spray bottle. Now spray this liquid at the entry points as well as all the holes and cracks from where they appear and disappear and reappear. In addition it is to be sprayed in the junctions of wooden or ply boards with the walls and floor because that is the place from where they will escape to the deeper parts in the walls etc. This treatment is to be repeated daily. Initially a lot of ants will be killed and that is to mopped by a wet cloth.
    In fact, one can use this solution while routine mopping of the window sills and door areas to restrict the entry of the ants in the house.

    2. Cinnamon - Cinnamon has a particular smell that discourages ants from entering the house. It is effective not only in repelling action but also works as an insecticide. For this purpose cinnamon oil is to be used. Take half cup of water and add half tea spoon of cinnamon oil in it. With the help of a cotton piece or cotton ball this liquid is to be spread in ant affected areas by wiping those places from entry points to corners of the house. All the affected parts i itches are also to be wiped with this solution. This procedure is to be repeated for quite some time till the ants leave the house completely.

    3. Peppermint - Peppermint oil is used to repel the ants as it has a strong repelling smell for them. The strong smell makes the ants directionless and they lose their ability to search food etc. They also lose trail which is the main thing for their scouting activity and survival. Take 1 cup of water and add about 10 drops of peppermint oil in it. This solute is to be sprayed in all the areas which are infested with ants. This treatment is to be done twice a day for some considerable time to get rid of ants.

    4. Borax - Borax is mainly to kill the ants rather to repel them. But this also helps in getting rid of them as after a few days they avoid coming to the place where borax is kept in some form. It is generally used along with some food items to attract the ants. It can be mixed with food jelly or sugar in equal proportion and then can be put near the ants infested areas. Ants will take it as food item and will be killed enlarge quantities. As borax is a toxic material one should be careful that it should not be accessible to the pets or children.

    5. Lemon - This is a very simple remedy but effective in getting rid of the ants. Lemon juice is to be applied to the affected areas with the help of cotton balls and care should be taken in not mopping those places afterwards as that will remove the juice smell from those places. This is to be used daily for some time till ants leave the place.

    6. Eco Defense Pest Control Spray - Nowadays eco defence pest control sprays are available in the market which are prepared with natural ingredients and not harmful to the human beings. One can buy such sprays and then spray them in the affected areas as per the instructions mentioned therein.

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  • These situations are evident most often during the summer time & are quite irritating because this also lead to attack on the food items like the bread & the sweets. With the reason being that these are relatively quiet smaller to the observation of our eyes the food items can often be seen going through the route to the dust bean.

    I myself have evident of many unwanted things when they are found moving inside the packet of a bread or even over warm milk and then I left with nothing other than to throw these away.

    Although we can't have any permanent solution but in the meantime we need to take care of few of the activities on our end in order to avoid there entrance & letting them create nuisance & so in this process one of the easiest remedy is to keep your house absolutely clean with no eatables being scattered on the surfaces or on the bed. While this can be the most suited with no side effects but we got few more home remedies that can be used to avoid this little creatures.

    1. The use of chalk: In one of the best methods to get rid of ants is to use chalk to anywhere where these are found moving. This contains Calcium Carbonate, which helps in keeping ants away.

    2. We can also wash the floors with water that has a little lemon juice added to it. To observation the ants don't like the smell of lemon juice & therefore this also can be a better option to keep the ants away. The logic behind this is that anything sour and bitter may keep the ants away.

    As an alternative we can also go opt for either oranges or pepper or salt or Cinnamon or Peppermint.

    There are pesticides being sold in the market but these are consisting of chemicals which may consisting of some poisonous substances & due care must be taken while using those more especially in the homes having new born babies or else the same may lead to some unwanted implications.

  • It's very normal in everyone's place. It's very irritating to see the colony of ants developed in your house. Apart from pesticides, there are many natural remedies to get rid of them. Below are a few of them:

    1. Borax kills ants and sugar attracts ants. Make a homemade ant mixture by thoroughly mixing one part of borax with 3 parts powdered sugar.

    Fill tiny containers (such as bottle caps) with this homemade ant mixture and place them as close to the place where you suspect ants are entering your house. If you see trails of ants, place small containers of the mixture directly in their path. This prevents most of them from travelling all around your house if they have easy access to this sugary treat.

    2. Spray vinegar several times a day at the place where you suspect the ants are travelling this will stop them to roam in your house.

    3. Practising good sanitation practices are one of the best ways to make your home less attractive to ants. Keep the things which you suspect that ants may travel clean especially the kitchen. Be sure to store all food – especially sweets – in tightly sealed containers.

    4. Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and place in areas ants are crawling around.

    5. Some ants dislike baby powder. Sprinkle around the perimeter of the house or indoors where ants are entering your house.


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  • Once in a day cleaning the floor with phenol / mob would help to remove not only black ants but other insects around including cockroach etc. This is for home or office or other shelter area remedies.

    As far as the ground or earth area and black ants or other insects, there is a powder available in the shop particularly for this purpose. You can ask them and will assist you to give it. Follow their instruction on how to use it.

  • The ants perform exchanges of messages with the help of antenna on their heads. Apart from this, with the help of pheromones, they show path to other ants. Pheromone is a type of chemical that is emitted by these ants. Through this, they work to deliver special messages to their species.

    Below are some best home remedies:-

    1. Lemon
    The lemon fragrance keeps the ant away. Ants will go away wherever they found lemon peels. Therefore, keep the lemon peels in every corner of your home, the ants will run away from there. Apart from this, lemon juice is acidic and you can use it to remove the ants from home. Squeeze lemon juice and add salt to it. Then place it on the place where the ants appear.

    2. Bay leaf
    The tasty and aromatic teardrop used in casserole and pulses also works to keep the ants away. For this, keep a sharp bay leaf wherever you see these black ants. With this experiment you can see in few days that there are no ants. Using a sharp leaf is also a good way to remove the problem of the ants.

    3. Cinnamon and black pepper
    Another kitchen spice can be used to keep the ants away. Yes, the use of cinnamon can also be used to extract the black ants. Sprinkle its powder on the places where the ants comes in. There will be no ants where cinnamon will be there.

    4. Vinegar
    Mix vinegar and water in equal proportions, spray it on the way to reach the ants, or wipe them along this water. This will clear pheromones, causing the ants to not be able to eat. After that, the ats will not move towards that place for at least one week.

    These are some proven home based remedies for removing the black ants away from your home.

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