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Hacks to Rid Your Home of Ants

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Pest control in Newmarket can be a difficult business when ants comes into the picture.

A Little About Ants

Ants enter your home through cracks (even the tiniest ones that you may have a hard time seeing) in search of water and food. Keep in mind that to an ant, grease is a food as well. You may see a few ants and think that is the central problem however, ants can build nests virtually anywhere in your home, even under your foundation! As their colonies can number up to hundreds of thousands of ants each you can see why ant control in Newmarket is important.

When a scout ant enters your home they leave behind a chemical trail for other ants to follow. As the queen ant can live up to 15 years, you’ll want to make sure that the pest control in Newmarket that you use will be something that the ants pick up and take back with them to their colony to ensure your method is effective.

There are a few different hacks to ant control in Newmarket which have seen great success.

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Peppermint Oil and Geranium Oil

In your war of pest control in Newmarket one of the best deterrents is peppermint oil or geranium oil. You can buy these at any health food store and many outlets online.

Simply put a few drops around the places where ants are gaining entrance to your home. The ants are repelled by the oils and won’t cross the line that you make.

Boric Acid with Sugar and Honey or Peanut Butter

Some ants like protein and others like sugar. Mix equal parts of boric acid with sugar and honey or peanut butter and sprinkle this around the edges of your home. Make sure to get it near any cracks. You can also sprinkle a bit near the hill itself.

The boric acid will kill the ants from the inside out, drying them up so they’ll die. They’ll bring back the ‘food’ to their queen and it will kill her as well. Once the queen ant is dead, it’s all easy street from there.

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Red Pepper Flakes and Cinnamon

Another deterrent is a sprinkling red pepper flakes and cinnamon around the edges of your home and under cabinets. The smell will confuse the ants as they won’t want to cross the strong smelling flakes. Another benefit will be that the cinnamon will leave a lovely scent around your house.

Getting Your Home Back

All of these hacks take a few days to completely wipe out the ants but you’ll start seeing results on the first day. The most important thing is to make sure you don’t have alternative sources of food or water for them. With these hacks you will be ant free in no time!

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