Updated: Nov 17
Ants, ants, ants. You will not lie! We have an ant problem. It is always at its worst when the weather turns from cold to hot or hot to cold. I hate it and I got over it!
Ants love children (no, I'm not talking about their aunts). Or I guess I should say ants love all the food that kids like to put in the house. Whether it's the little crumbs of some golden crackers or the fallen bits of a granola bar, your kids serve up a buffet for ants. Ants may be trying to sneak into your house to get to all your leftovers while reading this! So what do you do if ants have already made the home inside your house?
First of all, clean up all those crumbs that attracts ants. Sure, you can't follow your little one every minute with the vacuum cleaner, but at least get the food that is already there now. The next step is to eliminate the small invaders. People often get those little ant traps, which work well, but seem to grab a few hands and you don't want your kids messing with the pesticides and chemicals inside. So what other options do you have? What natural options do you have that you don't have to worry about kids getting in?
Here are 5 ways how to kill ants inside a daycare.
1. White vinegar solution
Making insect repellent spray from white vinegar is quick and easy. Simply combine equal parts water and vinegar in a bottle, shake it and apply it directly to the ant trail. These insects send pheromones along their path to direct other worker ants to food. When sprayed on their path, the pungent smell of vinegar can mask pheromones so that other ants cannot crawl into other parts of the house.
2. Soda bread
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is known as a natural insecticide for the ants. Its chemical composition contains a mineral acid that can mix with their digestive system and dehydrate their bodies until they die. To create an ant trap using baking soda, mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar in a small bowl. They should be placed in the area near the ant trails so that they can pick up the bait and transport it to their colony.
3. Gulf Vacations
Bay leaf is a natural pest repellent plant. They can help prevent ant infestations in the kitchen and pantry where foods are stored. When you place fresh or dried bay leaves inside cupboards or near cereal and cereal bowls, ants will naturally avoid them because they do not like the strong taste of bay leaves.
4. Essential oils
Limonene is a chemical found in most citrus essential oils such as orange oil and lemon eucalyptus oil. This substance can effectively kill ants by melting their exoskeletons to dryness and leaving them without proteins, leading to their death.
Other types of essential oils that can repel and eliminate ants are peppermint, tea tree oil, and cinnamon leaf oil (an alternative to this is cinnamon powder that can be applied directly to their colonies). These oils can be applied to cabinets and countertops with a cotton ball or a spray bottle.
5. Dish soap and water solution
Dish soap products can also be used to create a spray solution for ant care. It requires making a mixture of soap and water and putting it in a spray bottle. It should be sprayed directly on their tracks or colony (if visible), and it works by smothering the ants until it is killed.
6. Erased Land (DE)
Diatomaceous earth is a powdered treatment made up of diatoms which are a fossilized type of algae. This treatment usually requires sprinkling the powder along their usual paths. As the ants crawl over the powder, it sticks to their bodies and begins absorbing oils and proteins from the ants' exoskeleton, slowly drying them out until they die. It is generally safe for both children and pets as long as it is applied carefully.
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