4 Home Remedy Recipes For Ant Control

Ant_PileDealing with unwanted pests is one of the biggest challenges you may face as a homeowner. The challenge is even more daunting if you’re trying to deal with ants inside your home and around your yard. They can be tough to get rid of!

If you are seeing ants of any kind, including little black ants, piss ants, fire ants, pavement ants, or pharaoh ants; try these easy do-it-yourself home ant control remedies:

1. Ant Dust Repellent

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Dried Mint Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Rock Dust (From Nursery)
  • 1 Cup Garlic Powder
  • 1 Package Dry Enchilada Sauce Mix
  • 1 Cup Organic Alfalfa Meal
  • 1/2 Cup Cayenne Pepper

Directions 

Mix all seven ingredients together in large paper bag. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you are seeing ants on your property. This mixture will not exterminate the ants, but instead will create a protective barrier that will keep the ants away. Be careful to not get the mixture in your eyes.

2. Homemade Ant Bait

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Honey
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Boric Acid.

Directions

Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of ant bait near foraging ants. They will not only eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days.

Cat_Food3. Ant Bait 

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup Grape Jelly
  • 1 Small Can Wet Cat Food
  • 1 Teaspoon Boric Acid

Directions

Mix all three ingredients together. Place small spoonfuls of ant bait near foraging ants. They will not only eat the deadly poison, but will also bring some back for the Queen ant to munch on. If baited successfully, the ants in the nest should be exterminated within a couple days.

4. Simple Ant Spray

Bouquet_Of_AntsIngredients

  • 2 Liters Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Soap Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon natural castile soap (citrus oil and vegetable oils)

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large spray bottle. Shake. Spray ants and outdoor areas that have been affected by the ants.

Ant Control

If you a being plagued by troublesome ants, try these homemade ant control recipes. If they don’t work, or for more serious ant infestations, it’s time to enlist the services of a qualified ant control professional.

Rasberry Ants Spreading

Ants on raspberries

The Crazy Rasberry ant (not raspberry), also called the Tawny Crazy ant has increasingly become a harmful pest to many homeowners. Rasberry ants can be both destructive, and dangerous. Here’s what you need to know:

Rasberry Ants Spreading

Rasberry ants were first found in Houston, TX by exterminator Tom Rasberry; in which the ant was named. Since their discovery in 2002, the Rasberry ant has spread to throughout much of the Southwest; including 24 different counties in the state of Texas.

The largest Rasberry ant infestations have been found in southeast Harris County, including Houston, La Porte, San Jacinto Port, Pasadena, Deer Park, Seabrook, Friendswood, and Pearland.

Rasberry ants continue to spread at a rate of about five miles per year. Often times they are unknowingly transported by vehicles, animals, and other people. Preferring the hot, humid weather, they can now be found in Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

Identifying Rasberry Ants

Rasberry ants are about 1/8 of an inch long, and reddish-brown in color. They are a slender looking ant with long antennae, long abdomens, and long legs. Rasberry ants are also described as being “hairy,” because they are covered with reddish-brown fuzz. They do not look glossy, like other ants, because of these body hairs.

Crazy Rasberry ants are from the Crazy ant group Paratrechina. These ants are well known for their rapid, erratic, non-linear movements. It’s almost humorous watching these ants move across the pavement. They look lost and confused. One thing that is not humorous about these ants is the destruction and danger they can cause.

Rasberry Ants Are Destructive & Dangerous

Rasberry ants are very destructive by nature. They are naturally attracted to electrical currents, causing them to fail by clogging up the switching mechanisms. These ants are frequently known to short out air conditioning units and even stop lights. There have been reports of Rasberry ants causing several thousand dollars in damage to homeowners and businesses.

Danger_Live_AntsOn top of being rather destructive, Rasberry ants are also dangerous. When a Crazy Rasberry ant is killed, a pheromone is released from its abdomen that signals other ants to respond. The other Rasberry ants respond all right, in huge numbers; attacking the threat. Just know that if you attempt to kill a few thousand Rasberry ants, millions more will show up to their funeral.

Rasberry Ant Control

Many areas in the Southwest US have some pockets of Rasberry ant infestations. These infestations make it uncomfortable for residents to enjoy time in their yards. Very aggravating!

Unfortunately, there are no effective over-the-counter products that consumers can buy to successfully treat Rasberry ants. The good news is that an ant control professional can help you with any ant problem, including Rasberry ants. Get help today!

3 Wild Movies About Killer Ants

Ants are bad enough to have to deal with when they’re normal sized; blow them up to giants and they’re downright horrifying. Ants have long been the subject for giant insect horror flicks, possibly because they’re already creepy and crawly in their own right. Ants are hard to kill and they just seem to keep coming back in droves. Below are some giant insect B-flicks that are a must-see, featuring your all-time creepy, crawly nemesis: The Ant.

1. THEM! (1954)

Cover of "Them! (Snap Case)"

This is the movie that started it all – THEM! This giant ant flick takes place in the New Mexico desert, where we learn that earlier atomic testing caused the ants in the area to mutate into ginormous, killer ants. The characters in this film must stop the ants in the desert – but they soon learn that two queen ants have flown to Los Angeles and are setting up a colony right under the city! When two children go missing, the protagonists instill the help of the U.S. Army to help them destroy the colony – but will they reach the children in time? Hokey special effects, character acting and dialogue that is typical to the film’s time period create an enduring experience. You can’t beat the experience of children being kidnapped by giant ants. THEM! Is a must-see for anyone who enjoys giant mutant bug flicks.

2. Empire of the Ants (1977)

Empire of the Ants (film)

In this sci-fi horror flick starring Joan Collins and Robert Lansing, Collins plays a sleazy scam artist attempting to sell phony real estate deals in the Florida everglades. What she – and the schmucks who fall for her scam – don’t realize is that the area has been taken over… by giant ants! This campy flick features poor special effects, schlocky characters, and ridiculous dialogue. Be prepared for a laugh when you watch Empire of the Ants!

3. Glass Trap (2005)

Cover of "Glass Trap"

Starring former ’80s child heartthrob C. Thomas Howell, Glass Trap tells the story of an army of radioactive ants that get unwittingly carted into a skyscraper. A group of people, led by C. Thomas Howell, must find a way to escape the horror of being trapped in a skyscraper with giant mutant ants, lest they be eaten one by one. The ants in this flick are so horribly fake looking that it’s pretty much impossible to get scared, even when they are devouring the characters.

Ants are creepy enough as it is without imagining them at a mutant size. While these ants flicks are hokey – as most giant mutant bug movies are – they also have a charm to them that makes them enduring. If you’re feeling like a laugh along with your evening thrill, definitely check out these ant flicks – you’ll find it interesting how the killer mutant ant transforms over time… or you’ll be surprised to see how little they’ve changed.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company. He used to enjoy horror flicks, including cheesy B films, when he was young but no longer has a stomach for them.

Western Ant Invaders

Of the 2500 different ant species about 250 will reside in the Western U.S. Among the large variety of ants to be found in the Western United States, there are three species of ants that commonly invade, causing homeowners major headaches. These ants include the Odorous House Ant, the Carpenter Ant and the Pharaoh Ant.

Here’s what you need to know about these three common ants: 

What does an Odorous House Ant look like and what do they eat? 

The Odorous House Ant will be a dark brown or a shiny black color, and will be 1/16 to 1/8 –inch long. The Odorous House Ant will eat just about kind of sweet tasting foods like, fruits, grains, natural sugars, and milk.

What does the Odorous House Ant do? 

When the Odorous House Ant is crushed it will leave a very strong odor behind. Inside a Odorous Ant colony there can be found about 10,000 work ants. During the day they will be found in long trails looking for food. These trails can be found inside the home crawling over and under many different surfaces. Indoors they will build their nests in wall voids, under insulation, in crawl spaces, and within cavities in wood. Outdoors the Odorous House Ant will make a shallow soil nests under any material on the ground, and within hollow trees.

Upclose_Carpeter_AntWhat does the Carpenter Ant look like and what do they eat? 

The Carpenter ant can be a variety of colors, but most are tan to black color. Some can be reddish or orange. Carpenter ants are usually ¼ inch to ½ inch long with the queen being about ¾ of an inch long.  Carpenter ants will eat a range of different foods like plant juices, honeydew produced by aphids, and other insects.

What does the Carpenter Ant do with its time during the day? 

The colony of a Carpenter ant can house up to 100,000 workers.  Carpenter ants can be found within buried or partially buried moist wood such as dead trees, rotting logs, and stumps. Carpenter ants found by the home will be around the porch, pool decks, and any other structures that are made of wood and touch the soil.  During the day they will keep in contact with other Carpenter ants, and will be looking for food. 

What does the Pharaoh Ant look like and what do they eat? 

The Pharaoh ant is a very tiny ant; it will only be about 1/16 of an inch long.  Their body is a light reddish orange color, with black on the abdomen. Pharaoh ants will eat a variety of sweet food like honey, shortening, peanut butter, corn syrup, and fruit juices.

English: Compared size of a pharaoh ant

What does the Pharaoh Ant do? 

The Pharaoh ant, though very tiny, is a very big problem.  Once the colony is in the structure of the home they can grow in number to the hundreds of thousands. Worker Pharaoh Ants will forage for food much further than any ant. They will travel hundreds of feet from the colony and find their way back using trails, recognized by pheromones left behind by other Pharaoh ants.

How to get rid of these ants? 

Most ants can be killed using baits. The ant will take the bait back to the colony and kill the whole colony. Place the bait in an area where the ants are leaving a trail. With a major ant problem, it would be best to call a professional. A professional will be able to see the whole problem, and have more than baits to take care of your problem.

Texas Ants

Kissing_AntsTexas is home to a variety of many different ant species. The main reason why there are so many ants in Texas is the weather. The weather in Texas never really drops down past a freezing temperature for a long period of time. This will allow the ants to live out of their colony or nest year round, and infest yards and homes.

What ants live in Texas? 

Some of the ants that live in Texas include: Carpenter ants, Crazy ants, Fire ants, Ghost ants, Little Black ants, Pharaoh ants, and Thief ants. All of theses ants have different habitats, but can pose a huge problem on you and your family if they infest your home.

Where do these ants live? 

Most ants will live on the outside of your home, but some will be found inside your home as well. On the outside of your home, ants will be found around concrete slabs, under rocks, walking stones, and piles of wood. On the inside of your home, ants can be found in almost every room. The way ants can do this is by living inside the walls of the home. The walls will provide protection for the ants year round. If the ants are in the walls of your home it will only get worse if they are not exterminated.

camponotus japonicusWho does Ant Control in Texas? 

There are many companies that will take care of ants in Texas, but Bulwark Exterminating technicians are specialized in ant control. They have been taking care of ants in homes for 20 years. Bulwark Exterminating will come check your whole property for ants. They will then place baits down and treat around the whole home. On the inside they will also bait, and place a product in to the walls that will ensure an ant free home.

6 Ways To Kill Black Ants

Black ant infestations are very common both outside and inside a home. Black ants can populate any area, and eat just about anything. Killing black ants can be done very easily, if you can find the colony; and the trail they are walking in. Here are a few ways that will help you be black ant free:

1) Baits

Baits are very easy to use and very effective. Simply buy some ant baits at your local hardware store, and place them around the Black ant colony. The baits will attract the Black ants to the bait station. When the ants take the bait back to the colony it will kill the whole colony. Make sure to place the baits out of reach of pets and children.

2) Spray 

Black ants will die very fast with a spray. There are many different types of spray you can buy. One is concentrated; were you take it and mix it yourself. Just add water. The other is in an aerosol can. Read the label and make sure the spray has Black ants under what it will kill. To use the spray, find where the ants are coming from. Spray the colony down with the pesticide. Spray around the whole area; the cracks, crevices, around the footing of the home, under sinks, and bathroom areas.

3) Black Ant Poison 

Black ant poison will come in a small tube. It will be a gel or powder form. You can place the poison in cracks and voids. This will kill the Black ants on contact, as they try to enter your home.

cornstarch4) Cornstarch 

Sprinkle some cornstarch around your home and property. Black ants love to eat the stuff, and will suffocate after ingesting it. After this, all you have to do is vacuum the ants up, and throw the bag away.

5) Water 

If you have plants that are potted and infested with Black ants, take the plants outside and flood the whole plant. This will push the ants out and also drown the Black ants. If you have a colony outside, you can do the same thing. Place the hose in the colony hole and let it fell up with water. It will drown the Black ants. 

 6) Ant Exterminator 

The most effective way to kill Black ants is to call a pro. An ant exterminator will have all the right training, baits and sprays to kill all of the Black ants that are infesting your property and home.

Wood Destroying Ants: What You Need to Know

carpenter antA carpenter ant infestation can come out of nowhere, and unlike regular ants, they often cause significant damage to your home’s structure. Carpenter ants do not eat wood. However, they do like to nest in it. Damage occurs as they build their nest or add to their colony. If you are concerned about these little pests, the following tips will help you ward off an infestation.

Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter ants and termites can both have wings. They look a lot alike, so it is often hard to determine what type of pest you are dealing with. Examine the body to figure out what you have. Carpenter ants are darker, with shorter wings, and are much more likely to be seen during the daytime. They also have a narrow waist, unlike termites.

Getting Rid of Carpenter Ants

Clean well. Carpenter ants are looking for a food source; if they can’t find one, they may simply move on. Soap and hot water is the best method for cleaning messes. Take out the trash regularly and always put food away so it is not left sitting out.

Carpenter antsFigure out what type of food the ants like so you can set traps for them. Leave out both protein and sugar and see what the carpenter ants prefer. Your traps will be more effective as a result.

Look for the nest. Many people assume that the nest will be outside, but that is not always the case. Therefore, it is important to search both inside and out to find the colony’s base. Also, keep in mind that carpenter ants like to wander. This behavior is different from regular ants, which often follow a straight line as they walk back and forth from the nest. Therefore, you may not be able to simply follow their path to figure out where the nest is located.

Instead, search around windowsills and baseboards. Look for little holes where the ants may be getting in and out. If your search is focused on the outside, remember that carpenter ants nest in wood. Therefore, look for logs or trees that may be housing the little creatures. If you have trouble, try baiting the ants. Doing so may help you find the nest, and it is also a good way to get rid of the ants. However, remember that baiting may not work forever. Ants are smart, and they may start avoiding a particular bait once they realize that it is hurting the colony. Still, if you are able to locate the nest, you can then use other methods to destroy it.

The process of finding the nest may be frustrating, but remember that it is necessary for best results. If the ants are attacked at the nest, you are much more likely to get rid of them for good.

Carpenter ants are a problem that most homeowners would rather avoid. However, if you are suffering from an infestation, there are things you can do to help the situation. Use the tips above to try and get things under control. You can always call in a licensed pest control company if it becomes necessary.

Fire Ant Exterminator

fire ants

Fire ants have been taking over ever since they arrived in America. Fire ants have been able to boom in the states, because queen Fire ants can generate millions of Fire ant workers during her life span.

What Does The Fire Ant Look Like & What Does It Eat? 

Fire Ant

The Fire ant is a red color, and will have hairs coming off its body. They will vary in sizes; for 1.6mm to 5mm. The Fire ant will eat anything that gets in its way. It will eat other insects, small mammals, earthworms, frogs, and even lizards. When the Fire ant bites, it will also sting the prey and place some venom inside the prey. The venom will paralyze the pray.

What Does The Fire Ant Do? 

The Fire ant will create huge mounds, growing to be 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

fire ant mound

In the ground, the mound of the Fire ant will have hundreds of tunnels leading through the colony, sometimes reaching 8 feet in depth. The colony of a Fire ant can house 250,000 workers. The queen Fire ant can average about 1,600 eggs per day. These colonies can be found in wall voids, rain gutters, bath traps, and under carpets, as well as in electrical equipment.

Fire Ant attack

How Can I Take Care Of Fire Ants? 

Danger Ants

The best way to get these Fire ants out of your life, and your home, is to call an exterminator.  Fire ant exterminators will come to your home and examine the problem. The Fire ant exterminator will place baits out, and then the fire ant workers will take the baits back to their colony; killing the members. Bulwark Exterminating are Fire ant specialist, and will come to your home and rid you of the Fire ants. Bulwark Exterminators are all state certified and in-house trained. They will take care of your Fire ant problem.

Round-Up Of Pest Control Articles Of The Week

stuffed tickWarm Spring Weather Brings Ticks back to The Garden State

April showers and May flowers may be especially welcome this spring because of the harsh winter just past. But this is also the time of year when anyone visiting or living in New Jersey should be on the lookout for another, less pleasurable harbinger of the season – the blacklegged, or deer, tick… Read More

Ladybug-Mimicking Spider

The ladybug mimic spider (Paraplectana coccinella) mimics the ladybug in what is called Batesian mimicry. This means mimicking a toxic animal without actually being toxic yourself. So you get the protection, but don’t actually need to worry about producing the toxins… Read More

Gopher Control Season in Full Swing in San Diego

Heavy gopher activity in San Diego County shows a sign that gopher season is in full swing in Southern California. With large open areas and uninhabited areas, San Diego is prime real estate for gophers and other rodents looking to set up residence… Read More

Four Facts about the House Fly

For a few facts about house flies, and a few tips on keeping them away, click here.

Mesa Ants

Mesa, AZ is commonly has two different ants; Pavement ants and Argentine ants. Learn more about these pesky ants… Read More

Pest Of The Week: The Kudzu Bug

Soybean Research

Measuring 1/6th of an inch to ¼ of an inch, and a very distinct olive green in color with brown spots, the Kudzu bug is quite the pest control problem. As the soybean farmer’s number one most wanted pest species, kudzu bugs flock to fields of soybean every summer, and feast away. This causes significant damage to the plants, and cost farmers millions of dollars each year as they destroy a significant portion of crop.

When they are not busy feeding on the beans and legumes in the field, they have been known to infest the homes of residents in the Southern States. Every fall, kudzu bugs clumsily take to the air. They move in on your home and property, entering through the cracks and crevices’ spilling through holes in screens and gaps in your windows and doors. These bugs are attracted to light colored surfaces and objects, so your homes, vehicles, and even you can be a target.

Traditional pest management methods do little to keep these pest invaders away, as preventive measures are your best bet. A shop-vac filled with a solution of vinegar and water is very effective at sucking up these pests. Do avoid smashing them as they can stain and will definitely leave an unpleasant sting; much like a relative of theirs, the stinkbug.

What You Need To Know About Argentine Ants

Argentine AntsWhat are Argentine ants? 

The Argentine ant is very small ant, only growing to be about 1/8 of an inch. They can, however, grow to be a huge problem if they infest your home.

What does the Argentine ant look like?

The Argentine ant will range in color from a dull gray-black, to a gray-brown color. They will have three different body segments call nodes; and will have six long skinny legs that come off the nodes. On the head there will be two long antennae.

What will the Argentine ant eat? 

The Argentine ant’s main food source is honeydew made from different bugs. They also like to eat foods high in protein, but love to eat sugar. Argentine ants will eat left out candy, fruit, cereal, eggs, juices, tuna, and anything else it can get a hold of.

Where do Argentine ants live and how big can the colony grow? 

These ants can be found in shallow nests under and around trees, walls, concert slabs, rocks, and piles of wood. Argentine ant colonies can have tens of thousands of worker ants, and any number queens. Most colonies can infest your home very quickly, because colonies will combine and double in size.

Linepithema humilis, Argentine ant

What will Argentine ants do? 

Argentine ants are always working on their colony. They do this by working on the nest, and by looking for food to service. A lot of time people will see the Argentine ants inside the home as the ants are looking for food.

Are Argentine ants a problem?

Since these ants are always building, they can become a huge problem at your home. They will start on the outside of the home and work there way inside. If these ants are not exterminated they will infest and cause a much worse problem.

If you are having problems with Argentine ants, get professional ant control!