If the heat of summer is bringing ants into your home and yard, don’t panic. You may not require toxic pest control products or a professional service to take get rid of these pesky ants.
In fact, chances are good you already have everything you need to do it yourself. Or if you prefer a commercial product that is eco-friendly and really works fast, I’ve got that for you, too.
Soap and water
If you have ants or other bugs around the house, pour a 50/50 mixture of Blue Dawn dish soap and water into an empty spray bottle and keep it handy. When you see the insects, spray them with the mixture. Provided you really saturate those little critters, the soap actually breaks down their exoskeletons, and they die almost immediately. Cheap and easy cleanup, too.
Mop and vacuum
To get rid of sugar ants, start by mopping the floor at least once a day. Mopping and vacuuming helps to remove the ants’ pheromone trails. Cleaning and mopping will also rid your home of the food and crumbs that attract the ants. Make sure you don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink and empty the trash bin regularly.
To deter sugar ants, sprinkle ground black pepper around the home’s entry points to keep the ants from coming inside.
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If you love your morning cup of Joe, it’s a pretty good bet you’re throwing out spent coffee grounds on a regular basis. Take a look at this list and you just might discover more than a few ways you can recycle and reuse old grounds so you can enjoy them over (and over) again!
Not a coffee drinker? These days local coffee shops offer their spent grounds for free. Find one near you, then stop by to pick up a bag or two.
Smoke out mosquitoes
According to the EPA, coffee grounds are a safe and effective way to keep pests away. The smoke from burning used ground coffee is especially effective to send mosquitoes away because they are seriously repelled by the smell, which to humans is quite subtle. Remember this outdoor trick for your new summer barbecue.
Start with completely dry, used coffee grounds. Place the grounds in a bowl or other flat surface lined with foil and light them with a match, the way you would incense. Add a few fresh bay leaves to amplify your repellant. Set the containers(s) upwind to get the scent moving.
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Got creepy bugs and crawling insects like ants, centipedes, cockroaches, silverfish or bedbugs trying to take over your home or garden? Need to know how to get rid of bugs? Don’t call an exterminator quite yet. I’m confident this is a problem you can fix yourself with diatomaceous earth—cheaper and faster!
If you want to treat your home for insects, but you don’t want to poison yourself, your pets or the earth, your very best option is to use food grade Diatomaceous Earth to get rid of centipedes, spiders, ants, silverfish, cockroaches, fleas and all other creepy crawlies.
Non-toxic, highly effective
Diatomaceous Earth (DE), an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. If you could take a look at it through a microscope you’d see that it resembles shards of glass. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (centipedes, ants, cockroaches, bedbugs, and fleas) or placed strategically so that bug crawls into it, the DE cuts into that bug’s exoskeleton, which causes it to dehydrate and die.
Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. They’re a nightmare. Bedbugs can enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items.
Typically bedbugs hide in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night. Fully grown, a bedbug is about the size of Abraham Lincoln’s head on a US penny. Foggers are useless against bedbugs because those ugly critters are so good at hiding in places the fog can’t reach. Bedbugs are even resistant to expensive professional chemical fumigation!
Diatomaceous earth is the only effective option. It is all-natural and safe to use around you and your family. DE acts like shards of glass to puncture insects’ exoskeletons. It then absorbs their internal fluids dehydrating them quickly and effectively. Full instructions for how to treat bedbugs with DE here.
Safe around pets, kids
Here’s the most amazing thing about DE: It kills bugs but doesn’t hurt mammals. You and your pets could eat it without harm. In fact, many people add DE to their daily diet to promote good health.
How to apply
Using a flour sifter, fine mesh strainer, a salt shaker or this Pest Control Bulb Duster, lightly dust the powdery DE in cracks and crevices, along baseboards, windowsills, door frames and beneath and behind appliances, in the garden, yard—anywhere you see those little pests. This is a non-toxic and environmentally safe treatment for bugs and insects, but please wear a face protector because it is fine as talcum powder.
For flea invested carpet, dust the carpet well with the DE and then pound it in with a broom. Leave it to do its job then vacuum the carpet very well after 24 to 36 hours, emptying the bag or dust collector often.
Food-grade DE is readily available at garden centers and hardware stores. You can get a 10-lb. bag of Diatomaceous Earth from Amazon that includes a bulb duster here. Just make certain you are purchasing food-grade diatomaceous earth, not the variety of DE used in swimming pools, which has been chemically altered and will not work as a pesticide. It must be food-grade and Harris is a brand of food-grade DE you can trust.
One last thing: To do its job as the most effective pesticide ever, DE must be dry. If it gets wet, clean it up and then reapply.
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