Ant Hill In Grass: How To Control Ants In Lawns?
The first thing I want to say is that it’s not just me. There are thousands of people out there who have had similar experiences and have experienced the same things. They all believe they’ve found a solution to their problem, but then they don’t live near an area where ants are abundant or if they do, the area isn’t infested with them like mine is.
So what gives?
I’m going to tell you now, because I want everyone else to understand that it doesn’t matter where you live. You can control ants in your lawn using the same methods I used. And if you’re living in an area where ants aren’t common, then nothing will work for you! If ants are really making your life miserable, then change something about yourself.
Maybe eat less meat? Or maybe go see a therapist? What are some other solutions people have suggested?
Some people suggest that you put up electric fencing around your property. That might work in some cases, but it won’t solve the problem. A fence may keep ants from coming into your house, but they’ll still come out when you leave the yard. Your best bet is to treat your lawn with chemicals, which will kill off any remaining ants and make them disappear completely.
I don’t know where people have been getting the idea that you can just plug up the holes in your home. After buying a new house, I tried that method.
The ants came in from my yard and it was all for nothing. As far as getting a cat to eat them…well I love cats, but they’re not going to stop an entire infestation of ants from entering your home. If you really want a cat in your home, go out and get one. Don’t wait for the ants to bring them in. They’re nasty creatures that have a way of getting inside your home anyway.
Don’t bother with cats and if you do, get one that hunts outside like a Siamese.
I want to go back to the electric fence idea. I’ve read a few stories about people who had success with it.
I’m going to try it again and see what happens. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll be back to write another article on how you’re all full of s**t.
Thanks for listening.
How To Get Rid Of Them
Getting rid of ants is easy, but it’s not as easy as some people like to make it sound. Ants are creatures of habit and no matter where you go you’re going to have to deal with them at some point if you don’t get rid of them completely.
They can survive nearly anywhere.
You need to use two methods to be successful. The first is the barrier method and the second is the poison method.
The poison should only be a small part of your overall plan. If you rely on it too much, the ants will build up an immunity and then you’re in big trouble.
The barrier should always be in place and it involves placing a barrier around your house that the ants aren’t able to cross. This can be done with a special kind of sand, wood ash or even something like gasoline or oil.
The idea is to mix something up that the ants can’t go across or nest in. If you don’t do this, the ants will eventually cross over and invade your house again.
The poison should only be placed outside your barrier, but even then you need to be careful how and where you apply it. The best solution is to get what’s called an ant moat.
These are devices that apply a ring of poison around the foundation of your house. The ants walk across the device and pick up the poison on their way in. It kills them and they can’t return back because of your barrier.
That’s just part of the process though. You’ll have to keep checking your moat to make sure the poison is still in it and hasn’t dried up.
Also, you may need to apply more from time to time. Once the ants are gone, you’ll be able to stop using it altogether.
While you’re at it, you can also try to get an ant trap. These are devices that you place food in and the ants take it back to their nest to feed the queen and other ants.
Once they do, it kills them. These devices can be a big help, but you need to keep an eye on them and make sure none of the other kinds of critters are getting into them.
These are the two basic methods that you can use to get rid of ants. The barrier is always going to be in place as long as you own your home, however the poison will only last as long as it’s effective.
If you stop using it, then the ants will eventually return. That’s why some people get a dog or a cat. The pets will naturally keep the ant population down around the house.
I’ve covered the two most common types of ants, but there are many others. The methods for ridding your home of them are similar though.
If you haven’t done so already, you’re going to need to identify what type you’re dealing with so you can get the right products.
I wish you the best in getting rid of your infestation and I hope after reading this, you’ll see that poisoned bread is not the way to go about it.
Sources & references used in this article:
Managing imported fire ants in urban areas by BM Drees – Texas FARMER Collection, 2006 – oaktrust.library.tamu.edu
Intercontinental Differences in the Abundance of Solenopsis Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Escape from Natural Enemies? by SD Porter, DF Williams, RS Patterson… – Environmental …, 1997 – academic.oup.com
Factors Affecting Distribution of the Mound-Building Ant Lasius neoniger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Implications for Management on Golf Course Putting Greens by RM Maier, DA Potter – Journal of economic entomology, 2005 – academic.oup.com
Lawn Insects: How to Control Them by AMC Vance, BA App – 1971 – books.google.com
Effects of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) on the species structure of ant communities in South China by YY Lu, B Wu, YJ Xu, L Zeng – sociobiology, 2014 – periodicos.uefs.br