Ants can be a nuisance, a threat to those who are allergic to ant bites, and have been
known as killers. It wouldn't seem possible of such a tiny creature, but their biggest
defence seems to be their numbers. They multiply rapidly, easily, and quickly. They can
take over a yard if left to themselves. A small child who accidentally falls into a fire ant
bed and becomes quickly covered in them will be in misery and pain, sometimes having
to be rushed to an emergency room. A dying animal can be overtaken by them and used
as a food source.
Ants eat a wide variety of things. They're not nearly as picky as we humans when it
comes to their dinner choices. They don't even need silverware! They can carry large
weights in comparison to their body sizes.
It's human nature to immediately grab a can of ant spray or a bag of granules and begin
walking the yard to search for their colonies. If you've lived in places like Texas and
Louisiana, you know that ant beds can become huge. The fire ants are aggressive and
dangerous. It's much better to control an infestation than to wake up one day and
realize that your property now belongs more to the ants than to you.
Sometimes insects can become immune to the chemicals sold on the market. Ant bait
and ant poisons can lose their effectiveness due to overuse and years of enduring the
same poisons. The chemicals can also cause harm to other insects and animals. If you
don't store them properly, your children could become poisoned by them.
While it's true that many natural insecticides can be dangerous as well, they are safer
for our environment and safer overall than chemical poisons, especially if you know how
to use, mix, and store them properly.
Natural or organic insecticides are those which come from natural resources. Boric acid,
which is a form of the mineral boron, is used on ant beds. Sometimes it is mixed with
other things like sugar and boiling water. It can also be mixed as borax soap with sugar
and water and is safe to use around pets and small children. Many people sprinkle it
along the entry points in their houses and apartments or campers.
Another natural insecticide to use as an ant control is cayenne pepper, made into a
liquid and used as a spray. You can grow your own pepper plants just for this purpose.
Hot peppers are also used to control or kill other insects. Just make sure you don't let
your small child have access to your pepper plants. Hot peppers can sometimes cause
blisters when eaten.
Corn meal can be used as ant control; it's a low-cost alternative to poisonous chemicals.
If you grow your own corn, you may even know how to make your own corn meal. It's a
food the ants like to eat, but can't digest.