Can I Remove Ants Without Poison?
Folks want to know how to eliminate ants without pesticides. Have you tried vinegar sprays, caulking, homemade borax bait or store-bought Terro with no avail? Some get success with borax and Terro. Others find that ants will come back every year no matter what they do. In this article, we’ll explain how to get rid of sugar ants without causing harm to bees, pollinators & beneficial insects.
Where do Sugar Ants Live?
In Portland ant pest control is all about odorous house ants, AKA sugar ants. Importantly, odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile) can have many colonies inside your walls. Our goal is to get rid of the ants INSIDE our homes, and keep the main colony OUTSIDE from sending more workers back inside.
If you notice a trail of ants swarming a dropped crumb in the morning, you probably have one or more interior odorous house ant colonies. If you notice they disappear after you spray with lysol or vinegar and clean, they’re probably just avoiding the stinky sprays and making other trails inside your walls. Vinegar, lysol, essential oils and even Raid and other sprays labelled for ants, have strong odors that repel ants. Repellent products are simply not effective at controlling interior ant colonies.
Removing the interior ant colonies will always provide the best results. So, non-repellent ant products are always part of the best integrated ant control strategy for inside the home.
Let’s Talk About Chemical Pesticides.
Pesticides have a bad rep. Careless or illegal pesticide sprays from agriculture can be extremely harmful for pollinators, beneficial insects & wildlife. Industrial agriculture favors large mono crops of food where pests thrive. By supporting local organic farms, you are reducing the demand for large-volume pesticide applications.
Ant Pesticide Spray Safety
Residential ant exterminators use a fraction of the pesticides conventional farmers do. That said, the termiticides commonly used can be even more hazardous to pollinators, particularly honeybees which live in colonies like ants do.
Integrated Pest Management should always be used for ant extermination to reduce or eliminate any hazard to pollinators or beneficial insects. If you must have your home exterior sprayed for ants, it is paramount your ant exterminator avoids spraying near any flowers in order to protect honeybees and other pollinators. Fortunately, 21st century advances in pesticide technology allows Portland ant exterminators to get rid of sugar ants without causing hazard to wildlife, pollinators & beneficial insects.
Ant Control & Pollinator Safety
Professional grade gel baits can control an entire interior odorous house ant with one well-time application of less than a gram of gel. That 1 gram droplet of bait formulation, usually contains just 0.05% active ingredient — a tiny amount. When the bait is applied into a crevice behind your baseboard, or into the kitchen sink plumbing void, you’re never going to expose a honeybee or other pollinator to the pesticide chemical. But the ants will happily bring it back to their larvae nested in your wall voids, and effectively control the colony.
IPM for Ants
If you’ve got rid of ants inside your home, now’s the time to try repellents outside like essential oil sprays, cinnamon & diatomaceous earth. If there are no flowers near your home, a careful & targeted perimeter treatment by a licensed professional, according to instructions on the label should pose minimal risk for pollinators & beneficial insects.
If you are able to follow the ant trail, on a hot day, to the source of their main outside colony you can kill it with boiling water. In conclusion, getting rid of sugar ants without chemicals is all about tracking down their colony and baiting it effectively. If you’d like help with pollinator safe Portland ant control, contact us or read on;