Is All Natural Pest Control A Good Way To Manage Ants?

by | Mar 13, 2021 | Ant Control, Pest

Looking for an all natural pest control solution for ants? Have you tried endless cleaning, homemade all natural ant sprays or sprinkling diatomaceous earth with poor results? Read carefully to learn why all natural pest control can be difficult for ants, and how to get them under control safely before you’re forced to call in the pros.

What’s the Best All Natural Way to Kill Ants?

Odorous house ants aka sugar ants (Tapinoma sessile) are a persistent pest for Portland ant control. Notably, odorous house ants can have mini colonies with multiple nests, or “satellite colonies–” that LIVE inside your walls. 

To get the best all natural ant control, it’s important to visualize that ants are coming from inside (not outside). The interior ant colonies will have to be dealt with. Just killing individual ants with an all natural ant spray will actually make things harder in the long run. Here’s why:

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Commonly the main ant colony is outside. They create trails of pheromones from foraging & nesting areas to the next. Ants build satellite nests close to food sources, including the honey in your pantry. Oftentimes, these satellite nests are made in your walls where the moisture & warmth are ideal.

Understanding they work as multiple mini colonies is important to visualizing why all natural pest control products don’t work well for ants.

All Natural Ant Spray

Most all natural ant sprays & even many exterminator sprays have an odor that is detectable to the ants. Ants will actively avoid all natural ant sprays or powders like cinnamon.

So colony-wide ant extermination is next to impossible if ants can simply avoid the treatment. Baits like Terro liquid ant bait is a homeowners best shot to control ant pests because it attracts, not repels them, and works THROUGHOUT the colony.

Eco Friendly Way to Get Rid of Ants

So, the most eco friendly way to get rid of ants is to actually hold off of any organic or all natural ant sprays and choose baits instead.

If their pheromone trails are greatly disrupted by smelly all natural ant killer sprays, the ants will just split their colonies into two and find different places to come out of your walls. Odorous house ant colonies are organized enough to detect & avoid any all natural ant spray treatments.

How to Keep Ants Out of House

You might be tempted to try to caulk every crack & crevice you see. Unfortunately since ants might be nesting inside, caulking exterior cracks & crevices may be keeping them in. Ants will always have the opportunity to enter through air vents under the edge of your siding, or through minuscule crevices barely visible. For this reason, the best way to keep ants out of the house is to bait the colony. Once they are gone, then you can regularly apply an all natural ant deterrent around your foundation to keep ants out of your house.

All Natural Insecticide Safety Tips

  • Always use caution and wear an N-95 mask or respirator while using powdered diatomaceous earth (DE). Chronic exposure to the crystalline silica in the DE can cause irreversible lung damage.
  • Products containing high concentrations of essential oils should also be used with caution. Essential oils in natural pest control sprays contain powerful chemical vapors that may irritate or harm pets like dogs & birds.
  • Always cover fish tanks and pet food dishes before spraying all natural ant killers inside. Always read and follow the label on any organic or all natural pest control product.

All Natural Ant Repellents

If you’re committed to using all natural ant repellents to control ants, be prepared to spray ants often. The issue may worsen over time, and may make ant removal much more difficult in the long term. If you eventually require an ant extermination company, they will have many more individual self-sustaining colonies to track down and get rid of.

Many Portland homeowners find that Terro liquid ant bait is effective for small ant removal jobs. Terro uses a form of borax as the active ingredient, which is a soapy natural chemical. It is about as close as we get to an effective, non-repellent, organic ant control tool.

Baiting ants is recommended by ant exterminators for best ant control. Instead of just moving ant pests around in the walls, baiting will work to control pests throughout and among the interior ant colonies.

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On the other hand, some Portland folks report feeding endless baits to their household ants to no avail. Certain species such as velvety tree ants may have colonies of more than 50,000 individuals. Carpenter ants are much larger than house ants, and cannot physically consume enough bait to control their entire colony. In these situations, baiting alone may not provide the ant pest control results you’re looking for.

Best pest control tactics always rely on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to achieve results and reduce pesticide usage. Specifically, learning the biology of pests and why they invade our homes is part of the process. Ant pest control can be challenging because they live in organized societies. Rat control shares similar difficulties. If you’d like help with Portland ant pest control, always fee free to give us a call.

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