Ants are often used as an example to demonstrate the advantages of teamwork, but to most of us these little black insects are nothing more than an irritation and it seems like once they have invaded your home, they are almost impossible to get rid of.
There are mainly three types of ants that can be found in cities. Garden Ants are attracted to sweet foods and leave a pheromone trail back to their nests for other ants to follow to the food source. Pharoah’s Ants feed on decomposing food and carries harmful germs picked up from its feedings. Fire ants are found in sunny spaces and sting animals and humans which is very painful. All of these ant species can be killed via pesticides and other poisonous products, but these are not only harmful to the environment as it can also be poisonous to animals and children. Therefore it is better to consider options that are more eco-friendly and poison-free when you decide to start your battle against these busy insects.
Prevention better than cure
Try not to lure ants into your home – always cover food, immediately clean up food and liquid spills, close the lid on your rubbish bin, seal cracks and other access points to prevent ants from entering your home and wipe down anything that is sweet and sticky.
Here are a few eco-friendly, homemade solutions to assist you with your ant troubles, without harming the environment. Most of these remedies won’t actually kill ants but will just repel them and encourage them to stay away for a while.
Source: Homemakers Online
Ants are an extremely important organism in most terrestrial ecosystems and should not be killed unneces sarily. However, when they invade your house they can become more than an annoyance, especially if they start tunneling under floors and excavating earth through cracks. Another common area where ants can be a problem (especially in Africa) is near swimming pools. Not only does excavated soil fall into the pool but, over time, they can undermine the integrity of the pool walls where supporting soil has been removed. Other areas where some ants congregate and make nests are near water tanks, water storage vessels and leaking pipes (another good reason to fix that leak and save water!). There are many ant poisons that are extremely effective but a green alternative should always be tried first. Poisons in the house can potentially contaminate water and food so should be avoided if possible. Outdoor use of ant poisons can potentially cause the death of numerous non-target organisms that prey on ants. This could cause an imbalance and result in even more ants! I have found that pure lemon juice can be an effective ant repellent. Other benefits of lemon juice, apart from being eco-friendly: natural anti-bacterial properties and a pleasant scent.