While ants might be a little bothersome, there are many different kinds of ant killers. Some work faster than others, and some take a little longer to work, but it’s essential to know which type you need before purchasing anything.
The first type is the quick kill method. This type will kill an ant in contact with its poison or drive it back into its nest, where all of its colony members will die within one day. This type of killer is suitable for those who want their pesky little friends gone fast. This method can also harm pets and children, so it should always be used carefully and kept out of reach from everyone except the adult using it.
There is also another kind that works a little bit slower. This is called the residual kill and works by killing bugs for about four to six weeks. It takes longer to work, but with this kind, you don’t have to worry so much about your kids or pets getting hurt because the killer is only in certain areas where ants travel.
One way to use the best ant killer for yards is by mixing equal parts sugar and borax- which is found at most major stores- then spreading it lightly around cracks, windowsills, doorsills, and along any trails ants might leave behind that leads into your home. Then wait for them to take the bait back into their colony, where they will eat it overnight then die off one by one until there are no more ants to be found.
Other types of ant killers work by spraying poisons directly onto the ants themselves, while some are sprayed into any holes or crevices where you think the ants are coming in from. This method works almost immediately but is also more dangerous to use around homes with small children and pets unless they’re ancient pets who’ve been well-trained.
Before purchasing any ant killer, one crucial thing to remember is that many sprays contain harmful ingredients if inhaled or swallowed, so it’s essential to make sure you never use them indoors without proper ventilation and wear a mask whenever possible while using them. It’s good practice always to read what precautions should be taken when using any pesticide.
However, there are more ways to get rid of ants than just using poison. You can brush some petroleum jelly on the ant trails going into your home or wherever you see them coming from, then wipe off any excess that might still be visible with a wet cloth, and if need be, use a blow dryer to help it set in. The ants will take this back to their colony, killing them as soon as they are ingested. If they don’t eat it themselves, you can always do away with those few stragglers later by wiping down your house again- now no longer sticky because the jelly has been eaten away- and wiping them out yourself.
Another way is mixing equal parts sugar and borax, then putting it into a spray bottle and shaking it up. You can then spray it onto any ant trails you see or directly onto the ants themselves if they’re gathered in one spot to kill them all at once. If need be, you can mix another batch of this mixture and repeat this step until there are no more ants to be found. After all the ants are dead, sweep them away with a broom for easy cleanup.
One last way is by placing orange peels, cucumber peels, or lemon peels on top of an anthill where they will absorb moisture from the soil, which makes them soggy and weakens the colony- especially if combined with petroleum jelly that has also been applied around the mound just enough to make it wet. After you’ve done this, they’ll be weak enough that when it’s time to mow your lawn or use any heavy gardening equipment like a sod cutter or even the wheelbarrow, the ants will be cut up and killed in the process, leaving no trace behind.