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there a vegan way to control ants? We usually get infested
Sugar ants (commonly called the derogatory
"piss ants") are difficult to control. What they lack
in size they more than make up for in population and
persistence. In turn, it requires tenacity and patience
to banish them from your home.
Keep your house immaculately clean.
Pay particular attention to the kitchen and dining areas.
Empty garbage daily and store in tightly sealed trash
cans away from the house. Do not leave food of any kind
open or out, including items destined for the compost
heap. Store sweeteners in sealed, airtight containers,
preferably in the refrigerator. Wipe the outside of
jars and keep them clean and dry. Thoroughly rinse out
bottles and cans before recycling them. Scrub countertops
frequently, taking care to clean under (not just around)
small appliances. Do not let crumbs accumulate on the
countertop, floor, or in or on furniture. Sweep regularly
and often. Remember, a particle of food is a feast for
an ant; a small amount more can sustain a colony for
many days or even weeks.
Keep your kitchen and bathroom dry.
Wipe out the sink, tub, and shower after each use. In
many cases, ants are in need of water as much as food.
If you have companion animals, place
their food in a "moat." Take a bowl slightly larger
than their normal dish and fill it with water. Then
place the food dish in the water-filled one. Although
ants need water to live, they don't like to swim.
Seal up all observable cracks and potential
points of entry around the infested area. Use a caulking
gun designed for indoor purposes. This is not only helpful
in controlling ants, it will help to keep out other
unwanted insects as well. In addition, sprinkle paprika,
peppermint, chile, or talcum powder where the ants enter
your home and, in the garden, scatter powdered charcoal
around your plants.
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