Ant Traps – On the subject of ant traps, there are both the homemade and store bought varieties, and the choices that you make regarding the infestation within your own home is a matter of personal preference.
Those with small children or household pets, and who merely have issues with the harmless scavenger species of ant, may choose a nontoxic natural solution to detour their unwanted visitors. Others may have reached the limits of their patience, and are ready to fully rebut the situation.
The most popular homemade ant traps put to use household items that can not harm those around them, but that are effective at trapping and detaining the ants. One example of these effective and safe homemade traps can be made as follows:
You will need:
- 2 teaspoons of dry active yeast
- 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1/3rd cup of dark molasses
- 5 to 10 bottle caps
- a butter knife
- a bowl
Mix the yeast, sugar, and molasses together in the bowl, until it reaches the consistency of honey butter. (This mixture is the perfect foraging pheromone stimulant, sending word to ants within 30 feet of tasty spoils to be had nearby.
These ants will then send the signal to the others in a chain reaction.) Use the butter knife to fill the bottle caps about ¾ of the way full. Place these caps in all of the places where ants have recently frequented.
The traps are designed to cause the ant to step into the mixture in order to eat it, thereby stinking them to the surface. The remainder of the ant butter should be placed in an air-tight jar and stored in a cool, dry place.
Most of the store bought ant traps available on the market are chemically based products. These pesticides are normally tented within a metal or plastic dome-type cylinder.
The sweet bait theory is at work here as well, using a strong, pheromone boosting odor to entice the ants to the poison. The mineral compounds within the standard product are slow acting, giving the ants ample time to ingest the food, carry it back to the colony, and pass it along via regurgitation or storage.
Ant traps designed for outdoor infestations are based on the same pesticide premise, and can take the form of granules, stakes, or cylinders. All pesticide solutions come with their own set of risks.
Some natural propellants can be effected outdoors as well, such as bay leaves and vinegar administered around the perimeter of your home.
These scents are generally thought to be absolutely detestable to most ant species, and should assist in keeping them at bay. Your choices are many, and with patience and determination, you can give these unwelcome visitors a one way ticket to go.