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Get Rid of Ants the Easy Way

The world is filled with a ka-gillion ants and there is little doubt that a few hundred are going to come into your house at some point. Some methods for getting rid of ants are hard. They involve mixing up potions, sprinkling powders, and wiping up carcasses of struggling ants. Other methods are easy, they require you to open a package of ant killing bait stations and place them around your home. No muss, no fuss, and within 5 minutes, you’re done.

First the hard stuff. Various websites recommend filling spray bottles with lemon juice, soapy water, or vinegar. This concoction is sprayed on ants, which causes them to suffocate. The dead ants then need to be disposed of. The powdery method of ant destruction, involves boric acid or food-grade diatomaceous earth. Both require leaving messy trails of the low toxicity powders along baseboards, windowsills, and outer perimeters of the home. Diatomaceous earth doesn’t work if it gets wet, or even when it’s too humid. If the powder is left by an open window it can blow around the house. While not poisonous, diatomaceous earth can irritate the lungs of children, pets, and some adults.

The above methods not only require extra work, but they don’t kill ants where they live. Combat Ant Killing Bait Strips, Source Kill Max Ant Bait, and Source Kill Max Ant Killing Gel get rid of ants for good. Ants take the bait, which is formulated with a mixture of food and insecticide. The poisoned ants make their way back to the nest and the secondary kill factor kicks into gear. The queen and workers in the nest die from eating the bait and from contact with their poisoned nest mates.

Combat kills the ants you see and the ones that are living invisibly in large colonies in your yard. The bait stations are child- resistant and are considered “low toxicity” to humans by the EPA. While the bait stations should be handled with care, once they are in place, you can forget about them for three months. At that time they need to be replaced with fresh bait stations. The ant problem both inside and outside your home will be resolved. Now what could be easier than that?