They are known as "sugar" ants, the layman's term for various species of tiny pests that can get into, around and under almost anything in their never-ending search for food. Although they have a sweet tooth, they're not fussy eaters and will consume almost anything edible, including starches and meat. Entomologists advise that the only long-term solution to the problem is to find the nest and destroy it, thereby killing the queen.
Things You'll Need
- Boric acid
- Wadded toilet paper
- Small jars with 4-8 holes hammered into screw-top metal lids (as many as needed)
Dissolve 1 tsp boric acid and 10 tsp sugar in two cups of water. Soak wadded toilet paper in this solution until fully saturated.
Put the paper in jars and leave the jars in places where ants are getting in. Add more solution when the toilet paper starts to dry out.
Drench the nest with insecticide. After the first treatment, watch surface ant activity. If it resumes, soak the nest again, as many times as necessary to get rid of the ants and the queen.
Treat a swath of soil 3 to 4 feet from your house with either wettable powder or granular insecticide to act as a barrier. Renew the treatment every two to three weeks while the ants are active.