Its fire season here in Florida – fire ants that is. Fire ants are a year-round pest, but their numbers swell in the hot summer months, as they prefer when temperatures range between 70-90 degrees over day and night. Few pests are disliked more than the dreaded fire ant, and while they don’t generally destroy property, they do bite. Fire ants are dangerous, so it’s best to contact American Allegiance Pest Control for pest control services in Cape Coral, FL. In the meantime, while you wait for a professional to come out to treat the area for fire ants, you can try some of these DIY tips and tricks.
1. Vinegar Solution
Mix equal parts vinegar, baking soda, and water and pour the mixture into the ant colony or spray it in high-ant-traffic areas. The strong scent of vinegar will repel the ants. This mixture will not kill the ants, but it will get them out of your home and out of their nests so that you can destroy it.
2. Dish Soap
Dish soap or detergent is harmful to ants because the chemicals in them can break down the layers of the ant’s exoskeleton. This causes the ant to dehydrate. Mix dish soap or detergent with water in a spray bottle and apply the solution at any common ant entry points.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Make your own solution with boiling water, four sliced cayenne peppers, and powdered cayenne pepper. Ants hate walking over powdery substances, so, first, sprinkle powdered cayenne pepper around the colony to prevent them from escaping. Then, pour the cayenne water into the anthill. In addition to killing the ants in the colony, it will also make the anthill unlivable.