Get Rid of Black Ants Inside the Home

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Never underestimate small things because "Small things are not small things for the small!" (Mehmet Murat Indian) Small things can cause big problems. Black ants can pose a serious problem in your home. They can cause serious damage to the wood they nest in. If left untreated, the colony grows larger and larger, even forming satellite nests that can compromise the integrity of the wooden structure of your house. Ants might be small, but when they come in huge numbers they become difficult to exterminate. Black ants are one of the most destructive pests that plague the common household. Of course you can call pest control and spend a lot of money on the chemicals they use. But you have to consider the well being of your children and pets. The chemicals they use to kill the ants are not only deadly for the ants, they are toxic to humans as well. Before you make that call to the pest control, why not DIY using some safe home remedies to get rid of black ants inside your home. Using the suggestions here, you can get rid of black ants in your home, and you can even reduce the probability of the colony returning. Before you address the situation, you need to know your enemy – the black ant – , learn their weaknesses, and find out what you're up against. This will make your job much easier.

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Know Your Foe: The Black Carpenter Ant

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There are two known types of black ants. The first type is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus), and the other is the black garden ant (Lasius niger). There are over 100 species of the black carpenter ant, and they are the ants often found inside the house, while the black garden ant is most often found, as the name suggest, in the garden.

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What are the identifying marks and behaviors of a black carpenter ant?

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    Their appearance.
    One noticeable trait is the black coloring of the body and the head with yellow or white hairs found on the abdomen or the middle section of the body. The average length of a carpenter ant is at least .64 – 2.5 centimeters.
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    Where are they found?
    The black carpenter ant is a common intruder of homes in the north-eastern part of the United States.
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    Their ecosystem.
    In their natural habitat, these ants are useful for facilitating the initial stages of the decomposition of dead trees. Hence, you can typically find them nesting in hollow and rotting wood, logs, and stumps.
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    Their foraging behavior.
    The large, dark-colored workers can travel hundreds of yards to invade homes to find food. These ants forage mainly at night so they can also be referred to as nocturnal ants.
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    Which ones sting?
    The foragers do not have the ability to sting. The larger ones – the soldier ants – they sting. Their sting contains formic acid, which causes a negative reaction on human skin.
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    No to dry wood!
    Black carpenter ants don't eat dry, sound wood; they are attracted to, and can tunnel through moist, rotting wood. If left untreated, they can cause an amazing amount of damage to your home.
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    Deter them.
    Obviously, it's a good idea to prevent moisture building up in the home, especially in wooden furniture and walls to avoid them from forming colonies and tunnels. Check for leaks in plumbing or anything that can cause moisture to penetrate the wood in your home.
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Safe Home Remedies To Conquer Black Ants Inside Your Home

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    Vinegar.
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    Fill a spray bottle with some vinegar and spray on areas where there are signs of black ant infestation
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    Vinegar is known to have fungicidal and insecticidal properties that can help exterminate black ants.
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    Black Pepper.
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    Black pepper can be sprinkled along the ant paths
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    This will stop ants from grouping and they will leave immediately. Follow their trail; it's possible they will exit your house. It's also advisable to sprinkle black pepper on possible entryways for ants.
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    Garlic.
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    Ants detest garlic and will try their best to avoid this spice
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    Peel and crush a few cloves of garlic and place them in areas where black ants have been sighted, or if you know where there nests are – even better. After a few days, replace the garlic. Keep it fresh to prevent them from coming back.
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    Ant Chalk.
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    This is a commercial product that you can buy for use in your home
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    They are used to draw lines in areas where black ants enter your home. The lines work like boundaries. The ants won't cross the lines.
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    Baby Powder.
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    If you see a group of ants, immediately sprinkle baby powder on the trail they make
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    This will offend any other ants that come into contact with them.
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    Borax.
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    Mix borax with water in equal parts
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    Fill a spray bottle and use it against the pests. When the black ants consume the borax, it will damage their digestive tracts and their skeletal systems, which will eventually lead to their deaths.
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    Used Ground Coffee.
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    Sprinkle used ground coffee in places where you have seen ants
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    Ground coffee is an effective ant repellent.
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    Boiling Water.
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    Look for the black ant's anthill and pour a sufficient amount of boiling water over it. This will definitely kill most of them. You have to do this as often as possible to prevent them from reforming their colonies.
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    Cucumber Peels.
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    Use any leftover cucumber peels after cooking and place them in areas where there is visible black ant activity
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    Black ants hate cucumber peels. This is a wonderful natural home remedy that is both effective and inexpensive. Imagine finding another use for what is otherwise trash.
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    Spring Cleaning.
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    Regularly clean not only the inside parts of your home, but also the outside, on a regular basis
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    It's recommended to clean areas you don't usually clean in order to prevent black ant colonies and other dangerous pests from taking up residence. Black ants are especially attracted to any food scraps, no matter how small.
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    Cooking Oil-Water-Dishwashing Soap Spray.
    Combine all three ingredients inside a spray bottle and spray it on areas where the black ants march. Also spray this on possible entrance ways the black ants use.
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    Boric Acid and Sugar.
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    Using the sugar to attract the hungry ants and boric acid to kill them is one way to get rid of black ants
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    Mix both ingredients well and using a cotton ball, soak it and place it in areas that ants access to get into the house.
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    Boric Acid and Corn Syrup.
    This is an alternative to "Boric Acid and Sugar." Mix the two principal components. Use it the way you use the former. An alternative is to use a dropper and leave drops of the formula around your house preferably in dark areas to prevent it from drying up too quickly.
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    Kill the Scout.
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    Before any ants invade a home, they send in a scout to check if it is safe to move in
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    If you see one, you should kill it immediately, to prevent it from reporting back to the other ants in the colony that your home would be an excellent place to live.
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    Cinnamon Sticks.
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    This might be a bit costly, but it's known to be effective
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    Place cinnamon sticks in areas where ants are hiding. Possible areas are near the Windows, around the doors and holes in your home. Cinnamon is a natural ant repellent. Some say that using cinnamon powder is more effective. You can try this too…and your house will smell wonderful.
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    Gasoline.
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    Pour an ample amount of gasoline on some old cloth and wipe over the tracks or ant lines
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    Pouring gasoline in ant holes is also a good method to destroy the colony.
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    Wormood (Artemisia absinthium).
    Planting wormwood in your garden is a deterrent for ants. Plant some in your garden, especially where ants might enter your house, to drive ants away. This is better when it's done before the ants move in.
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Black ant infestations can certainly happen in anyone's home or office. Knowing how to get rid of black ants inside the home is important before they multiply and become too much for you to handle. Remember, they are versatile and they will strive hard to survive. You need to outsmart them by identifying where their colonies are, and eradicate them using safe techniques, and prevent them from coming back.

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Questions and Answers

Is it true that ground coffee black pepper and vinegar repel black ants?

I just applied it to the entry points and I was wondering if it works.

Yes, there are natural herbs and spices that you can find conveniently on your kitchen cupboard that will repel ants - like coffee grounds, vinegar, and black pepper; to name some. Here's how it works:

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  • Coffee Grounds - You can sprinkle the coffee grounds in any part of your home like the Windows, doorways, and even on ant hills in your garden. The natural aroma and taste of coffee repels ants and forces them to leave and build another colony elsewhere. Its nitrogen component is also harmful to ants, which makes them flee.
  • Vinegar - Ants, mosquitoes, and other bugs detest the smell of vinegar. You can mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to keep it handy when you need to get rid of stubborn ants. Spray or pour vinegar on anthills or your to evict them permanently, making them to nest elsewhere.
  • Black Pepper - This is spice, used as a remedy for various ailments, can also protect plants and human beings from ants and other pests. This is considered a safer, cheaper, and more effective alternative to synthetic or chemical-based pesticides. You can sprinkle black pepper on entry points such as Windows and doorways to ward off the army of ants.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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