How to get rid of ants - naturally!
Are ants marching through your kitchen cupboards or all over your cat’s food? Don’t panic. Metro Natural Gardening Expert Carl Grimm had advice for taking them on without toxic chemicals.
Ants often come inside searching for food when the weather gets cold and wet. The first step to kicking them out is determining what kind you have. If they’re big and black or black and red they are likely carpenter ants. If they are tiny and dark brown, they are likely nuisance ants. Both eat small insects plus any bits of food and grease wherever they can find them. Ants in general are good for the garden as they till the soil, eat some pests and provide food for birds.
To keep any ants out of the house, sanitation is essential
The next step is exclusion
Outside the house, remove branches and debris, and fix leaks
If hiring a professional, ask for least-toxic controls and get their plan in writing
For nuisance ants, bait stations can be used as a last resort or if you rent and don’t control maintenance decisions. Look for bait stations that contain borates as the active ingredient, and be sure to keep them out of reach of children and pets.
For free factsheets on nontoxic ant control, call Metro Recycling Information at 503-234-3000.