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How To Get Rid of Ants In The Yard

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Outdoor activities are a vital part of a healthy upbringing for any child. Whether they want to play with the dog or make sandcastles, you have got to make sure your yard is kid friendly, especially if you have a curious toddler. Kids love playing in the yard but so do ants. They’ll burrow into any exposed soft soil that is habitably near to a food source and yards are ideal for them. 

Red ants can bite, leaving behind a really painful sting on the skin. Garden ants on the other hand are mostly harmless, but bear in mind that no matter what kind of ants reside in your yard, they have been around all kinds of dirty places, carrying potentially pathogenic microbes with them and you don’t want to expose yourself or the kids to that.

Ants can be a real nuisance and getting rid of them can be a challenging struggle that most would not want to embark on. However, there are plenty of ways you can address your yard ant problem effectively to make your outdoor space safe once again.

  1. Prevent further infestation

The first step is to contain the ant problem and prevent it from getting worse. You can do this through a number of ways. Try to remove all the sources first. Ants thrive where they can find ample food and it is quite possible that the garbage, spilled beverages and crumbs may have been sustaining those critters up till now. You need to clean any food or spilled drinks in the yard. Also, make sure that your trash is enclosed inside airtight bags or containers. A lot of people like feeding their pet outdoors and we all know dogs can be messy eaters. If you really have to feed your pet outdoors, make sure you place the pet food over a tray of water so ants can’t get through to it. A lot of people don’t know that ants love coexisting with aphids that feed on sap. Exterminating these aphids will also help eliminate ant populations.

Ants like thriving in places that offer them shelter and means of travel which is why you must always trim your yard tree’s branches periodically so they stay at least 6 inches away from the house. Another hack is to have the soil slope away from the house. Try not to stack firewood near the house and if you have any thatch in your yard, rake it away because if you keep it out long, it’s just a matter of time before ants have a feast party there.

Most importantly, you need to create an effective barrier to keep ants from coming inside. You can do this by applying insecticides on any openings in your house that ants might come in through. Then, seal all the portals of entry. You can even make a full circle of pesticides around the external perimeter of your home with products that are usually used as barrier treatments.

  1. Exterminate

  • Look for nests

An effective approach would be to search for the ant hills in your yard. Ant nests are not really distinctive in appearance, they are not supposed to be. So you really got to peel your eyes out and search for every single one. A good way to spot ant nests is to observe the ants. If you see arms hanging out around a certain area in the yard, there is an ant nest nearby for sure. Look for them in wall cracks, and in between layers of bricks and broken mortar too. All ant nests can be spotted by looking for anthills that have an opening in the centre. If looking for these nests is proving to be harder than you thought, here’s a smarter approach. Place some food for the ants as bait. It may be sugar or honey and wait. The ants will soon come to eat up after which they will go back to their nest. You can just follow the ant to find out the location of its nest.

  • Use pesticide spray into the opening

Now that the hard part is over with, you may use insecticides containing pyrethroid, carbaryl and bifenthrin. Make sure you spray directly into the opening of the ant hill to hit them where it hurts. You want to make sure you get the lot of them to address the problem permanently. Whenever you mow the lawn, make sure you use insecticides as well. It is best if you spray the lawn with insecticides again after six weeks to make sure they don’t come back. You wouldn’t want to be running around the yard with magnifying glasses looking for anthills every other week.

  • Apply diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is just as effective for addressing the ant problem in your yard but without the use of chemical toxins. Diatomaceous earth has a mechanical mode of action instead of a chemical one. It is an excellent absorbent so if an ant makes contact with diatomaceous earth, it will immediately start absorbing moisture from their chitin exoskeleton, leaving the ant dehydrated and dead. It’s a good idea to be generous with diatomaceous earth in your yard, because it will keep ants away from the yard in future as well. When applying diatomaceous earth, it is a good practice to crush it with the back of a shovel to break it into finer pieces for a greater surface area to volume ratio to produce greater exposure.

Eliminate Ants In Your Yard Using Ant Control Products From Solutions

If you want a serious solution to the ant problem in your yard, Solutions Pest & Lawn has the answer in the form of our wide selection of ant control products. For example, you can purchase ant baits such as Ficam Insect Bait. The ants will take the bait home to the nest and share the poison with the family.

Dry products are available to treat your entire yard, for instance, granules like Bifen LP Granules. If the problem is significant you may want to treat your entire yard using a dry product and a lawn spreader. You should keep pets and children off the treated areas for at least 24 hours.

One of the best methods of how to get rid of an ants in your yard is to find the ant hill and eliminate the ants via drench method. Simply take a powerful insecticide such as Reclaim IT and mix it with water in a bucket according to instructions found on the label. Then pour the mixture onto the mounds making sure the entire mound is fully drenched, what you’re hoping for is that the insecticide gets to the ant queen and kills her.

Conclusion

Ants in your yard may not seem like a huge issue, but that is until they start heading indoors into your home to forage for food. We hope you can get your ant problem under control using our tips above. For more information, give us a call at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a representative on our website.

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