How to Get Rid of Ants with Borax

Ants Are The Worst, Take Care Of Them With Borax

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Animals are a daily presence in our lives, whether we want to admit or not. And while on a general note there is nothing with which we are disturbed by them, there are certain times when their presence is not welcomed.

And maybe an even more annoying fact than sudden animal visits would be when insects decide to spread their territory, uncover new places and, make a new place to stay from our homes. Especially during rainy seasons in summer and autumn.

If till now you never had an ant problem, then consider yourself lucky. It does not make a difference to them if you live in a house or in a flat if you live in the countryside or in the middle of the city. Ants have a way to infiltrate in places you would never even think about. Therefore, when the 'ant-war' starts, something must be done to stop it.

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Probably you never took a moment to consider what ants eat, as they seem to have an endless repertoire of food. However, you would be surprised that what they eat differs not only from their growth stage to adulthood stage, but it also depends on their species.

For example, a larva would eat a completely different type of food than an adult or a queen, and its feeding system will, with time, turn into an adult's one. But this also is different for all the types of ants out there. In fact, you do not have to know an ant species by how it looks – though, sure that is one way to identify them – you can tell them apart by their diets.

Social insects, with an inborn instinct to find, take, keep and distribute their food equally among the colony, there are over 12.000 known types of ants. According to their eating habits they can be classified (vegetarian, carnivorous, carrion and even agriculturalists, just to name a few), observed and neutralized accordingly when your house becomes infested.

But one thing that all types of ants have in common is their insatiable thirst for sweet things. And while keeping this in mind, there are several ways to combat them.

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As long as they keep their territory outside the house, and away from your flowers, ants should never be considered a threat. However, things completely change when they decide to search your house for food.

At first, they might be just 3 or 4 but in a matter of a few days, they might become insufferable, as their number grows exponentially. Also, it does not help at all if you kill the ones you see, some ant types will just continue where the others left off, so your fight with them will be useless.

There are two ways to combat them: the traditional way or, for those who prefer technology, the modern way.

Traditional

  • I keep your house clean. Ants take advantage of any kind of spill or crumb left by humans, so make sure to keep your house neat in order to avoid an ant take-over.
  • I drive them away. Ants hate peppermint, so spray the surface with any type of spray which has peppermint oil. Or, if you do not have peppermint, try white vinegar, it works the same.
  • Cornmeal. Spread some cornmeal where you saw them coming out from. It will drive them away and will provide you with a safe way around your pets and children, as well.
  • Use borax. One of the 'classical' ways of getting rid of ants is to use borax. Sodium borate, or borax, is a white powder with colorless and soft crystals easily dissolvable in water.
  • Blended in many cosmetic or house-related products, it is one of the easiest ways to get rid of ants. Mix it with powder sugar or honey and put spread a little bit in the ant's way. It will only take a few days for the entire colony to disappear.
  • Baking soda. Mix it with powdered sugar, similar to how borax is used, and sprinkle it where ants are coming inside.
  • DE, or Diatomaceous Earth. If your ants are the types that prefer to reside in wood, then it is best to use DE. Made from plants similar to algae, it is dust lethal for insects.

Modern

  • Pest sprays. Use sprays that kill insects. However, be careful where you spray them as they tend to be toxic. In addition, try to use them where you see the ants coming out of, as it does you no good to just kill 2 or 3 of them.
  • Are you a more technology inclined person? Then try an electrical discharge insect control system, or what is basically called a bug zapper. It is an electric trap which attracts insects and rids you off them.
  • Professional help. If your house is completely infested with ants and there is no way to get rid of them as they do not respond to any traditional method, then it is time to call for help. Let the professionals handle it as their products are more efficient in dealing with out-of-hand situations.

While not having to deal with ants is always the best outcome, sometimes humans and ants cross paths. For maximum efficacy, identify what type of ants you are dealing with and then plan your counter attack. That way you are sure to get your house cleaned completely.

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5 Ways Impulsively Getting A Dog Saved My Mental Health

Those four paws are good for a lot more than just face kisses.

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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In May 2019, a Massachusetts man is shocked to discover someone had broken into his house. But instead of stealing anything, they tidied up for him.

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Imagine coming home after a longs days work to discover your door unlocked. This alone doesn't cause for immediate panic because often it's hard to remember if you even locked it that morning. As you warily enter the house, you are relieved to see your TV is still on the wall, and the computer is still sitting on your desk. When you take another step in, however, you start to feel this uneasy feeling, like someone had been in your house while you were gone.

You notice a smell of cleaning products in the air that you don't remember being there that morning, and to your shock, you see the bedroom door you always leave open, closed. Now is the time to panic. You search the house, calling out for the perpetrator to show themselves. Your children's rooms are immaculate: vacuumed, with clothes folded and beds made, and toilets scrubbed.

Someone has definitely been in your home for hours, pillaging through your intimate belongings, only they hadn't taken anything. The only thing they leave behind is eerie toilet paper origami roses, a staple of the US prison system.

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Although this sounds like a funny sketch from a comedy show, this actually happened to Massachusetts man Nate Roman this May. Roman says in an interview with New York Post: "Growing up in the age we do, my first thought was a serial killer. My next thought was wondering if my son was safe, worrying if someone was still in the house."

Despite the ridiculousness of the crime, it is still a crime. The act of intruding upon someones home not to steal, but to acquaint oneself with the environment is almost creepier than a robbery. Just the thought of someone possibly getting off by touching your objects and lounging in your furniture is extremely off-putting.

The motive of this cleaning criminal is still unknown and he or she is at large. It's speculated it may have been a mistaken house tidied by a cleaning crew--but that seems less likely than a creep having a go in a home with an unlocked door.

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