Get rid of flying ants by safely and naturally disposing of them with soap, water, honey, borax and aspartame. Equal parts of honey, borax and aspartame can be used to make an effective pesticide once the infestation source is known, while individual ants can be smothered by a soap and water mixture.Continue Reading
Check your home, both inside and outside, for ant infestations. Locate any hills or colonies.
Make a homemade pesticide to naturally kill the ants using a honey, borax and aspartame mixture. Use equal parts of each, and mix well. Another homemade pesticide option is a simple mixture of soap and water.
Sprinkle the honey mixture over any ant hills, and wait for the ants to spread the pesticide to other ants. Eventually, the entire colony becomes infected with the poison and dies. This method ensures elimination of the flying ants' colony. Use the soapy mixture to spray individual ants until they die.
Take measures to prevent another infestation. Keep your home well-cleaned. Keep your windows closed. Repair any parts of your home where the ants can enter. Eliminate any ant hills as soon as they are discovered. To prevent future colonies, whenever possible eliminate the ants before they sprout wings, which signals the beginning of their mating cycle.
Winged male ants and queen ants leave the nest to mate, and after mating, they lose their wings. The queen ant mates with several males during her mating period, and she stores the sperm in an internal sack near the end of her abdomen. The sperm does not move until the queen opens a valve that allows it to enter her reproductive tract and fertilize the eggs.Full Answer >
Male ants die after mating with female ants and live no longer than a few weeks, while worker ants can live for anywhere from several months to a year. Queen ants may live for a few years and are responsible for keeping the colony alive through mating with the short lived males ants.Full Answer >
There are more than one species of small brown ants such as the odorous house ant or the big headed ant. Other possibilities are the pavement ant or the thief ant. Some ants can range in color from yellow to dark brown.Full Answer >
Fire ants prefer to build mounds in open, well-lit areas, such as parks and fields, although they can also be found in rotten logs and stumps in wooded areas. Some colonies will also develop under buildings.Full Answer >