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Four Ant Pest Control Myths

February 27, 2023


Getting rid of ants on your property can be one of the most stressful tasks as a homeowner. While there’s a myriad of do-it-yourself pest control solutions out there, the best solution would be to contact a professional for their opinion and treatment options using integrated pest management. Here are some of the popular ant pest control myths you shouldn’t believe:

Myth #1: “Boiling Water Can Wipe Out an Entire Colony
Ant hills may appear small on the surface, but there are large and complex colonies underneath them that house thousands to millions of ants. This being said, research shows that the boiling water thus can kill up to 60% of a colony, but most often leads to the ants moving to another location on the property.

Myth #2: “Ants Explode When They Eat Grains”
Many believe ants explode if they were to consume uncooked grains, like oatmeal, cornmeal, grits, and cream of wheat. Their explanation behind this is that moisture in the ant’s digestive tract causes these foods to expand until the ant blows up. This was proven to be a myth. If anything, sprinkling grains around would just attract foraging ants.

Myth #3: “Vinegar Kills Ants”
While vinegar is a star ingredient in many DIY household cleaning solutions, it doesn’t really work in eliminating ants. It isn’t acidic enough to kill them with such brief exposure. Vinegar can mask ant pheromones which will deter them from following their trails, however, it will again just cause them to relocate on the property.

Myth #4: “Store-Bought Pesticides Are the Best Option”
Many people think that using an over-the-counter product is the easiest way to get rid of ants in their homes. However, store-bought pesticides don’t get to the root of the problem. They aren’t designed to eliminate a whole colony.

These chemicals can also be harmful to people and pets if used. It’s better to rely on experts to handle pesticides for you and your family’s safety.

Contact Wingate Pest & Lawn

The best way to eliminate ants and other pests from infesting your home or business is through a thorough inspection and targeted ant removal treatment. Reach out to the experts at Wingate Pest & Lawn to keep your home free from ants and other pests. We provide free inspections for customers located in Mid-Missouri.