There is little better in life than enjoying some quality time in the sunshine. After a long and cold winter, who amongst us isn’t counting down for summer the moment the bell rings for new years. However, when the time comes to enjoy the sun, fun can be quickly ruined by bugs and flying creatures.
There are very few things in life that are more aggravating than discovering ants crawling on your patio furniture. They are not only unpleasant to look at, but they can also be quite a pain in the neck.
Before you start getting itchy and vow never to sit out in the sun again, don’t fret. There are a few things you can do to prevent ants from crawling onto your patio furniture. If you are interested in learning more, read on.
If you want to keep ants away from your patio furniture, making sure there is no food or water source for them is one of the most effective ways to do so. Ants are drawn to food and moisture; therefore, denying them either of these pleasures means they will soon start to lose interest in your garden and so, the likelihood of having an ant problem will decrease significantly. Also, lets face it; having crumbs all over the place is not a pleasant thing to looking at or walking in!
If your patio area is already spotless and you are still facing hordes of ants, then we need to step up our removal game. Applying an insecticide to your patio furniture is proven to keep not only ants but all manner of bugs away. However, before you start spraying it everywhere, be sure to read the labels thoroughly and adhere to the specific instructions provided for the best possible results.
If you have tried both of these approaches but seem to be losing the battle, it might be time to get on the phone to a qualified pest control company. They will be able to determine the cause of the issue and make suggestions regarding a treatment plan that will permanently get rid of the ants.
One of the most humane methods pest control companies employ is that of smell. Ants can be driven away by a wide range of aromas, including those of citrus, mint, and eucalyptus, among others. In order to keep ants away from your patio furniture, you can make use of these scents in a variety of different ways.
Fruits of the citrus family, such as lemons and oranges, can be used in the preparation of an all-natural insect repellent. Spraying your patio furniture with a solution made from the juice of one lemon combined with a quarter cup of water is very simple. In addition, the leaves of mint can be used to make insect repellent.
Crushing the leaves and adding them to a spray bottle that is already filled with water is all that is required. The essential oil of eucalyptus can also be used as a natural insect repellent. Spray the mixture onto your outdoor furniture after adding a few drops of the oil to a spray bottle that is otherwise filled with water.
If you’re not a fan of the smell of citrus, how about pepper? Cayenne pepper is a type of pepper that is frequently used as a spice and works great to keep animals away. For something even stronger (and to keep vampires away), garlic is a great choice. These seasonings can be combined to create a natural insect repellent that is effective against ants. Simply combine one teaspoon of each spice with a quarter cup of water, and then spray the resulting concoction onto your patio furniture to create the repellent. The strong aroma of the spices will discourage the ants from coming closer.
There is an old wives tale suggesting that dyer sheets is great to keep your garden ant free. Unfortunately, like many fables, it is more myth than truth, Ants cannot be effectively repelled by using dryer sheets as a preventative measure. Even though the ant might be put off by the scent of the dryer sheet, it won’t stop them from returning in the future.
You can keep ants away from your patio furniture by doing any one of a number of different things. Be sure to clean up any food or water sources, give an insecticide a shot, and if the problem continues to exist, think about getting in touch with a professional pest control company. You could also try using repellents that are made from natural ingredients.