Here are some tips on how to get rid of ant beds and treat ant bites naturally.
If you have a yard that gets a lot of ant beds and have little ones running around who are still very curious about ant beds, this post is for you.
Our yard is big and full of ant beds and so far, everyone but the baby have had their turn getting eaten up.
When summer’s here, it’s also hard to get kids to wear shoes.
Can I get an amen?
While you can’t eradicate ant beds completely, it’s important to
4 Ways to Get Rid of Ant Beds Naturally
Pour gasoline on the ant bed and it will kill them. If you have excess gasoline for your mowers or cars or in canisters, pouring some will work quickly. It’s expensive, though, and not great if you have curious kids or lots of pets roaming. Gas is obviously not a “green” option, but it is something you’ll find around your home.
2. Baby Powder.
Pour a lot of this on the ant bed and, as far as I can tell, this works very well. I’m sure you have baby powder lying around anyway, and this has the added bonus of signaling to the kids that they shouldn’t go near it. Since it shows up white!
Get your husband or son to pee on the ant bed. Or pee in a cup and pour it on the ant bed. This works too, but I’m not convinced it works as well as the powder or gasoline. It is, however, completely natural. :)
4. Moving ants from one bed to another.
Ants from different hills, particularly if they are different species, will fight to the death. If you take ants from one hill and put them on another, that’ll eradicate the ants.
How to naturally treat ant bites
1. Essential oils.
I’ve been using Lavendar (diluted with a vegetable oil) on the kids’ bites and, honestly, it works so well I think you should wait to put it on. Ha. If you put it on too soon they won’t feel discomfort and the whole “cause and effect” lesson is less effective. You’ll have to re-apply regularly, but it cuts the sting.
Vinegar will help cut the sting and is perfectly safe for kids.
3. Aloe Vera.
Rub the plant directly on the bites for relief. Keeping an aloe vera plant in your home is a great idea.
4. Baking soda and water paste.
Making a paste of baking soda and water will help cut the sting and itching.
5. To pop or not to pop?
I always pop my ant bites, I can’t help it. Plus, I guess I thought you were supposed to. My kids, however? They do not want the to be popped.
If the bites seem to go away on their own, treat the itching and leave them. If it was fire ants or something that looks like it needs to be drained, popping may be okay but keep clean to prevent infection aftewards.
While it’s a good idea to let ant bites breathe, I suggest putting socks on your kids at bedtime so they don’t lay there and scratch before bed. I’d treat the itch, put on socks, and the pray for the best!
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