Florida is a paradise not just for us, but for ants, roaches, and termites as well. I raise chickens and a cat, I have kids that run around barefoot and a son that puts everything in his mouth, so I try to steer clear of any harsh chemicals. Over the years, I have learned that we can’t completely eliminate these pests, but if you are consistent, you can manage them effectively, and even better, you can save the money on pest control and do it yourself!
So, read on to learn about some cost-effective solutions that keep pests like ants, roaches, fleas and termites at bay and won’t turn your property into a toxic zone.
First up, Diatomaceous Earth. I use this stuff very frequently. It dehydrates ants and roaches by absorbing the oils and fats from their exoskeleton.
Here’s how to use it:
- Sprinkle a thin layer around problem areas—think doorways, windowsills, and paths where you’ve seen ants or roaches trekking.
- Reapply after it rains or if you notice it’s been disturbed.
Just keep it dry; moisture makes it ineffective.
Next on our list: boric acid. It works by messing with the insects’ metabolism. Don’t worry, it’s safe for your pets and you, as long as you’re not planning to make it a meal. How to apply?
- Mix boric acid powder with a little sugar or honey to attract the pests.
- Apply the mixture in areas where you’ve seen ant trails or roach activity.
- Be patient. It’s not an instant kill, but it’s effective.
Ant Bait Gel
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we have to pull out the big guns. Enter ant bait gel. It’s the only toxic solution on this list, but if used sparingly and responsibly, it can target the queen ant and disrupt the colony.
- Apply tiny dots of gel where ants frequent.
- Wait. Ants will carry it back to the colony.
- Less is more. A little goes a long way.
Prevention Is Key
You’ve heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” right? Keep your home clean. Seal up food, fix water leaks, and block entry points. If they can’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll move on. Simple as that.
So there you have it, folks—a straightforward, DIY approach to controlling ants and roaches in your Florida home. No need to break the bank or endanger your loved ones with harmful chemicals. With a little time and effort, you can keep your home pest-free and your peace of mind intact.
It’s time to take action. Let’s make your home a no-go zone for ants and roaches!
Ready to get started? Good, because those ants and roaches won’t wait. Let’s take back control of our homes, Florida!