I live in Greensboro, NC. There are many people who you will start a conversation with who will get around to the discussion of the little ants that are extremely insistent about taking up residence in our houses. Our family has gone the route of using diatomaceous earth to discourage these critters but this year, they seem to be snubbing their little noses (if they have them) at this deterrent. There are many stories of various other things (boiling water, dried lemon or cucumber peel, peppermint...etc) to block them but if they stop coming in one place, they seem to be smart enough to find another! Some believe that they are seasonal and we should be done with them soon. They did wane to the point of only finding one here or there but have come back with a vengeance after a particularly hard rain. Any suggestions? Love this forum & have already sent around the information about the mud daubers & learning to live with them!!! Good stuff!!! Thanks!!
I am not a professional pest control expert, so would refer you elsewhere. Proper identification of the ants needs to be achieved first. I would contact the entomology department at North Carolina State U. and see if they can't help identify the ants and offer an appropriate solution. I would caution against routine use of diatomaceous earth, as it is essentially pulverized glass that if accidentally inhaled or ingested can do some damage. Same goes for curious pets, toddlers.....Anyway, do consult an entomologist, not a pest control company, as they have a vested interest in making you a customer. Good luck, and thank you for the question and compliments.
In my basement area my mom saw symptoms of bedbugs and she is also looking for easy home remedies to try those. So I am here to find some simple DIY method that actually works. If you know about any quick methods please share!