Ant ControlA few species of ants are obnoxious to man, by invading houses, making their nests in lawns or in trees or by to some extent ants protect injurious insects.
Heavy rains, causing a flooding of ants nests, is a natural means of checking the ravages of ants, many being killed, particularly in cold weather. Barriers on the legs of tables, beds, etc., consisting of anti ant tape, and then fastened around such places - of course, out of the reach of children - will keep the ants away for several months at least. A supply of moth balls, placed in a dish in which a leg of a piece of furniture rests, is also effective, provided each leg is thus treated.
A syrup of granulated sugar, water, and honey can be effective against ants, and it also keeps well. Placed in a tight tin with two sides dented in and with a tin cover, the ants can enter and feed while the syrup remains protected from the weather. A gill or two of syrup and a fairly large piece of sponge floating in it will complete the trap for use. Traps should be placed both in and around the house - of course, out of the reach of children - and by adding a bail or handle can be hung on wails, on the branches of trees and in similar situations. Eight or ten of these are sufficient for an ordinary city house and lot and will be effective at least for 6 or 8 weeks against ants.
Some ants raise fungi upon which to feed, about one hundred kinds which do this being known. These insects in most cases go in large numbers to trees and some climb the trees and cut off the leaves, while other members of the colony pick these up from the ground where they have fallen and carry them to their nests where the fungus is grown on them.