In the arid West, ants are often found indoors in the moisture and warmth of our homes. There are a number of ant species that feed on urine, such as fire ants, crazy ants, and yellow garden ants. These species of arthropods respond to human or pet excrement by creating mounds with chambers underneath where they can deposit their feces. Pee Ants are another common name for Lasius neglectus ants, which is a species of Black Ants that thrive on animal urine. They generally live outdoors but in the fall and winter will move indoors if given the chance. Their presence may be an indication that your home is infested with other pests—roaches, mice, or rats. So how do you get rid of pee ants? Read on to learn more!
How To Get Rid Of Pee Ants In Your House?
1. Clean Your House
The first step is to make sure that your home is clean. If you have a pet or a child, be sure to clean their litter boxes. If you have pets, be sure to clean their cages regularly. Be sure to vacuum and dust your home thoroughly every week or so.
2. Keep Out Ants
If you see an ant mound in your yard, make sure that it is not full of water and that there are no other animals making a home in it. If there are any dead ants inside the mound, take them outside and pour boiling water over them to kill any remaining ants inside the mound. This should help reduce the number of ants in your yard and keep them away from your house.
3. Plug Water Source
If you notice that there are many pee ants coming out of a particular area of your house, be sure to plug up all water sources nearby so that they cannot come into contact with the water source from which they are feeding on urine from human or animal urine as well as other chemical substances found in urine such as ammonia. This can include faucets, tubs, sinks, and even drains under sinks!
4. Sprinkle Ant Bait
Ant bait is a sticky substance that you can sprinkle around the area of your house where you have seen a large number of pee ants. It will be a natural food source for these ants, and they will be attracted to it and come in search of it. Once inside the house, they will take the bait back outside with them to serve as their food source and then die.
5. Vacuum Cleaner
If you have a vacuum cleaner, it can be used to suck up dead ants from your home floor as well as any other dead insects that may have taken refuge along the baseboards or in crevices of your house. If there are still any live ants in your home, remove them with a pair of tweezers so that they do not contaminate the rest of the ant bait. You may also want to consider using an insecticide spray in areas where there are many pee ants inside your home such as under sinks, behind appliances, or around windowsills or light switches because this spray is designed specifically for killing these insects on contact and will not damage other household items such as walls or floors while providing immediate results!
6. Insecticide Spray
If you don’t own an insecticidal spray but would like to try one out to see if it works on pee ants, then make sure that you clean off all surfaces before spraying since this is a surface-only product and most other sprays can be used to kill these ants inside the walls or under sinks. These sprays are not harmful to humans or pets and can be used around windows, lights, and other areas where you suspect there may be a problem with pee ants crawling inside.
Understand The Pee Ant Diet
- Ants are omnivores. They eat both animal and plant matter.
- Ants are scavengers, so they eat dead or decaying flesh and will consume their own waste as well.
- Pee Ants are a bit different than other ants because they prefer to feed on the urine of other animals instead of eating plants, but in the summertime, they can switch to eating nectar and pollen from flowers.
- Ants excrete very little waste, so most of their diet comes from what they can find in your home (which is usually your pet’s food).
- Pee Ants will also find food scraps on their own, but it’s not as easy for them to obtain them since they don’t have a very good sense of smell as other ants do. This means that you don’t need to worry about leaving crumbs out for your pets or kids!
Identifying Pee Ants
- First, if you live in an area that is known to have Pee Ants, inspect your home for signs of them. Look for their distinctive mounds and their characteristic black color.
- If you think that you have found a Pee Ant infestation, put on rubber gloves and inspect the areas where they nest. Look for their characteristic mounds, which look like small hillocks or bumps in the ground. These are produced by the ants as a place to store their waste and food reserves.
- Be sure to get rid of any dead animals or animal feces from around your home before treating your infestation with a Pest Control Company like us at Eco-Pest Solutions.
- Look for the dead bodies of the Pee Ants in your yard, under your home, and near the foundation. You can also see them by placing a piece of clear tape on a surface that is not visible to humans.
- Inspect any cracks or crevices where you suspect they may enter your home or where they may be nesting.
Strategies For Killing Pee Ants
Clean Your Home
You should begin by removing the nest. You can do this by taking a cup or bowl and placing it in the ants’ path. They will follow the scent of urine to the bowl and then you can remove the nest and dispose of it accordingly.
Seal All Porous Surfaces
The best way to kill pee ants is to seal all porous surfaces. This means sealing all cracks, crevices, etc. with caulk or silicone spray paint (refer to your local hardware store for this). You should also seal all holes in the walls or baseboards where they could enter your home from cracks or gaps underneath baseboards, in window casings, around pipes, etc. You may have to repeat these steps multiple times depending on how many ants are living under your home’s foundation or inside walls.
Use an Insecticide
If you have not already done so, use a professional insecticide like Raid Ant Killer Spray directly on all ant mounds and ant trails leading into your home. This will kill any remaining ants that have not been killed by other methods above and will stop any new ones from coming into your home in future years! Keep in mind that you should not use poison baits as they are not effective against adults unless they come into direct contact with them—so don’t place them near foodstuffs such as pet food bowls! Also remember that if you are using an insecticide for indoor use, you must first seal all porous surfaces. This can be done by spraying a product like Silicone Spray Paint on all porous surfaces.
Use a Vacuum
If you have a vacuum that has a filter in the hose, you can use that to suck up ants in your home (don’t forget to turn it off when done!). If you do not have one of these, then use an air-purifier with a HEPA filter which will help reduce airborne particles and dust particles. You should also clean up any trash or other items that may attract ants into your home as well.
Pee ants are Black Ants that thrive on animal urine. They generally live outdoors but in the fall and winter will move indoors if given the chance. Their presence may be an indication that your home is infested with other pests, such as roaches, mice, or rats. The best way to get rid of pee ants is to find the source of their food and eliminate it. Put out ant bait in areas where Fire ants are found along with insecticides.