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Can Chalk Get Rid of Ants?

Have you ever picked up a chalk to try and draw a line on surfaces you’ve spotted with ants crawling about, chances are you already believing that a simple line of chalk can remove ants away from your premises.

Answer this question before reading on:

Does drawing a line of chalk near the ant hole or along the ant trail useful in:

  1. Keeping the ants away
  2. Killing the ants
  3. Temporarily derailing an ant trial
  4. All of the above

An old wives tales, many of you would have chosen some answers which ‘keep the ants away’ and ‘killing ant’. This is false and chalk itself would not work to eliminate ants completely. While the drawn line of thick chalk can temporarily derail an ant trial, making the colony confused with the scents. However these ants soon establish their scents and the trail can come back at work again.   

While derailing an ant trail may seem like the ants are being kept away, these ants are definitely not killed. They are only temporarily shifted away from the original site as they avoid the chalk line.

This is the same as with any other things which disrupt the scent trails i.e. water

Do you have ants at home? Getting rid of ants is more than just chalk and water. Should you have an infestation at home; it can be difficult to get rid of ants with DIY methods. Proper and correct identification of the ant species is required before the right treatment method is recommended, this best done by a pest control specialist.

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