2 Organic Ways to Control Ants

2 Organic Ways to Control Ants

Ants.  No matter where we live, we all combat these unwanted invaders.  Here at All County® Colorado Springs Property Management, we keep our properties safe from ants organically whenever we can, using home remedies. This not only keeps the environment safe, but protects our tenants’ children and pets. Here are 2 organic ways to control ants.

Vinegar Repellant

The strong smell of vinegar blocks ant pheromones, an ant’s main form of communication. This confuses the ants, keeping them out of your house. Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. If you see a trail of ants, follow it to the opening or crack they’re climbing through, and spray well.  This will mask the scent trail.

Borax Ant Killer

When ants eat borax, it interferes with their digestive system and eventually kills them. But the ants last long enough to take it back to their nest and share it with other ants. It works for any type of ant. The important thing to keep in mind is that you need a variety of liquid and solid baits for it to work best.

Although it seems like ants will eat anything in sight, adult ants only consume liquids. But larvae can eat solid foods, and turn them into a liquid that the queen eats. By using a combination of solid and liquid bait, you’ll make sure to eliminate the entire colony.

Solid Borax Bait

Use solid bait to kill the colony. To create the bait, mix 1 part borax with 3 parts sugar. The borax will kill the ants, and the sugar will attract them to the borax.  Shake the mixture well and spread it where you’ve spotted ants.  It takes a week or so to kill the colony.

Liquid Borax Bait

Use the liquid bait to kill the adult ants. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons borax
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • A jar
  • Cotton balls
  • Shallow dishes

Shake borax and sugar in the jar until well mixed. Pour in water and stir until dissolved. Place cotton balls in the shallow dish and soak with borax solution, then place them anywhere you’ve seen ants. Use as many cotton balls as you need to address your ant infestation. Store extra solution in a cool, dry place.

That’s it!

Using a combination of vinegar and borax treatments, you should have your ant problem under control in no time. All this with the added benefit of little or no danger to the environment, your kids, or your pets. Make sure to repeat these steps at the first sign of ants returning.

We hope this All County® information about 2 Organic Ways to Control Ants was helpful. Call us at: (719) 445-7172 with any questions you may have about this article, or to talk to us about your property management needs.  Let’s Rent Your Home Today!

5 times you'll be glad you have a property manager

5 times you’ll be glad you have a property manager

Managing your own investment property may seem like the thrifty thing to do. After all, a property manager will charge you to manage your rental home, so why not do it yourself?

One reason is that an experienced property manager, spending no more money than you would spend yourself, can easily and efficiently manage your property while you live your life. He knows the most reliable vendors to use to maintain your home, the appropriate legal experts to deal with problem tenants, and has the infrastructure to handle issues that may arise at inconvenient times.

Here are 5 times you’ll be glad you have a property manager.

1. Late night phone calls

A good property management company will have an emergency contact line tenants can call in case of an important problem. If you’re managing your property yourself, this call will come to you. Imagine your cellphone ringing at 2:00 AM, with a tenant insisting that their clothes dryer isn’t heating up properly.

An emergency? The tenant says they have an interview in the morning, and they need to wear their lucky shirt. But what can you do about it during the night? This is an appliance. Is it even your responsibility?

If you have a property manager, the emergency line at their office will to take the call, reassure the tenant that someone is listening, determine if the dryer really is your responsibility to fix, and inform the tenant about how to put in a maintenance request.

All you have to do is read the email from your property manager once the problem is taken care of.

2. A needed vacation

Your day job has been taking all your time, so you plan a vacay with the family. A well-needed trip to the mountains to spend family time under the stars. But as you’re packing the car, a hysterical tenant calls to say that she is filing for divorce, and wants the locks changed on her house immediately.

The tent goes back in the closet, and your son goes back to his video games. Instead of time with the family, you are off to change the locks on your rental home.

A property manager will have well established procedures for this situation. While you’re cooking hot dogs by the fire, your property manager will handle the issue.

You can throw your line in the water.

3. Evictions

Do you enjoy taking time off from work to go to court? Do you know the legal requirements and procedures for an eviction? This is one part of renting that most landlords would like to pass on to the experts.

A property manager has legal experts they work with, making sure that every step of an eviction is handled legally and with a minimum of problems. Then they’ll find you a new, highly-qualified tenant.

And you never have to see the inside of a courtroom.

4. Neighbor Complaints

You’re at your day job, about to give a presentation in a big meeting. But your phone rings. It is an irate neighbor, the guy who lives next to the tenant in your rental property.

Apparently, your tenant’s poodle has been pooping in the neighbors yard. The neighbor is angry. He wants you to go talk to your tenant, NOW.

If someone manages your property, this call would have gone to his office. Your property manager knows how to deal with neighbor complaints, and stops the neighbor feud before it gets out of hand.

You’d be giving a great presentation at your meeting, never even knowing about your tenant’s poodle.

5. Weather Damage

A record-breaking snow storm hits Colorado Springs (sound familiar?), and not only are your trees down, a 50-year-old pine has fallen on your mother’s roof.

But can you go help your mother? No. Why? A tree actually crashed through a window at your rental property, and your tenant can’t wait for help.

A good property manager will be on this in a second. He has vendors on call to take tenant calls and immediately get out to the property to remove the tree and fix the window.

You can go to your mother’s house and help her out.

Summary

These are just some examples of things you might (and probably will) face when you try to manage your own property. Although a property management company will have some up-front costs, overall, you may end up spending no more than you would have in trying to do everything yourself.

And as illustrated in these examples, a lot of stress and effort will be avoided by hiring the right company.

Are you interested in what a Colorado Springs property manager could do for you? Call All County® Colorado Springs today to get a free assessment of your investment property. (719) 445-7172

You’ll be glad you did!

June 2019 Colorado Springs Real Estate Statistics

June 2019 Colorado Springs Local Real Estate Stats

With home prices skyrocketing in the Colorado Springs metro area, more people are having trouble affording to buy a new home. The PPAR market needs an influx of homes to rent. If you have investment property you’d like to rent, call us today at (719) 445-7172 Here are some of the numbers in the PPAR region for June. You can read more by clicking here: https://ppar.com/MarketTrends.aspx

Total Residential Sales: 1,651

This number is down 4.9% from last year, reflecting rising home prices.

Total Active Listings: 2,123

This is down 1.7% from June of 2018.

Median Price of Home: $331,000

Still rising, up 16% from last year at this time, when it was $285,250. As home prices rise, the market needs more rental homes.

Average Days on Market: 24

This number usually goes down during the summer. Last year it was 21, showing DoM is up 14.3% this year

Summary

Home prices are rising fast. There are just not enough homes in the price range most people want in the PPAR region.

What does all of this mean? It’s a great time to have a Colorado Springs investment home, and a great time to rent a home in Colorado Springs! Check out our available rentals at: http://allcountycs.com/available-rentals

Call us today at: (719) 445-7172 for more information about renting out your home in Colorado Springs.

All County is here for you!