These Expert-Approved DIY Traps Will Actually Kill Ants in Your Home

Photo credit: Shayne Hill Xtreme Visuals - Getty Images
Photo credit: Shayne Hill Xtreme Visuals – Getty Images

From Prevention

It isn’t exactly ideal when you spot a line of ants traipsing through your place or hanging out on your kitchen counters. After all, you live there and, last you checked, you didn’t sign up for pests as roommates.

If you have kids or pets, though, it’s understandable that you might be wary of whipping out more conventional ant-killing methods, like pesticide-ladened sprays and bait traps.

So, what other methods can help kill them off? Below, pest experts explain why these tiny critters can be tough to eradicate, and the DIY ant traps that will actually get rid of them.

Why is it so hard to get rid of ants?

“Ants typically build large colonies, sometimes in hard to reach places,” explains board-certified entomologist Desiree Straubinger, market technical director for Western Exterminator. “It becomes a numbers game where even

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Engineered decoys trap virus in test tube study; healthcare workers at high risk even with protections

By Nancy Lapid

(Reuters) – The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Open in an external browser for a Reuters graphic on vaccines and treatments in development.

Engineered decoys trap virus before it can enter cells

The new coronavirus enters cells by attaching to a protein on the cell membrane called the ACE2 receptor. Scientists have now developed a decoy version of ACE2 that lures the virus and traps it, preventing it from infecting human lung cells in test tubes. “We have engineered our ACE2 Trap to bind 100 to 1,000 times tighter to the virus than normal ACE2 that is on victim cells. This provides even more potent blockage that is comparable to neutralizing antibodies,” Dr. James Wells of the University of California

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Shares climb despite second wave fears

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Here’s a quick summary of today…

Economics: Producer price inflation (eurozone); factory orders, durable goods (US)

Heineken has said that it won’t pay an interim dividend after swinging to net loss, as revenue and volumes fell due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dutch beer giant posted an 19.2pc decline in net revenue in the first half of 2020 to €11.16bn (£10bn) as measured under international financial reporting standards (IRFS).

Its preferred measure of organic growth showed a 15.5pc hit to net revenue.

Heineken said it won’t make any structural layoffs this year due to the pandemic.

European stock markets closed firmly higher today despite fears of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

The FTSE 100 climbed 2.29pc to 6,032.85 while the FTSE 250 jumped 1.33pc 17,158.12

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The 15 best back-to-school deals to snag before fall

Shop the best back-to-school deals happening at L.L.Bean, Best Buy, Amazon and more.
Shop the best back-to-school deals happening at L.L.Bean, Best Buy, Amazon and more.

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It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season. While it’s unclear what impact COVID-19 will have on the upcoming year, for many families—especially those on a tight budget—it’s important to start thinking about how to get classroom essentials before the new semester officially arrives. 

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Here’s the good news: You can save a ton of money right now on back-to-school supplies, provided you know where to look. From discounts on the best backpacks to free Apple AirPods (seriously, it’s true!), the best deals for students will help to ensure they have everything they need to get the school year off

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I’m confused about whether I should eat before exercising or not. Will working out ‘fasted’ in the morning help me lose fat?

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Whether you eat a meal, snack, or nothing at all before working out is down to personal preference.
Whether you eat a meal, snack, or nothing at all before working out is down to personal preference.


  • When it comes to fat loss, studies show that whether you eat before a morning workout or not is irrelevant — what matters is staying in a calorie deficit overall.

  • Having some food before exercise might give you more energy to work harder and thus expend more energy.

  • Ultimately it’s personal preference — there’s no one best routine for everyone, and training “fasted” doesn’t speed up fat loss.

  • If you decide to eat before working out, registered dietitian Shana Spence recommends you aim to eat some protein and carbs, and give yourself time to digest.

  • Read more Working It Out here.

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Dear Rachel,

I’m trying to lose fat and like working out in the morning, but am confused

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UK’s top beach, city and country destinations on for your next staycation has revealed the top-rated destinations in the UK for your next road trip. (Getty Images) has revealed the top-rated destinations in the UK for your next road trip. (Getty Images)

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Holiday-goers are looking to explore picturesque destinations on their doorstep this summer, as staycations continue to grow in popularity amid uncertainty about changing coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

Online travel agency,, has revealed 70% of its bookings this April were for domestic accommodation, while 51% of people had their home country on their travel wish-list this year.

There is plenty to explore close to home. The UK is split into 12 regions across four countries, and with 874 miles from the top of Scotland to the south coast, holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to destinations.

Unsurprisingly, beach staycations

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25 Things To Sell When You’re Ready To Retire

Many people downsize in retirement as a way to cut back on expenses and make their lives simpler. For some, this means relocating to a smaller home or a retirement community. For others, this can just mean getting rid of stuff they no longer use anymore. If your retirement planning includes downsizing, there are numerous things you can sell to clear out clutter and add some extra funds to your retirement nest egg.

Last updated: Aug. 3, 2020

Your Home

One of the key things you need to figure out when planning for retirement is where you want to live. This might entail selling your current home, which for most people is their most valuable asset. You can use the funds to buy a smaller place or put the money toward rent and deposit any leftover money into savings. Downsizing your home can not only save you money, but it

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This Genius TikTok Hack Easily Transforms Long Leggings Into the Perfect Length

Photo credit: TikTok/RunLiftMom
Photo credit: TikTok/RunLiftMom

From Prevention

  • A TikTok hack went viral after a woman shared how to make long leggings shorter.

  • User runliftmom shows how to fold your leggings so they instantly fit better.

  • The best part is that you don’t need to do any sewing at at home to make this work.

If you’re anything like me, then online shopping has become your new norm as certain stores remain closed across the country. That means trying on clothes for sizing has not been an option for some people.

But if your brand new leggings came in and are just a tad too long, there’s a quick and easy fix for that. TikTok user runliftmom posted a step-by-step video on how to instantly shorten leggings. The best part? No equipment is needed, and it only requires two simple steps!

Here’s what to do: First, slide the leggings up your leg about

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What is the future of fitness?

Gyms are going to great lengths to Covid-proof their workout spaces
Gyms are going to great lengths to Covid-proof their workout spaces

The reopening of fitness facilities on 25 July had been hailed, for the 10m UK gym members, as a long-awaited step fundamental to boosting the nation’s health needs. Yet the release of the government’s obesity strategy last week left the matter of physical activity mostly untouched – save from encouraging doctors to prescribe it to patients struggling with their weight (something they are already able to do) and making more provisions for cycling.

Exercise has a “central role to play in obesity and weight management, as well as the overall improvement of health, happiness, quality of life and economic prosperity,” said Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, the industry trade body, in response. “This strategy must place diet, mental health and physical activity on equal footing.”  

Edwards hopes the government will “harness the value of physical activity”; something that, prior

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live score and latest updates from Wembley

Arsenal vs Chelsea, FA Cup final 2020: live score and latest updates from Wembley - AFP
Arsenal vs Chelsea, FA Cup final 2020: live score and latest updates from Wembley – AFP

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13 mins – Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1

Pulisic dances into the area after dribbling through about four bodies, draws more towards him and shoots, forcing Martinez into another save. Arsenal are not enjoying defending against him.

Arteta’s side get forward but can’t make use of the corner they win. Chelsea are getting their wide forwards into central positions and it is causing havoc behind Arsenal’s midfield line.

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10 mins – Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea pressing high and Arsenal are making mistakes now. Holding hits a simple pass straight out for a throw. Chelsea easily able to win possession back at the moment.

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Great play by Chelsea. Jorginho threads the ball through Arsenal’s midfield, the centre-backs are really compact and Mount can go on the

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