When ants invade your home, it’s time to battle. You don’t have to use ant baits with pesticide in the traps, however, since there are several natural solutions to getting rid of ants and keeping them out.
How to Get Rid of Ants Already in Your Home
Cinnamon is an effective household ant repellent. Its smell discourages ants from entering your house and scrounging in your kitchen.
- Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil in a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and wipe down the areas where ants may enter and dwell. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone.
- You can also put ground cinnamon and whole cloves near entry points.
Note: Use the cinnamon oil spray strategically in places of ant infestation; do not put it all over the place.
Vinegar has many household uses, but did you know that vinegar is a natural ant repellent? Its strong smell discourages ants from entering your house and scrounging in your kitchen. Vinegar is also one of the top natural ways to get rid of flying ants, and it’s also beneficial for eliminating gnats.
To make your own natural vinegar ant spray mix equal parts of water and of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar solution at all the entry points of the ants and along the pheromone trail, a chemical factor secreted by the ants, which is recognized by the others ants and followed by them.
Once the vinegar dries, repeat the process for a couple of days. This will discourage the ants from getting into your home and they will eventually move on.
Lemon juice and water
Mixing a solution of lemon juice and water in a spray bottle is a natural repellent. All you need to do is spray the affected area several times until the ants disappear. You will need to repeat the process until they have all gone, which may take just over a day. Your house will also smell lemon fresh as a result.
It has been found that ants absolutely detest cayenne pepper. It is easily the best option out of all listed above in terms of getting rid of the ants, but it will leave a bit of a mess, unlike the other options. Once you have located the source of the ant infestation, simply sprinkle the cayenne pepper all around the area and you will be laughing. If you can pile the cayenne pepper up, creating a wall, then you are going to find even better results.
How to Destroy Ants in Their Nests
While baking soda is great for humans, it wreaks havoc on ants by disrupting their bodies’ natural chemistry. Create your own natural ant bait by mixing equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar. Pour the mixture into a shallow container (plastic or metal lids work great) and place it near the line of marching insects to attract them to your homemade bait. The ants will take it back to their nest, eat it and rapidly dwindle in numbers
Borax is toxic to ants and helps rid them from your house and garden. Ants are attracted to it and, when ingested, it ultimately kills them. Mix equal amounts of borax and food jelly. Put it on a flat plate in the areas where you have ants. Alternatively, mix borax with granulated sugar in a 1:3 ratio. Add enough water to get a syrup-like consistency. Put this paste in the areas where you see ants.
Note: As borax is toxic, keep it away from pets and small children.
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