If you are unfortunate enough to have an ant infestation in your home, you know how much of a bother they are. Regardless of the fact that most represent just a nuisance at worst and a reason for better food storage at best, they are not good news. As much as you’d want to respect and understand their quest for food and water, they are just irritating.
And that is just considering their numbers. Now throw in the fact that they can’t tell the difference between your skin and the floor. Yet, that is being on the kinder side of things. If certain ants find their way into your home, you’ll be more than sorry when ignored. Some sting and others are destructive to your furniture. For instance, harvester and fire ants sting while carpenter ants destroy building materials.
While house ants do little damage, they can be a problem if the nest grows. Dealing with them can be depressing, therefore the need to urgently get rid of them. Pesticides are relatively affordable and available in most stores but it might not be the best solution. They contain chemicals that are harmful to both the environment and humans. Nevertheless, there are natural ways you can get rid of ants but some patience would do, and the reward is worth it. Unfortunately, very few people really give any thought to the effect of their actions on the environment. By thinking of using natural methods to control ants, you are at a higher level. And you have just found your people; here are some ways you can deal with ants in your home naturally.
Ant manifestation in your home is gross and it’s like they have a way of communicating with each other. They follow each other like there’s an invisible trail—well, there is, kinda. Ants have super sensitive antennae that can detect water, food and each other’s trail.
While it is impossible to personally ask ants their opinion on vinegar, but based on their reaction in the vicinity of an area that has been wiped by vinegar, their answer would have been close to a ‘yuck!’ Vinegar does a good job of repelling ants and masking off their trail too. Although you should know that as much as any other vinegar might get the job done, there are particular types used to kill ants. For instance, white and apple cider vinegar are most suitable to get rid of ants. Find a spray bottle and fill it up with vinegar. Then spray it in places where you have seen ants most of the time. You can also keep a piece of cloth in vinegar and wipe the surface.
Essential oils just like vinegar interfere with the trail of food. Another great factor about them is that most of them have a great fragrance. You might call it killing two birds with one stone. There are a variety of essential oils, they include peppermint essential oil, which smells great and can be used to support alertness and mental clarity. To deter ants, place some drops on a cotton ball and wipe it on the surface of their entry.
Tea tree essential oil is another example; it is multipurpose oil and commonly used as a disinfectant in household cleaners. To get rid of ants, the application is the same. There’s also clove essential oil that kills ants on contact in addition to disrupting scent. It is also effective in controlling other household pests too. However, clove essential oil is strong and should be used in a small amount or mixed with another oil. Cinnamon essential oil strong scent does a good job of both repellency and insecticidal activities.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in a variety of ways; from toothpaste, cosmetics, laundry, and dishwashing detergents. It also provides positive results in getting rid of ants. The pests are attracted to borax and when ingested, they die on the spot. To use it, mix equal amount of borax and food jelly. Then put the mixture on a plate and place it where ants are. Alternatively, you can create a paste of borax, cornmeal, and a few drops of water. Then place it in areas where you tend to see ants. Although be careful to place it around kids since borax is a bit toxic.
Cinnamon and cloves
When grounded, place cinnamon and cloves powder in ants’ entryway and they will repel them. It is also a good way of adding more color to your space by keeping it smelling fresh and earthy.
Ants seem to hate pretty many things because lemon is on the list too. Squeeze the lemon juice or take the peel and place than where the ants enter. Another option is to add a bit of lemon juice to the water that you’ll use to wash the floor. A paste of orange peels and warm water will also do it. Alternatively, you can make a citrus peel spray. Simply put the peels in a pot and then add water and vinegar. After it has boiled, allow it to stay overnight then pour it in a spray bottle.
Baking soda and powdered sugar
A mixture of equal parts baking soda and sugar is a brilliant way of getting rid of ants. Ants love sugar, it is what attracts them and baking soda is what kills it. Ants have acidic substance in their bodies that react with baking soda as soon as it’s ingested. Additionally, ants have a habit of carrying food back to their nest. Therefore, you might succeed in killing more ants than what you bargain for. Place the mixture where the ants are prevalent and let baking soda do its thing.
These pests are a common problem in most homes; the tactics mentioned above will help get rid of them. Good luck in getting rid of them.