There are certain seasons when ants are simply impossible to deal with. Luckily, they can be managed quite successfully and with use of some natural products.
How to get rid of ants?
1.Chalk Them Out
You can buy ant chalk and line around all home entry points. It is made with calcium carbonate, which is made of ground-up and compressed shells of marine animals.
You can also ground some chalk and scatter it through your backyard if you have ant problem.
2.Use Adhesive Tape
If you want them “caught in the action”, use a cookie jar and put an adhesive tape on the very top, surrounding it with adhesive tape placed with the sticky side up.
You’ll be surprised how many you’ll find them.
Sprinkle wherever you see they are entering your home, even in your pantry shelves. They are repelled by flour, and they won’t cross the line.
4.Try With Lemons
If you have lemons in your fridge, they’ll do the work. Spray some lemon juice on door thresholds, windowsills, cracks and holes where they are entering.
Another way to repel them is if you scatter some lemon peels in front of your entrance door. It may not look so good, but you can do it over night, and always remove them in case you are expecting some guests.
These intruders will get the idea they are not welcomed.
You can also spray lemon juice mixed with water over your floor to fight fleas and roaches as well, so, keep lemons always in your fridge, as you’ll never know when you are gonna need them. They simply hate that citrus smell.
As they always go for the sugar, you can fool them instead. Check where they are headed or where do they come from, and sprinkle some cayenne pepper.
Instead of sweet tooth, they’ll get a hot one quite unexpectedly.
6. Another Citrus Solution – Oranges
As lemons works their magic, oranges can do the same. For this matter, you can use a blender to make a smooth puree of orange peels diluted with 1 cup of warm water.
Pour the solution wherever you find them: your garden, patio and foundation of your home and observe how these little pests are going away to a new destination.
7. Salt Them Out
Salt has been used for this matter as a first measure approach to the problem. Sprinkle some salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing.
This is good idea if you are camping. Put salt around the whole length of the tent and save your vacation from any ant trouble.
This is rather cruel method as we are against any life taken whatsoever. But, if you don’t have problem with this, it may be a good method for solving your problem.
Take a flowerpot and place it upside down over the anthill. Pour some boiling water through the drain hole and you’ll be burning down their house and them as well.
Ants and water are not best friends.
9. Boric Acid
Before you use this, please note it can be toxic if ingested by young children or pets. Therefore, be extra careful with this when spraying into hard-to-reach corners and deep cracks.
10. Baby Talcum Powder
Sprinkle this powder around foundations of your house, doors and windows.It is an effective organic ant repellent as well as powdered sulfur and cloves oil.
11. Cloves Oil
Clove oil works best when combined with other essential oils, such as peppermint extract or citrus oil.
For this matter you should combine few drops of these oils with a 1/4 of water, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Spray the area around baseboards, under cabinets and all appliances. You can do it and even on each counter top.
Since the effects of clove oil insecticides are limited, you’ll have to reapply the mixture frequently, and spray it directly on the insects whenever possible.
As our little “friends” hate the smell of vinegar, you can use this knowledge against them. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray it on all anthills where you see the insects.
In case you have lots of anthills around your garden or property, pour undiluted vinegar to win your fight.
Vinegar’s smell disappears over time, so remember to spray as often as necessary.
Ants can’t stand powerful smell like essential oils, garlic, lavender and yes, vinegar, and what may seem harmless to us is actually incredibly irritating to them.
Vinegar affects their behavior, but can’t kill them.
As they are walking the ground, they are leaving traces of pheromones used as their communication signals. Vinegar blocks theses signals with its overpowering smell and cut their communication.
That is why they step back.
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Cinnamon has been shown as an effective household ant repellent. Its powerful smell discourages them from entering your home and your kitchen.
You can use it by making a solution: ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil added in a cup of water. Use this solution to soak a cotton ball and wipe the areas affected by ants.
Repeat on a daily basis until they are gone.
14. Cucumber Peel
Using bitter cucumber are good solution, as ants can’t stand its taste. It is quite simple. Peel a cucumber and scatter its peels in all areas where you have seen any ant activities.
Repeat the procedure until full extermination.
15. Liquid Dish Soap
Dish soap can also work as an effective ant repellent. It can suffocate ants, causing them to die. You can try this if you have problem with cockroaches too.
You can try this by mixing 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and baking soda, in a cup of water. Spread this solution too all affected areas.
This is also a simple one.
Just fill in a spray bottle with one part dish soap and two parts water, and shake it thoroughly. Spray the mixture and check its magic.
After a few hours, wipe up the dead ants with a wet cloth.
As you can see, there are many ways to deal with this problem and it is up to you to see which one works best.
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