Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants
There’s nothing like walking into your kitchen first thing in the morning, bleary eyed and ready for your morning cup of coffee only to find that your home has been invaded. Below are some of the best natural remedies you can try to get rid of the ants infesting your space.
Peppermint is a natural insect repellant. You can plant mint around your home or use the essential oil of peppermint as a natural remedy for control of ants. Ants hate the smell, and your home will smell minty fresh! Plant mint around entryways and the perimeter of your home. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and use it to wipe suspected areas. You can also place a peppermint oil cotton ball in areas such as cabinets where the ants frequent.
Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly on the ants to kill them, then wipe up the ants using a damp paper towel and discard them. You can also use vinegar and water as a deterrent; spray it around your windowsills, doorways and other places where you see ants coming inside.
Just like vinegar, lemon juice also seems to destroy the scent trails that ants follow. Try mixing up a solution of 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water and use as an all-purpose spray. Spray the lemon solution around entryways and the perimeter of your home, or any areas where you see ants.
A regular piece of sidewalk chalk can save your home from an ant invasion. You just need to draw a thick line with the chalk outside the door or wherever else they’re coming in from and the ants won’t cross that line.
Use cinnamon just as you would the chalk – create a line of it around the outside of your house as well as any spots inside to keep them from coming in. Your house will smell nice, too!
Ants are pretty fond of sugar but they hate pepper. Sprinkle pepper at the areas from where ants enter your house. This is will help getting rid of ants. Cayenne pepper or black pepper are hated by ants. You can also make a solution of pepper and water and spray it near the entrant areas. The pepper wouldn’t kill the ants but definitely deter them from returning to your house. Make sure you clean the area where you want to spray the pepper solution.
Spreading salt near nooks and corners from where ants enter the house will help keeping ants away. Table salt is one of the best and the cheapest ways to get rid of ants naturally. Use ordinary table salt not health boosting rock salt. All you need to do is to boil water and add a large amount of salt to it, stirring it until dissolves. Pour into a spray bottle and spray where you think ants tend to enter from.
Keep Surfaces in and Around Your Home Clean
What’s the one thing no creature can live without? Food, of course! While you and your family need to eat, that doesn’t mean you need to leave evidence of your meals around the house, as this is exactly what ants are looking for! The biggest thing you can do to prevent ants from entering your home is to make sure you keep it clean, and to make sure food items are cleaned up and stored in sealed containers.
- Clean Up Dirty Dishes: The last thing we want to do after a big delicious meal is get up and start cleaning, but that’s exactly what needs to be done! Leftover food and dirty dishes left around the house are an instant attractant to ants, and can become an ant buffet if not cleaned up in a timely manner.
- Sweep & Vacuum Regularly: Keeping a swept floor can make a major difference as it eliminates stray food crumbs that may go unnoticed. Keeping your floors clean in areas where food is consumed is essential in preventing those scout ants from finding a food source.
- Wipe Down Common Surfaces: While ants are attracted to food, they are also attracted to sweet/sticky substances resulting from spills in and around our home. Wipe down counters, workbenches and other surfaces with cleaning products or vinegar/water to ensure that ants aren’t attracted by spills.
How to get rid of ants in the kitchen … prevention
Proper sanitation techniques can go a long way to preventing ants from invading your kitchen and home. Most ants in your home are simply looking for food, so the harder that it is for ants to find food in your home, the less likely that they’ll stay to look.
To prevent ants from getting into your kitchen, try the following ways to prevent ants:
- Wipe down countertop surfaces. Have you ever noticed that ants tend to walk in straight lines outside and in inside your home? This is because the scent left behind so that other ants will be able to follow the same route to food sources. Using a strong disinfectant wipe to eliminate the ant trail will make it more difficult for future ants to find their way into your home. Alternatively, you can place bait along their path, which will then be brought back to their queen and slowly decay the colony.
- Vacuum regularly, paying close attention to baseboards and under furniture and carpets
- Keep trash sealed and move open garbage frequently.
- Store food properly with airtight containers.
- Seal entry ways to keep ants from crawling through the cracks in your windows, doors and walls.
- Make sure you clean your gutters regularly
- Clean up moist areas in and around your house (e.g., sections of your basement, near your foundations, etc).