Ants are rather amazing insects but that doesn’t
necessarily mean that we want to share our home with them. When you
stop to think about their abilities, however, it truly is awe
inspiring. As a team, they work together to create their
underground homes and they are able to carry multiple times their
weight back to their home without ever complaining.
Although they certainly are amazing, they can also be difficult
when they enter our homes or gardens. Ants cause damage to the
property and our plants as well. If they manage to get inside of
the house, they will invade your food stock and carry it back to
the Queen. They even have the ability to bite, making them even
more of an unwanted invader.
Many of us will step on an ant when we see it inside of our home
but there may be other ways to handle the situation. In fact, when
you look down through the following home remedies, you will see
that there are a number of ways to get rid of ants and to keep them
gone for good.
Cinnamon Scented Defense System
Ants are known for their sense of smell and their odor receptors
are five times more powerful than most insects. You can use it to
You may love the smell of cinnamon but ants hate it. Using
cinnamon essential oil can act as a natural ant repellent that
keeps them from coming in the door in the first place.
– Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil to a cup of
water. Dunk a cotton ball in the water, and use it to wipe down
areas where the ants may live and dwell. Keep repeating this
process once a day until the ants have vacated the premises!
– Leave whole cinnamon cloves outside, especially around
doors, windowsills, and other entryways.
You can also fill a spray bottle with water and add cinnamon
essential oil to spray it where an infestation happens.
Hot Cayenne Pepper Bath
This one may seem a little cruel, but it does work quite
Boil a big pot of water and put some ground cayenne pepper
seasoning in it. Grab the pot with oven mitts and head outside.
Pour the boiling spicy water where you see ant holes, including
cracks in the sidewalk or where ants are heading underground.
Vinegar Eviction Notice
Vinegar is one of those scents that keeps ants running away. You
can use it to your advantage.
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of water and distilled
vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil.
Shake the bottle before each use and spray it around baseboards
or anywhere they like to come inside. Do it daily until they are
Borax and Sugar Balls
Ants love the sweet taste of sugar but they don’t love
borax. It kills them, so what’s to love about it? Make this
handy ant repellent with a combination of the two.
– Add 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of borax
into an empty jar.
– Add 2 cups of boiling water, and stir until the mixture
Soak cotton balls in the mixture and leave them out for the
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a natural ant killer. It comes in the form
of a powder but when seen under a microscope, there are razor sharp
edges. You can find Diatomaceous earth in the gardening section at
your favorite home improvement store. You can also purchase it
online. Humans can eat it and it won’t harm animals but it is
deadly to ants.
Sprinkle the powder where you suspect the ants may be hanging
out. This could include windowsills, under the refrigerator or
around the garbage cans. End of story.
Watch this video to learn more
There are many ways to get rid of ants naturally so why would
you use chemicals from an exterminator? Try these non-toxic methods
and be free.
H/T: Top 10 Home Remedies, YouTube/HouseholdHacker, Facebook/Lisa Woelke, Vegetable Gardener
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