Are the ants scurrying across your counters or floor getting on your nerves? Maybe its time you do something about them. I mean, we all know how annoying and distracting they can be.
Not to mention how unhygienic it is. Ants inside the house can contaminate and ruin the food. They carry bacteria that can contaminate food or wounds. Carpenter ants can damage the structures of buildings. Though ants are usually harmless, some types, such as fire or harvester ants, can bite humans.
In short, you don’t want them around the house. Now, as impossible as it may seem, there are some ways to get rid of these insects. We have compiled a few of the best natural ways to do so.
Important note: these will only work if the infestation is slight. In case of a large number of ants sharing your dwelling, we advise you to call pest control services.
Use chalk. It contains calcium carbonate, which keeps ants away. You can sprinkle powdered chalk in places where ants are likely to enter the house or draw a line with a piece of chalk. It will keep them from entering the house altogether. You could use chalk near windows or doors; make sure it’s out of children’s reach.
Another thing that stops ants from entering the house is that you could squeeze a lemon or keep lemon peels in entryways. Wash your floors with lemon water. Ants cannot tolerate the smell of lemon juice, Remember, bitter or sour things repel ants, but any sweet or sugar will attract them for sure. Make sure there’s nothing sweet lying around, but keep the bitter stuff. Lemons are incredibly convenient for kitchen counters. While cleaning up, wipe away anything sweet lying around, and place lemon peels right away.
Oranges have the same effect as lemons: they drive away ants. You could make a paste out of orange peels, spread, spread on entry points, and then wipe it away afterwards. As for lemons, you can place orange peels on countertops. A natural deterrent for ants, they are beneficial at driving them away from the house.
Like anything bitter or sour, ants also hate pepper. Sprinkling them on entryways, they are another natural repellent for ants. You can also make a pepper spray with water and pepper and spraying it around places where ants are likely to be found. It won’t kill them, but it will annoy them. Just make sure the areas you put the pepper spray is clean and out of children’s reach.
It’s one of the best, cheap and readily available methods to keep the ants from coming into the house. You can put a bit of ordinary table salt into nooks and crannies where ants probably enter the house. Another method is to boil water, add salt to it, and then put it into a spray bottle to make a natural spray for ants.
Ants get repulsed by white vinegar. Prepare a solution of water and vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Shake the mixture well, and sprinkle everywhere, especially cracks and cavities. Do this daily. It won’t kill the ants – it just repels them.
Put cinnamon and cloves in entryways or place them where ants probably roam around. It will also double as a refresher and keep your house smelling nice. You could put a few drops of essential oil into cinnamon powder, so the smell gets more potent, and its effectiveness in blocking the insects magnifies.
Like everything else on this list, peppermint is an ant repellent that you can place in entryways to keep ants from entering the house. Peppermint has a strong fragrance that ants can’t stand. You could put a leaf or two in the nooks and crannies where ants usually go or make a mixture. Mix water and ten drops of peppermint essential oil in a cup and sprinkle it wherever you find ants or you have seen them. Repeat this twice a day. You could also sprinkle dried peppermint powder everywhere in your house.
All these remedies are valid and potent. They also work in keeping other bugs away. So, not only are you dealing with your ant problem, you are barricading your house against other pests too.
As mentioned at the beginning and throughout the article, these remedies will not kill the ants; they only repel them. If your problem is critical and persists despite your best efforts, you should call in pest control. Experts can handle infestations on a large scale. It is a better option compared to the remedies we mentioned. Call us at Executive Pest Control, Brisbane, Queensland, if you have trouble with pesky ants. We offer high-quality services, exemplary customer service and guarantee a quick operation.