Don’t you just hate seeing ants in your home? Although the tiny pests are most often harmless (unless we’re talking about a bullet ant infestation), they can damage our property and destroy our plants. No one likes seeing ants in their home, taking precautions to prevent them from entering in the first place. However, even though there are many methods that supposedly work, rarely any of them are really effective.
Dealing with ant infestations is a hellish experience. It seems that no matter what you do isn’t enough to get rid of them. Some natural methods may work, but they also take a lot of time. When it comes to ants, the sooner you get rid of them, the better. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to eliminate ants from your home once and for all.
Natural Methods to Keep Ants Away from Your Home
Ants love sugar, so it’s vital to remove anything that contains sugar from your kitchen and cupboards. Thanks to their strong sense of smell, ants can “detect” sugar from a mile away. This means that even an empty can of soda does the trick for them. Either wash the cans before throwing them or just throw them in the trash as far as possible for your home.
Of course, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t leave bread or anything that crumbs in your cupboards and kitchen as well. These are the first steps you should take in order to eliminate ants from your home.
Additionally, we strongly suggest giving these natural methods a try:
Ants hate the taste and smell of vinegar. To use it against them, mix a bit of vinegar in a cup of water and put the solution in a spray bottle. Spray it everywhere you see ants in your home and pay special attention to your kitchen and every corner. Repeat the process every day and you’ll never see an ant in your home ever again.
Sure, it’ll smell funky for a bit, but at least your home will be ant-free.
Although they love sugar, ants aren’t too fond of cinnamon. You can use cinnamon oil on the spots where they appear as a natural and cheap repellent. Add half a teaspoon of the oil in a cup of water, and then soak a cotton ball in it. Wipe down the areas where ants frequently appear every day until they’re gone.
It may take up to a week, but they should stay away from your home.
Just like cinnamon oil, ants hate the scent of peppermint oil. Use this to your advantage – add 10 drops of peppermint oil in a cup of water and transfer the mix to a spray bottle. Spray the mix on areas frequented by ants and around every nook and cranny in your home.
If you want a long-term preventive solution, start growing peppermint at home. It’s cheap and quite easy to maintain and it will keep various pests including ants away from your home.
If you need to turn up the heat, Borax can help. A mix made of Borax, sugar, and water can kill whole colonies of ants if everything else fails. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 teaspoon of Borax
- 1 teaspoon of water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
Mix the ingredients in a plastic container, then cover it with a lid and poke holes with a knife on it. Make larger holes to the side so ants can enter it. They will take tiny bits of the sweet Trojan “cake” and take a bit of Borax in their homes, which will slowly eliminate the whole colony.
Yes, it’s a bit cruel, but when everything else fails, it’s time to bring out the big guns.