Have you been finding ants trailing through your home recently? It’s that time a year again. Luckily there are many treatments that you probably already have in your home. If your house is being invaded by ants, try one of these household products!
Clean the surfaces of your home with a solution of half white distilled vinegar and half water. Vinegar removes the scent trails that ants use to get around, making it harder for them to move around your home.
Lemon juice does the same as vinegar and destroys the scent trails that ants leave behind. Put lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray the areas that ants typically use for entryways, such as under doors and through window cracks.
Wipe down surfaces with a cloth that’s damp and has a few drops of essential peppermint oil on it. Ants seem to dislike this smell, but it’s environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and will make your home smell minty fresh!
Spices and Herbs
Sprinkle a few spices and herbs such as black pepper, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, mint, cinnamon, garlic or cloves around the foundation of your home. This is often a place where ants enter a home and the smell of these spices will deter them.
Just like spices and herbs, coffee grounds are great for pest control and have the same effect. Sprinkle some of your used coffee grounds in your garden and around the foundation of your home.
Chalk & Baby Powder
Talcum powder, and ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is a natural ant repellent. If you know where the ants are entering, sprinkle a little powder around the area.
Cucumber & Citrus Peels
Leave these peels in areas known to have ant activity. These peels are toxic to the types of fungi that ants feed on so they will avoid them.
Putting a very thin line of dish soap around baseboards, windows, doors and wherever else you think ants may be entering your home with help keep them out.