HOME REMEDIES TO KEEP ANTS AWAY FORM YOUR HOME!
Greetings readers! In this article we shall discuss some home remedies to get rid of ants in your home. We advise our readers to beware; these remedies are short term and will only be effective in getting rid of the ants that you can see crawling around your home. Nevertheless, they are fun to discuss so let’s get started.
Vaseline is the holy grail of household items. For every problem, an effective solution can be sought in the beloved petroleum jelly jar we keep in our vanity. Ants are unable to penetrate through the thick layer of Vaseline and will therefore be kept at bay if you spread a layer around your kitchen tables or cabinets. If you have pets or young children be vary of this approach as it can turn messy really soon!
Ants use pheromones to find their way from home to the food source and back which is why strong scents such as cinnamon are such a great remedy for the crawling ants you can see around your home. Other strong smelling scents include cloves, pepper, peppermint, lemons and coffee grounds. To seal their entry passageways, make a paste of Vaseline and cinnamon and use it as putty to block their passage.
You can even use vinegar to mess with the ants pheromones. Take a spray bottle and mix in equal parts water and vinegar to spray directly on the ants. You can use vinegar to wipe your kitchen counter tops and floors as well, but this approach will only be effective as long as the scent lasts.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is a cheap home remedy for many crawling insects including ants. It will kill ants as soon as they digest them, so simply mix baking soda with powdered sugar and leave it where you have seen ants frequently crawl.
This method of ant removal is to divert ants from entering into your food storage space. It is not a 100% fool-proof, as some ants will refuse to cross a chalked line while others don’t seem to care and will walk straight over the said line. However, you will never know unless you try so be sure to draw some line over your house and see if it acts as a deterrent!
- Duct Tape
This sounds like a remedy straight out of a cartoon movie. While it does sound too simple to be true, duct tape with its sticky side facing out makes a simple ant trap. But because the ants can always crawl under the tape as well as around the tape, this home remedy for ants works best on areas that can be entirely wrapped around. As a result, this home remedy will work better on table legs or chairs as opposed to a crack in the windowsill where ants are likely to walk around it. If you keep a duct lying sticky side up around your house, you will be disappointed as ants will simply walk around the tape as opposed to over it.
While discussing what not to do to remove ants from your house, lets discuss another household myth to remove the ants from your home- baby powder.
This home remedy for ants was effective when baby powder was made with talc which was before it it was discovered that inhaling talc could be dangerous. As a result, talcum powder is pretty effective for dealing with ants but baby powder? Eh, not really.
- Boric Acid
Boric acid is used to make repellent balls for cockroaches, moths and other insects you would find commonly around your house. Simply mix boric acid with either sugar or honey and place in convenient and attractive spots. Ants will eat this and take it take to the colony, which effectively poisons them and gets rid of your ant problem.
However, we advise our readers to practice caution while using boric acid. Boric acid is natural and fairly safe, but it’s not non-toxic. It’s classified as a Category III toxin, which means that it is moderately toxic. If you have pets and children, you need to be very careful about where you leave this stuff since ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting, throat swelling, amongst other health problems.
It can even be fatal if ingested by pets and small children, so if you are going to use it, do not use it in any area within a child or pet’s reach.
- Dish-washing Soap
Much like our vinegar and water spray, this method of ant removal will be effective insofar as you wait around for signs of ants and then spray them with a mixture of dish soap and water.
- Practice cleanliness at all times!
Not only is cleanliness good for sanitary reasons, it will keep ants at bay! Keep spills, crumbs, and garbage sealed in airtight containers or Ziploc bags. Ants will enter jars that have dripping on the sides or around the lid; as a result, sealing the jar in a bag will add an extra protective layer.
Additionally, pay particular attention to your waste-bins and wash them out on a weekly basis to remove any leftover liquids that might attract ants. You can also add some baking soda to repel the ants.
There you have it! Some home remedies to remove the trail of ants from your household. As mentioned in the beginning, these are short term solutions that you might have heard of already. For a long term and permanent solution, contact American Fumigation for an inspection and consultation to your ant problem!
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Home Remedies to get rid of ants
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