Natural Pest Control: What Can You Do When Your Home Has Ants?

Getting rid of ants can be fun with a few simple tricks.

Walking into your kitchen should mean being able to make a meal or wash dishes like any other day. When warm or dry weather arrives, though, you might begin to see small black ants starting to invade your personal space. They get on everything from counters to inside cereal boxes if they are left open. It also seems like they multiply faster than rabbits. With a few simple tricks, you can squash your ant population and send them back outside where they belong.  Here are four things that you might want to consider using:

Sweet Spices

Cinnamon is something that you think about on toast or sweet potatoes, but it’s also a spice that can be used to get rid of ants. When you place cinnamon sticks around the home, the aroma is so strong that it discourages ants from entering. It’s best to place cinnamon near areas where you’ve seen ants before and where there might be cracks in the wall. You could also place a few cinnamon sticks outside to keep the insects from getting indoors.

Cleaning Solutions

If you’ve washed clothes, then you’ve probably used borax at some point. Before using this product to get rid of ants, it’s best to contact a pest control service, like Allstate Pest Control, to find out how it could affect other animals in the home and how much you should use as it’s a strong cleanser. You can mix equal parts of the borax and jelly, putting the mixture on a plate to set out on a counter. You can also mix it with sugar. The ants will be attracted to the sweetness that is added and eat the borax at the same time, dying once the borax gets through their little bodies.

Aromatic Peppermint

There is no better smell in the home than peppermint. Fortunately, it’s also a good ant deterrent. Combine about 10 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle of water. Simply spray the water around the edges of the counters where they meet the walls and under the sink along with other areas where ants can enter the home. Dried peppermint around the doors can keep ants away as well.

Lemon: More Than Making Sweet Tea

Lemon juice can be used for more than flavoring tea. The acidity from lemon juice will mask the trails that they leave behind, which means that other ants won’t be able to follow them inside. You can rub fresh lemons on the window sills and doors or put a small amount of lemon juice on cotton balls that are left in cabinets.

Getting rid of ants can be fun with a few simple tricks. Use natural ingredients when possible instead of chemicals that might be harsh for pets or even people in the home. Call in the experts if there is a large infestation or if you just can’t get the insects to leave.

Hannah Whittenly, the author of this article, is a freelance writer

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