5 Natural Ways to get Rid of Ants

It is that season of the year when ant attacks set in. Getting rid of them is quite the headache. You probably want to make them go away fast. The first thing you may do is buying chemicals from your local store, but hold on for a minute. Chemicals in your house, especially in your kitchen may end up contaminating your food. The truth is, natural products exist which would help. Imagine you are in the kitchen intending to fix a sandwich then the spoon coated with strawberry jam accidentally falls. You pick it up, and to your horror, it comes laden with teeny weeny creepy crawlies – ants. To get you out of this mess, try these suggestions.

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is as natural as it sounds. It functions to disrupt an ant’s sense of smell. See, ants depend on their number one sense—smell. They rely on a chemical scent known as pheromones to send back messages to their colonies. When an ant finds food, it leaves behind this scent which acts like footprints and thus a perfect guide, this is why you will see them in a file. When you spray cinnamon on their paths, their communication system goes bust. Ensure you know where the ants’ trail begins from, before spraying Cinnamon oil. The entry point is usually hidden in places like cracks, behind kitchen cupboards and under baseboards. Spraying these places will block ants from gaining entry. Create a dilute mixture of the two in a spray bottle, spray and wipe the trails from the entry point to wherever they lead. Spray the diluted mixture on places where food may find its way, be it kitchen countertops, coffee tables, or cupboards, and wipe with a wet microfiber cloth. Then, using a high concentrate of cinnamon oil, mark the inside perimeter of your house. Apply cinnamon oil in a thick enough line inside your house evenly at the base of your walls, doors, baseboards, windows and other entry points. Ants will never cross this line.

2. Borax

Borax is salt from boric acid. It is safe for people and pets but fatal to insects such as ants. To make it work, you have to create a trap by tricking ants into ingesting borax. You will have to disguise it. How would you do that? Get borax, water, and syrup. Use plain, granulated white sugar, not powdered sugar. The syrup you want to use should be artificial and sticky in a way. The mixture should have three parts sugar to one part borax. Crush the mixture till the result is not lumpy. Mix with water until you have a thick pasty effect. Add quarter a cup of syrup and mix to create a gooey concoction that will lure the ants to their desired elimination. Finally, put the mixture into containers like plastic lids which have small holes around the top for entry and exit. Fill the gooey stuff halfway and place the containers strategically along their paths.

3. Vinegar

Marching in an ant army is one of the riskiest jobs out there, in that, something as mundane as vinegar can end you. Vinegar is acidic in nature. Ants will not want to get near vinegar. It kills ants and also scuttles their pheromones such that, it destroys their well laid out trails. It masks their scent leaving them confused.

Mix one part water, one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on the entry points and the ant trails. It will render the scent useless thus the ants will not use the same trails. Spray on counters, table tops, and cabinets. Spray on baseboards, doorways and windows so that the ants cannot find the scent and thus will not come into the house. Directly spray the solution onto the ants. Saturate them heavily with the mixture to kill them. It is imperative to do repeat spraying to clear the ant menace altogether; two to three times a week should be sufficient. You then may have to look for the nest to ensure complete eradication of ants. Pour between half to one liter of cheap white vinegar into the nest to kill them off.

4. Diatomaceous Earth

It is entirely organic and natural. It consists of tiny skeletal remnants of algae-like plants. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is fatal for ants. It eviscerates the insides of ants. Its microscopic razor sharp properties cut through the organs of the ants, drying them and killing them eventually. You can either use a dry application or a wet one.

• Dry application

It is appropriate for hard to reach places like cracks, edges, floorboards or baseboards. Also, entry points are areas you want to target. Use a duster to apply DE in these regions. For large areas, use a flour sifter. Look out for alternative routes taken by ants and apply DE. Clean off the DE after a month and reapply. Pay attention to possible entry points.

• Wet application

Spray bottles are suitable for this procedure. Wet application fits large flat areas like walls. Spray the large areas and note that wet DE only works after the mixture is dry. Watch for other ant trails and apply DE. Apply monthly after washing off the application. Make sure you cover all places you suspect ants may use as entry points. Put in mind that you may be forced to reapply DE after it rains since rainwater washes it away.

5. Club Soda

The idea of sneaking up on an enemy unnoticed is the stuff of legends. Wiping out a whole colony with nothing but air may seem far-fetched, but wait, voila! Club soda. It is essentially water with carbon dioxide under pressure. Just walk up to an ant hill, pour two cups of club soda and wait. Carbon dioxide being heavier than air, will sink into the mound, suffocating all the ants, including the queen. It does not contaminate groundwater, does not kill other insects and is not harmful to pets. A liter should be enough for two to three mounds.

With all the risks associated with chemicals, why stick to entities that are poisonous to people and the environment? Eradicate ants naturally with these suggestions.

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