You wake up in the morning wanting a hot coffee. But as you get to the kitchen, you find an army of ants carrying the crumbs you got tired of picking up last night. Calm down! No need to panic! These adorable, harmless little bugs all they want is food. But do they have to look in your kitchen? Yes! You’re right! Of course not! There are several natural methods you can use to get rid of these unwanted intruders.
But before we get to the point of looking for ways to fight ants, it’s best to keep them out. There are several things you can do in your daily routine if you don’t want unwanted visits. Ants are attracted by the smell of food and, above all, by sugar.
Therefore, it is best not to leave sugar or bread crumbs on the kitchen counter, as this will attract ants. When using the kitchen and counter, disinfect all surfaces with vinegar or lemon. The smell of these two products will keep them away. Finally, you can put mint pots on your balcony. Another useful trick that will keep ants away from your home and keep mint fresh for cooking.
However, if the ants have already entered your home, follow the following tricks we have found to get rid of these nice but annoying insects.
Ants don’t like vinegar at all. Make a solution of half water and half vinegar and sprinkle it directly on the ants. They will leave immediately. You can also spray on all possible entry points, such as doors and windows, and then wipe them with a cloth.
The ants won’t come back, as they hate the smell. Finally, you can use white vinegar to mop instead of your usual detergent if you want better results.
Mint is the best insect repellent. Due to the strong odor, it repels ants. Sprinkle a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton pad and through all doors and windows. You can also put some cotton soaked in essential oil in your closets to be sure.
Also, plant mint pots near windows and doors. Ants won’t come in, and your house will also smell fresh.
3. Lemon or orange juice
Lemon and orange have a sour odor that disgusts ants and makes it difficult to locate food. You can sprinkle with lemon or orange juice as many points of entry as possible, paying more attention to the kitchen. If you want, you can boil orange or lemon peels and make your deodorant and insect repellent at the same time.
Put some soaked cotton in this solution in the closets, near windows and doors, or anywhere else you want in your home. Your house will smell great, and the ants will disappear.
4. Leaves of laurel
Like the above, bay leaves have an ant-repellent aroma. Therefore, you can place some bay leaves in all drawers and cabinets in the kitchen and especially in those where you keep food such as sugar, flour, and legumes.
Also, you can place a bay bag on doors and windows to make sure ants don’t get in.
5. Baking soda and sugar
Once again, baking soda comes to help us! Sugar attracts ants while baking soda in combination with an acidic substance that ants have to protect themselves from their enemies destroys them.
Place the mixture at all possible entry points inside the plastic bottle caps. Hormi will drain the mixture into their nest to eat it. Sodium bicarbonate will react with the acidic substance they have, and you’ll never see an ant again.
If you want to get rid of ants, cinnamon is another right solution. As long as ants inhale cinnamon, they suffocate and explode. You can sprinkle cinnamon powder on doors and windows to prevent ants from entering your home.
You can also make a mixture of water and a few drops of cinnamon essential oil and spray all the entrances of the house.
Pepper is an ingredient you can find in every house and will also help you get rid of ants. In a bottle, mix water with enough ground pepper and spray all the entrances, closets, and any plant you have in your house.
The smell of pepper will prevent ants from entering your home without killing them.
Salt is still a natural ingredient found in every house, and ants don’t like it at all, as they don’t want to walk on it.
So you can salt all the cracks in the house and make sure the ants don’t get in. Just make sure the places where you throw the salt aren’t wet.
9. Maize flour
Ants, for some reason, love corn flour very much, they obviously haven’t realized how much it hurts them. Sprinkle some cornmeal on all the doors and windows, and the ants will take it to their nest to eat it. Once they eat it, it will swell up in their stomachs and explode.
I’m sure it’s a torturous death for ants, but you’ll get rid of them once and for all. Cornmeal is quite safe for the pet you may have. Absolutely nothing will happen if you eat it.
Talc is as effective for ants and safe for your pet as cornflour. Of course, it doesn’t have such tortuous effects, but the ants won’t come into your house.
Sprinkle a little talcum powder on all the doors and windows, and the ants won’t be able to get past it.