Don't you just hate walking into your kitchen and finding ants everywhere? After spending some decent time cleaning up all the spilt food, they decide to float around in your kettle! Especially in a kitchen, you might feel a bit sceptical about using poison. What if it contaminates your food? That's why we decided to put together a list of non-poisonous remedies you can use getting rid of ants naturally.
Getting rid of ants naturally
Ants have a very well-developed sense of smell, which means that certain smells will deter ants quite effectively:
- Cinnamon oil - You can either use ground cinnamon to leave at entrances or you can mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil to one cup water. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and leave at ant entrances.
- White vinegar - Mix equal parts white vinegar to water and mix with an essential oil of your choice. Add the solution to a spray bottle and spray where you see an ant trail. Wipe down the area after an hour.
- Lemon juice - Rub lemon juice on areas where the ants tend to enter. Use sparingly every few days to keep ants away.
- Peppermint - You can either grow peppermint plants in your garden, sprinkle dried peppermint around the doors and entryways, or add 10 drops of essential peppermint oil to 1 cup water and spray where the ants are present.
Deterring ants with talcum powder
Talc or talcum is an ingredient used in baby powder. It is very effective in deterring ants in a non-toxic way. The talc affects the ants' sense of touch, and that's why they will avoid any contact with it. Simply sprinkle some baby powder wherever you find ants, as well as where you suspect they enter your house.
Hire a pest control company
Sometimes, ant problems are so out of control that you simply won't be able to get rid of them using natural methods. In this case, your smartest move will be to hire a pest control company to take care of it for you.
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