How to get rid of ants from your home!

1- Vinegar Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where you've spotted ants with a 50-50 mixture of white vine...


1- Vinegar

Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where you've spotted ants with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Repeat throughout the day to maintain the efficacy.

Why This Works: Two reasons, really: ants hate the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails that they use to get around. Observe ants for a little while, and you'll see that they all follow the same path in and out of your house. If you eliminate their scent trails, it will give you a serious leg up in the battle.

Warning: Vinegar is not safe for natural stone countertops. If you have granite, marble, quartz or some other type of stone countertop, use your regular spray cleaner to wipe down your counters instead. It'll still help with the ants.

2- Chalk/Baby powder

Draw a line of chalk in front of the spot where the ants are entering your home. It'll act as a barrier that they won't cross. Refresh your chalk line periodically to maintain the efficacy.

Why This Works: No one is really sure. Some people think it's because ants don't like the calcium carbonate in the chalk. Others think it's because the chalk line interrupts their scent trails. Whatever the reason, it seems to do the trick. Try it, and see for yourself.

3- Herbs/spices and Essential Oils

Sprinkle cinnamon, mint, chili pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves or garlic in the area where you've seen the ants. Then, treat your home's foundation in the same manner. Placing bay leaves in cabinets, drawers and containers can also help to deter ants.

Certain essential oils are also effective against ants. Place a few drops of peppermint, citrus, eucalyptus or cinnamon oil on some cottons balls. Then, stick them in problem areas.

Why This Works: Many plants – including the ones listed – give off a strong scent to repel ants and other insects in the wild, and they work just as well in your home. Use something other than peppers, if you have pets or small children. The capsaicin in the peppers can irritate mucus membranes. Essential oils should also be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

4- Coffee Grounds

Sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the garden and around the outside of your house.

Why This Works: Ants are repelled by the scent given off by the grounds; and incidentally, so are cats.

5-Cucumber/Citrus Peels

Leave cucumber or citrus peels in areas of known ant activity to send them on their way.

Why This Works: Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the types of fungi that ants feed on, so ants do their best to avoid them. If you're battling ants in your kitchen or bathroom, switch to cucumber or citrus-scented cleaners. Look for products that are scented with actual citrus or cucumber oils. Synthetic fragrances won't have the effect you're after.

Source: thebalance.com

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