Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother
Do you hate ants as much as I do? If you landed on my blog, chances are you are looking for natural remedies to get rid of them. Since moving out to the country, creepie crawlies have become more of a problem in our home. These ants can be tiny, sometimes huge, and they bite!
This article will teach you how to get rid of ants naturally.
How Do I Stop an Ant Infestation?
It’s crucial that you stop the infestation as soon as you witness any evidence of ants inside your home. I generally spot them as soon as they start making a presence.
Understand the Habits of the Ants
Learning the habits of the ants that are cohabiting with you is a great first step to eliminating them (hopefully) forever! Yes, wishful thinking, I know. Are the ants searching for food during the day? At night? Where are the nests located? Some nests are located within wooden walls, bathrooms, kitchens, air conditioners, heating units, or frames of your home. Understanding and studying their behaviour will help you tackle this problem as quickly as possible.
Use A Vinegar Spray Along All of Their Entry Points
If using chemicals in your home is also a no-no, you can try using vinegar as an alternative. Vinegar has a very strong odor and may deter them from entering your home in the first place. Did you know that vinegar can confuse the ants by stopping their main method of communicating?
Simply add one cup of vinegar and one cup of water into a spray bottle and shake the ingredients. You are now ready to spray the diluted vinegar on the entry points and begin tackling those pesky little creatures!
Block The Ants Entry Points
If at all possible, plug the holes and cracks with sturdy materials to protect against the ants from coming back in. Ants will nevertheless find ways to get back into your house as long as there is food inside. I like to store food and cereals in plastic containers to keep them out of our food. Also, make sure you keep your counters tidy and crumb free!
Use Borax As Bait
Borax can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies. Borax can eliminate ants by destroying their digestive system.
To make this simple bait recipe, mix one part borax with three parts of sugar. Simply shake the mixture then sprinkle it close to areas where the ants have been seen. Generally, the worker ants will bring the bait back to the colony and share it with the queen and remaining ants.
Keep Your Home Clean
Ants won’t ever leave your home until it is clean. Keep every room in your home neat and tidy and store food in containers. Vacuum daily if possible, and you should not have any crumbs on the floors as this will attract the ants.
Use Cinnamon as Bait
Cinnamon won’t actually kill the ants but the odor will act as a deterrent. The cinnamon will help prevent more ants from entering your home. Simply sprinkle the powder next to all the entry points in your home.
Use Cornmeal Close to the Ant Trails
Did you know that cornmeal is another natural remedy that can be used to treat minor ant infestations? The ants that eat the cornmeal will suffer from digestion issues and die. The cornmeal causes starvation in the ants and this leads to their demise. Adding sugar to your cornmeal mix will attract the ants even more.
Sprinkle the cornmeal and sugar mix near all areas where you observe the ants in your home.
Apply Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
An alternative to borax is food-grade diatomaceous earth. This is a white powder that kills ants. The powder dries out and disrupts the ants internal fluid balance. To the ants, the powder can feel like shards of glass.
Simply sprinkle the powder where the ants have been seen. The powder is safe, but do not inhale huge amounts of it.
Do you have a home made natural remedy to kill ants that you would like to share?