Despite the fact that they are usually harmless, no one wants to see ants in the kitchen or anywhere inside the house. Yet, they get into our food and can harm the property, so everyone wants them far from the house.
The most common ant types are pavement, carpenter, pharaoh, acrobat, and odorous home ants.
Ants have a strong sense of smell and love sweet foods, so make sure you do not leave any food on the table, cabinets, or counter tops, throw the garbage regularly, and even wash empty soda can, as they can smell the sugar remains in them.
Yet, dealing with them can be rather difficult, as a lot of commercial products we use fail to keep them at bay, however have plenty of dangerous chemicals.
Therefore, it is always better to try to deal with them in a natural, toxin-free, and still, effective way. Here are a few of the best natural methods to keep ants from the house:
Ants hate the smell of vinegar, so here is how to use it to keep them away:
- Distilled vinegar
- A few drops of Lemon essential oil
In a spray bottle, mix distilled vinegar and water in equal amounts. Then, add the lemon oil, shake the bottle, and spray all over the places where ants love to appear.
Ants hate the smell of peppermint too, because it prevents them from spotting other smells from foods. In a spray bottle, pour 10 drops of peppermint oil and a cup of water. Then spray all over the house two times daily to get rid of ants. You can also sprinkle dried peppermint around your home, on garbage areas, doors, entrances, or in the garden.
Ants detest the smell of cinnamon, so it can be your ally against them. Here is all you need to do:
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil
- A cup of water
- Cinnamon cloves (optional)
Add the cinnamon essential oil in the water, stir, and soak a cotton ball or a cloth in the mix. Wipe all the areas at home where you have noticed ants, once daily. You can also leave cinnamon cloves near the doors and windows to prevent ants from entering the house.
This is a way to draw in ants and after that kill them. You will trick them to take some of the borax mix and bring it to their home to share it with the rest of the ants, so you will destroy most of them.
- 1 teaspoon of borax
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter
In a container, mix the borax, peanut butter, sugar, and water. Cover with a lid and poke it with some sharp things on the cover and on the sides. Ants will be able to enter it through the small holes, and leave, taking a bit of the mixture.
Here are a few more methods to remove ants from your home: