During warm weather or rainy seasons, many people discover ants entering their houses and garden areas. It can be very annoying when you have to battle with ants in your house.
There are different types of ants, but the most common house-invading ants include pavement, carpenter, acrobat, pharaoh and odorous house ants.
House-invading ants can get into your food, damage property or cause stinging bites. These tiny creatures can also cause damage to your plants.
Here are the top 5 ways to get rid of ants naturally:
Cinnamon is an effective household ant repellent. Its smell discourages ants from entering your house and scrounging in your kitchen.
Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil in a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and wipe down the areas where ants may enter and dwell. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone. You can also put ground cinnamon and whole cloves near entry points.
2. White Vinegar
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Add a few drops of any essential oil and shake the bottle thoroughly. Spray this solution around baseboards and other entry points. After an hour, wipe up the ants using a damp paper towel and discard them. Repeat once daily until the ants are completely gone.
Borax is toxic to ants and helps rid them from your house and garden. Ants are attracted to it and, when ingested, it ultimately kills them.
Mix equal amounts of borax and food jelly. Put it on a flat plate in the areas where you have ants. Alternatively, mix borax with granulated sugar in a 1:3 ratio. Add enough water to get a syrup-like consistency. Put this paste in the areas where you see ants.
The smell deters ants and its acidic property masks their scent trails. Rub some lemon juice on door thresholds, windowsills and other possible areas where ants are getting in.
Use these remedies every few days until the ants are completely gone.
5. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
The microscopic razor sharp edges of DE can cut through the ants’ exoskeletons, gradually causing their body to dry out.
Gently sprinkle a thin layer of DE on windowsills, beneath the fridge, under cabinets, in and around garbage cans and any other places where you see ants. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone.