If you live in a more humid climate, you’ll know only too well the frustration of ants making their way unwanted inside your home.
While there’s no reason to start killing ants when they’re outside, once they’ve crossed your threshold and invaded your house, it’s time to consider taking action.
We’ll look today at some quick and easy ways to make sure you see off that ant infestation and how to get rid of ants naturally.
Prevention is The Best Solution
Make sure you keep your home spotless. From dusting crumbs from the surfaces to make sure there’s no exposed trash, a clean kitchen is unlikely to attract as many ants in the first place.
Keep all your food in tightly sealed containers to limit anything that might draw them in from outside seeking a quick snack.
Borax and Sugar: Set Some Homemade Bait
The first part of this trick is to lure the ants in with sugar while the sucker punch is to poison them with borax. The bonus is that they’ll carry the bait back to the colony where their greedy brothers will wolf down the toxic mixture killing them as well.
- Mix up 1 part borax with 3 parts of powdered sugar
- Use some very small containers – bottle caps are ideal - and place them near any entry points you think the ants are using
- Rather than to get rid of ants in your house by approaching the bait, let them eat it and return to their nest to distribute it and you’ll get maximum yield
Use Baby Powder
A more natural approach is to be heavy-handed with the baby powder. If you find ants are entering your bedroom, try placing a small mound of talcum in the corner of the doorway.
Since baby powder is perfectly safe and natural, you can even enlist your kids to help to stamp out the ants in your home!
Spray Down Surfaces With a Vinegar Solution
Get a spray bottle and mix up a half-and-half mixture of water and white vinegar. After cleaning your countertops, spray them down with this solution. Re-apply the spray throughout the day for best results.
Not only will the vinegar play havoc with the scent trails ants rely upon, but you’ll also get a nice fresh smell in the kitchen for good measure.
Invest in Some Essential Oils
While you might love the smell of peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus essential oils, these natural odors will also repel ants for the win-win. Rather than indiscriminately dropping oil around the house, soak some cotton balls and place them any areas where you see ants cropping up.
If you’ve done your best to see off that invasion of ants and you’re too tired to think about cleaning the bedrooms, hiring a house cleaning service could be the reward you’ve been thinking about.
Getting the best home help needn’t be as expensive as you think and saving time can save you money so consider this type of service as an investment rather than an expense.
Now go and finish off the remaining rogue ants while you contemplate this further!