It seems like it is always ant season! They come in when it rains in the spring, come back when it gets hot in the summer, and visit again when it gets too cold in the fall. If you are like me and avoid using chemicals in your home, you need some ways to get rid of ants naturally.
Ants come inside our homes no matter how clean we keep them! Has getting rid of ants naturally become a top priority for you? With the temperatures warming up, many find that these pesky bugs have invaded their homes. Fortunately, there are safe ways to get rid of ants so that you don’t go crazy. It may take two of these remedies used together to kill the ants in your home as well as keep new ones from entering.
7 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
Below are 7 ways that you can get rid of ants naturally. Most of these pest control methods can be done with items already found in your home!
Sprinkling baby powder along the door frames, windows, and walls can help keep the pesky insects at bay. This is a natural repellent for ants because they do not like to cross the lines of powder that have been set out.
The smell of vinegar is not friendly to ants, so they will typically stay away from areas that have been cleaned or disinfected with the liquid. Vinegar also kills scent trails left behind by ants, so they don’t know how to get back home once the vinegar is present.
Borax & Sugar Combination
Sugar attracts ants, who pick up a grain of it to take back to other ants in their colonies. However, Borax is toxic for ants. Some of them are bound to mistake a grain of Borax for the sweet sugar, allowing the ants to be depleted over time. Borax isn’t pet-frindly or kid-friendly either, so this should only be used where they cannot come into contact with it.
Baking Soda & Powdered Sugar Combination
This mixture works the same as sugar and Borax, though it is much safer if animals or children should come into contact with it. Mix equal parts of the sugar and baking soda to attract ants. Since they cannot digest the baking soda, they will eventually be eliminated.
Cornmeal is yet another substance that ants cannot digest well. Sprinkle the meal around the areas where you see the most activity from ants. They will carry it home and try to eat it – failing to properly do so.
Ants do not care for the smell of coffee, so the grounds can be a deterrent to the insect. Pouring used coffee grounds into ant hills is also effective. The grounds make it virtually impossible for ants that have left the hills to make it back to their home. Thus, their offspring and other ants left inside will not receive food and will eventually die.
Herbs & Spices
Many seasonings we use for our meals give off odors that ants cannot stand. Simply sprinkle black pepper, peppermint, or cinnamon (to name a few) along the doors and other entryways for ants. Once those already in your home are eliminated, you should be ant-free!