Well, if you dislike ants then this time of year can be a troubling time – especially when they invade your home. You could try and use regular pesticides and those powders that kills them in their huge ant hill homes, but that can be an expensive and time consuming route. Also, it may just not work. The good news? There are many natural, effective and cheap ways to get rid of ants yourself…
How to prevent ants from entering your house in the first place
The first step in dealing with ants is to prevent them coming into your home. Ants have a very strong sense of smell and are naturally attracted to sweet things, so don’t leave uncovered food out on the table or cabinets. Ants will pick up on goodies with consummate ease. Even an empty, open soda bottle can attract them, because of sugary residue. Rinse all bottles, packages and cans before placing them in the trash.
How to get rid of ants you already have
Cinnamon – Ants usually avoid areas that smell of cinnamon, so try the following: ½ teaspoon of cinnamon oil or cinnamon powder, 1 cup of water, Cotton ball or wad, Cinnamon sticks. Now what to do: Mix the cinnamon oil/powder with water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Wipe areas where you have seen ants. Repeat once a day until you see no more ants. Leave cinnamon bars near doors and windows as a repellant for further invasions. Vinegar – Vinegar is another natural ingredient that carries a pungent smell ants don’t like. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in the spray bottle. Add a few drops of lemon oil. Shake properly before each use. Spray around places where you’ve seen ants. Repeat daily until ants are gone Cayenne Pepper – A large dose of cayenne pepper is an old tip that’s long been used to get rid of ants. Boil a large pot of water. Pour in cayenne pepper. Go outside and pour the mixture wherever you see holes, cracks or living ants.
Watch the video below for information and tips on how to get rid of ants inside and outside your home: