Getting rid of ants is harder than it looks, but there are some homemade solutions such as mixing salt, vinegar, lemon, and water that can help to make them go away for some time.
This article will help you in how to get rid of ants and will show you good practices that will prevent ants from returning to your home. If you follow these tips your ant problem will be over very soon.
Why Do Ants Invade Your Home?
Ants are brilliant beings; they can track something from very far away; thus, it is normal that if you let something out of the fridge or something spills on the floor, you get invaded by ants from night to day.
This happens because certain ants species are omnivorous; these small insects can become quite a problem when they begin to obtain their food in your home, never forgetting that colonies have millions of them (they need a lot of food).
If ants discover that they can get food faster in your home, that means that they can reproduce faster and increase the colony size exponentially.
How does this happen? Well… if:
- Sweet food is exposed to the open air frequently;
- Crumbs and scraps of food are scattered on the floor and surfaces of your kitchen;
- Garbage is not disposed of properly, bins remain always open and are dirty;
- There are fruit trees in your garden;
- And spilled liquid waste on the floor.
Then you have the perfect recipe for an ant invasion.
There may be some other minor factors but ants are only after two things, food, and water. Mainly, it is the presence of food that attracts the ants, for them, this represents a crucial opportunity for survival of the colony. If you end these conditions for the ants, they will go somewhere else searching for them.
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How to Get Rid of Ants Without Killing Them?
Why shouldn’t you kill ants, you may ask? You can kill ants, but it is better if you don’t kill them all; the best for you, your family, and the environment is to scare them away, even if that means killing some of them in the process.
There are different home remedies designed to scare ants without killing them. In addition, these solutions will not put children and family pets at risk.
- Deep Cleaning
The first thing to do is to clean the house thoroughly to eliminate food leftovers and other elements that are attractive to these insects. Vacuum the entire house, focusing your efforts on cleaning behind the furniture, appliances, and corners.
Clean stuck residues from the floor. Then, rub with vinegar diluted in water and let it dry. Don’t forget to keep your food in airtight containers, don’t leave it outdoors (this includes fruits), and clean or replace the containers used to dispose of the garbage. Also, make sure that the bags used for this purpose close well.
Lemon is another good ally when it comes to scaring ants away. Thanks to its strong smell, it will drive ants away. All you need to do is squeeze the juice from 5 lemons and mix it with a water glass. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, spray the kitchen surfaces, and use it in the ants’ path; this will erase the scent they leave for others to follow.
Incredible as it may seem, common chalk is an effective method to keep ants away. Find where ants are entering your house; usually, ants follow the same path, and you will see them going on a trail.
Once you find it, draw thick lines with the chalk all around the perimeter. Although imperceptible to you, the smell will disorient them, leaving them clueless when they need to enter your house. Don’t forget to reinforce the lines after a few days.
Vinegar has proven to be an effective method against various household pests, and ants are among them. Mix three parts of vinegar with two parts of water and use this solution to clean the floor, and the kitchen surfaces, and spray the spaces where the ants enter. The smell will dissipate for you after a while but will continue very active for the ants.
- Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is another common ingredient of home remedies to scare away unwanted animals due to its intense aroma. For ants, you need to, soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and put them in uncovered containers where you have a greater concentration of ants. Remember to renew the oil once in a while when you can no longer smell it.
Garlic is a common ingredient in the kitchen, so you won’t find any problems applying this homemade method if you want to get rid of ants. Peel and shred two cloves of garlic, mix the resulting paste with water, and shake well. Then place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray the surfaces of your kitchen and the holes through which the ants enter the house.
The strong aroma of the garlic will drive them away.
- Block the ants’ access
Ants are so small that it is very easy for them to enter through any crack. If you want to scare them away from your home, you’ll also need to prevent them from entering, so closing the access to them is a good complementary method to scare ants away.
With a lot of patience, check the possible openings in the walls and in the ground by the way the ants usually use them. When you locate the breach, close these holes with running paste, cement, plaster, or other suitable material. If necessary, do not hesitate to contact a professional to perform this work.
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This spice also is a great method to get rid of ants. You’ll need to mix the cinnamon powder with water and sprinkle it through the entrances and windows. If you can, draw a perimeter around the house to keep ants at a distance. As a bonus, this method will help you to aromatize the house.
Cloves are also an excellent solution to get rid of ants. Grind and mix the cloves with water to sprinkle in several areas of the house. When combined with cinnamon, it is even more effective. The intensive smell confuses ants and ends the scent smell they leave behind to guide the rest of the colony.
How to Get Rid of Ants From Your Plants and Garden?
Your garden is a great place for ants to do their home; it is very natural to find many ants there. There are several home methods you can use outside to get rid of ants without killing them. Some of them even add quite a charm to your garden. For the desired effect, make the following recommendations:
- Lavender Plants
Lavender plants exhale a rich aroma that will involve nicely in your garden and help you scare the ants away. Arrange some lavender plants around the garden, and they will do the rest of the work. Don’t forget to water them often, as this helps to intensify and spread the aroma.
- Orange Peels
Orange peels are often used to prepare homemade fertilizer for your plants, their citrus aroma are perfect to help get rid of ants in your garden. Just mix the peels with the soil, but remember not to bury them too deep for them to take effect.
- Cucumber and Citrus
Mixing cucumber peels with citrus fruit peels, such as lemon, orange, and mandarin helps to combat the fungi that ants feed on. Thanks to this, you can reduce their chances of getting food, and they may decide to go live elsewhere. Just mix the shells in the soil of your garden and wait for them to make the effect. It will also serve as a great natural fertilizer.
- Tobacco Ashes
The smell of tobacco, and even its ashes, is extremely unpleasant for ants. If they have invaded their plants or trees, sprinkle the ashes on their surroundings to drive them away. Just in case, if you smoke, it’s a two-plus one bonus; if you don’t, it’s a great thing as well.
Protect the trees with Rubber, Vaseline, or Mineral Fat
The trees in the garden naturally attract many of the ants, as they represent an excellent food source for them. They can find in the tree a lot of elements that are useful to enlarge the colony, such as leaves and dry branches. If you notice that the ants are walking through the trees, rub the trunk with some rubber, Vaseline, or mineral fat.
This combination will not harm the tree and will keep the ants away since it creates a barrier that they can’t cross.
It is very understandable the desire to get rid of ants; they can become quite a hassle when invading our home without our permission. But it is also important to balance the ecosystem by not killing them all.
These methods can be quite effective when applied, and with a bit of prevention, ants can co-exist in your house surroundings without disturbing your peace or causing you any destruction. The best solution is prevention, but if some pesky ants decide to make you a visit, get rid of them by keeping them away with the methods above.