Despite the fact that they are generally harmless, no one wants to see ants in the kitchen or anywhere inside the home. Yet, they get into our food and can damage the property, so everyone wants them far from the home.
The most common ant types are pavement, carpenter, pharaoh, acrobat, and odorous house ants.
Ants have a strong sense of smell and love sugary foods, so make sure you do not leave any food on the table, cupboards, or countertops, throw the garbage often, and even wash empty soda can, as they can smell the sugar remains in them.
Yet, dealing with them can be quite difficult, as most commercial products we use fail to keep them at bay, but are full of harmful chemicals.
Therefore, it is always better to try to deal with them in a natural, toxin-free, and still, effective way. Here are some of the best natural ways to keep ants out of the home:
Ants hate the smell of vinegar, so here is how to use it to keep them away:
- Distilled vinegar
- A few drops of Lemon essential oil
In a spray bottle, mix distilled vinegar and water in equal amounts. Then, add the lemon oil, shake the bottle, and spray all over the places where ants love to appear.
Ants hate the smell of peppermint too, since it prevents them from detecting other smells from foods.
In a spray bottle, pour 10 drops of peppermint oil and a cup of water. Then spray all over the house twice daily to get rid of ants.
You can also sprinkle dried peppermint around the house, on garbage areas, doors, entryways, or in the garden.
Ants detest the smell of cinnamon, so it can be your ally against them. Here is all you have to do:
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil
- A cup of water
- Cinnamon cloves (optional)
Add the cinnamon essential oil in the water, stir, and soak a cotton ball or a cloth in the mixture. Wipe all the areas in the home where you have noticed ants once daily.
You can also leave cinnamon cloves near the doors and windows to prevent ants from entering the house.
This is a way to attract ants and then kill them. You will trick them to take some of the borax mixture, and bring it to their home to share it with the rest of the ants, so you will destroy most of them.
- 1 teaspoon of borax
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter
In a container, mix the borax, peanut butter, sugar, and water. Cover with a lid, and poke it with some sharp object on the lid and on the sides. Ants will be able to enter it through the small holes, and leave, taking a bit of the mixture.
Here are several more ways to eliminate ants from your house: