Everyone knows there's hardly anything worse than finding an unwanted pest in your apartment or home. One of the most frustrating beliefs is that a person can get rid of an ant infestation easily. However, ants are too easy to attract and much more difficult to deal with.
Do you see any ants on your kitchen floor or countertop? If you do, you most probably know the drill when it comes to insects.
No matter how harmless that can seem, no one likes discovering them inside their houses. They can damage your plants, property, and, what's even worse - get into your food!
The most common types of ants invading our houses on a regular basis are pavement, carpenter, acrobat, pharaoh, and odorous in-door ants.
When noticing any type of these ants in their houses, most people opt for using commercial pesticides. Though they're quite affordable, they may be very harmful to your family members and four-legged friends.
Other people contact professionals to get rid of the ant infestation, believing they can deal with the ants while keeping the family safe. While exterminators can do their job most effectively, their services often aren't that cost-effective.
Fortunately, some all-natural ways to get rid of ants exist. Using them, you can surely keep ants at bay!
Cinnamon. As ants can't stand the smell of cinnamon, its essential oil is a great way to deal with house ants. Just mix one part water with one part cinnamon essential oil. Use a cotton ball to rub the mixture in the area you may be thinking ants are coming from. After this simple procedure, ants should clear that spot immediately!
Vinegar. Just find a spray bottle and fill it with water and distilled vinegar in equal parts. Add a droplet of lemon essential oil and shake the bottle. Spray the mixture around the baseboards and spots ants like. Repeat the manipulation until the insects disappear.
Borax. The gimmick of this recipe is that instead of repelling, it attracts ants. Ants take the food and share it with their nest, after what the borax hidden inside each bite kills them ultimately. The recipe is quite simple:
- 1 teaspoon borax
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
In addition, you'll need a plastic container with lid and a sharp object to make holes. So, let's proceed to the process.
Mix all the ingredients in the plastic container. Seal with lid and make a few holes through the sides of the container and the lid so only ants can get in and out of it.
Hot cayenne pepper bath. Though this method may seem a bit cruel, it does work quite effectively. You'll need to boil a huge pot of water and add some hot cayenne pepper in it. Now grab the pot outside and pour the spicy water where ants are heading underground.
Peppermint. Ants hate the strong smell of peppermint, that's why it's also an effective method to deal with them. Mix one cup of water and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake it and spray the mixture on favorite places of ants. Repeat the procedure twice a day until all insects are gone.
A more long-term solution is growing peppermint plants around your home, especially near your garden and kitchen!
All of these methods are safe, simple, and cheap. If you're dealing with ants and are pretty tired of it - any of these secret tricks should clear it right up!
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