Natural ant repellent | How to get rid of carpenter ants
This will work with most ants that tend to invade the home, including sugar ants, etc.
*Note: this isn’t an article about how to kill carpenter ants. The focus here is to repel any further invasions, so killing carpenter ants will be saved for any future considerations and article postings.
Getting rid of ants naturally can be a very satisfying and inexpensive way to handle any home invasion, so take a look.
As if this publication, Springtime is just around the corner. Last spring and summer, we had a few ants running around our kitchen area. Nothing serious, just a few sugar ants and whatnot, so I did some research and this is what I came up with from various search engine queries.
Natural ant repellents and why they work:
Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where you’ve spotted ants with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Repeat throughout the day to maintain the efficacy.
Why This Works: Two reasons, really: ants hate the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails that they use to get around
Chalk/ Baby Powder
Draw a line of chalk or sprinkle baby powder across the spot where the ants are entering your home.
Why This Works: Talcum powder, an ingredient in both chalk and baby powder, is a natural ant repellent. Just be careful if you decide to use it: some studies have linked talc to cancer.
Mix together equal parts Borax and either syrup or jelly. Then, place where the ants will find it.
Why This Works: Once consumed, Borax damages both the ants’ digestive systems and their outer skeletons, resulting in death.
Spinkle cinnamon, mint, chili pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves or garlic – whichever one you happen to have – in the area where you’ve seen ants and along your home’s foundation. Bay leaves can also be placed in cabinets, drawers and containers to further deter those pesky critters.
Why This Works: Many plants – including the ones listed – give off a strong scent to repel ants and other insects in the wild, and it works just as well in your home.
Sprinkle your used coffee grounds in the garden and around the outside of your house.
Why This Works: Ants are repelled by the scent given off by the grounds; and incidentally, so are cats.
Leave the peelings in areas of known ant activity.
Why This Works: Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the types of fungi that ants feed on, and therefore avoided by the ants.
Save yourself the hassle of self-testing and trial & error, and give these all-natural remedies a try. You’ll see immediate results and save a lot of money in the process. After all, professional pest control services can cost a small fortune…!
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