By Contributing Writer, Daniele
Several years ago, we battled ants in our home for what seemed like the entire spring and summer! In reality, it was only maybe a month.
But year after year, whenever I spot an ant or two in our home, I quickly try to get rid of these insects before they get too comfortable. Sharing space with them is not on my summer plans – at least not indoors.
The heavy chemicals in commercial pests controls are also not something I’d like in our home, so we’ve tried a few natural remedies with varying levels of success.
Maybe one mentioned here will work for your home!
This is fast and easy and can be sprayed safely on kitchen countertops or inside of cabinets. I also spray outdoors around patios and doors. Spray (or pour) liberally wherever you see ants entering!
Vinegar removes the trace of their scent left behind for other ants to find. This remedy worked very well for us; you can also use apple cider vinegar.
The idea is that ants won’t cross a chalk or powder line, and will turn away. Talcum powder is also an ant repellant.
Apply powder in a line along windowsills, outside doorways or around the base of the house. If you’d rather not use talc, try flour.
Cloves and Garlic Cloves
These are strong in smell and ants can’t stand it! You might not be able to either, but garlic does especially work well.
Peel and slice a few garlic cloves and place where you notice ants in the home. Also try cloves sprinkled around the entry point of ants.
This is a new one I’m trying this summer! From what I’ve read, lemon or orange peels work great to repel ants. Leave a few peels outside of doorways. Try spraying lemon juice as well in the same manner as the vinegar above.
Cayenne or Black Pepper
Ants are always looking for sugar, offer them pepper instead and watch them go! I’ve sprinkled black pepper inside of the pantry and outside of the home.
Of course, if you have little ones or pets, consider which method is best for your situation if items are placed in visible spots. Here’s to an ant-free home this summer!
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Do you have other remedies for ant control?