Normally, ants are useful and social insects that can help your garden grow bigger and stronger. However, house-invading ants are far from beneficial – they get into our food, damage whatever they can damage and can cause painful and stinging bites. On top of that, since they are highly organized insects that live in colonies, they usually come in large numbers. This means that getting rid of house-invading ants can sometimes be next to impossible and pest control services need to be called.
The good news is, if you have house-invading ants and cannot afford pest control services or you simply want to go the natural way about this, there are a few completely safe, simple, effective and natural things you can do to get rid of them.
An effective ant repellent, cinnamon smells great to humans but horrible to ants. Take ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil and add it in a cup of water. Then soak some cotton balls in the solution and place them around your house strategically.
If you don’t have cinnamon essential oil you can use regular cinnamon: just sprinkle large amounts of cinnamon around your windows, doors and other places that you think ants can get in.
2. White Vinegar and Lemon
Another natural remedy consists of regular white vinegar; granted, this one doesn’t smell that pleasant but it’s extremely effective. Here’s what you’ll need:
- White vinegar,
- Lemon essential oil,
- Spray bottle.
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and then add a few drops of lemon essential oil (6-7 will do). Spray around windows, doors, baseboards and all the other areas where you see ants. Make sure you shake the bottle well before every use!
Although ants are attracted to borax, this substance is toxic to them. To use it as an ant repellant, you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon f borax,
- 2 tablespoons of sugar,
- 1 tablespoon of water.
Mix the ingredients together until you get a paste-like consistency and then put it around the areas where you see ants.