Get Rid of Ants with One of These 10 Home Remedies That Really Work

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The worse nightmare for a lot of homeowners is having unwanted guests who try to take over your house.

Ants are undoubtedly one of the biggest and most frustrating houseguests known to man; the worst part is that an ant colony can cause serious structural damage to your home.

A few varieties of ants have been known to bite humans, while other varieties like carpenter ants prefer going at building materials.

While pest management can be a chore, it doesn’t have to be so. Check out the following household products that get rid of any of the 12,000 different ant varieties from your home.

  1. Lemon Juice

This method doesn’t necessarily kill ants. Lemon juice naturally repels them with its odour and acidity that distort an ant’s ability to smell, thereby leaving ants unable to find with and follow their original path.

2. Chalk

Chalk contains considerable amounts of calcium carbonate is effective in keeping ants away.

Apply powdered chalk to entry points around your house and watch ants completely avoid your home. In order to successfully keep ants out of your home, you can also draw chalk lines at entrances.

3. Vinegar

Wipe where you’ve spotted ants in your house with a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar. Repeat this action multiple times daily.

Vinegar helps remove scent trails left behind by ants. These trails are used by ants to find their way around. Ants are known to really despise the scent of vinegar.

4. Baking Soda and Powdered Sugar

Attract ants to dangerous quantities of baking soda infused with powdered sugar and a few droplets of essential oil.

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Baking soda gets the job done by harming their digestive system, which causes them to implode and die in little to no time.

5. Borax

Create a deadly Borax mixture by combining one part Borax with three parts powdered sugar. Then, fill tiny containers with this sugary mixture and place it around areas where ants frequent.

The ants that come across this mixture will not only eat but also take some Borax home with them to kill their compatriots.

6. Coffee Grounds

Have you considered sprinkling coffee grounds within and outside your home? Ants are repelled by the smell emitted by ground coffee beans.

When sprinkled on your home garden, coffee grounds serve as pest control, and they are also great for the health of your soil.

7. Boiling Water and Soap

This method is used for attacking ant mounds when you locate the ants’ nest. Simply apply a carefully concocted mixture of hot water and soap.

When applied correctly, the mixture is sure to kill every single ant inside. It’s time to take the battle to the intruders.

8. Ground Pepper

Ants are not fond of pepper for obvious reasons. Ants detest pepper of all shapes and sizes, so the surest way to get rid of ants is to sprinkle pepper around your house especially near entrances and around their trails.

9. Molasses

It might seem counterintuitive to use the ultra sweet syrup to eliminate sugar-loving ants. But while molasses doesn’t kill ants on its own, it masks the scent and insecticidal properties of ant-killing mixtures.

 

Adding orange oil to a mix of Borax and molasses softens the bodies of ants, thereby making them easier to kill and remove them.

10. Sanitation

It’s harder to get rid of ants than it is to never have them in your home in the first place.

 

The most effective way to keep ants out of your home is to make it as clean as possible. Ants and generally all insects are attracted to dirty and unkempt environments. Keeping your home clean is a tested and trusted way to keep ants out of your sanctuary.

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