Ants can be a real nuisance especially if you have babies and kids at home. It is important to keep your floors, kitchen and furniture squeaky clean to keep pests and ants away. Below are the best ways to get rid of ants naturally without using toxic sprays and cleaners-
Keep your kitchen clean:
Cleanliness is important if you want to keep ants away-
- Don’t leave the dirty dishes unattended. It is wise that once you have used them, wash them clean.
- Kitchen garbage, like unwanted leftover food, vegetable peels and fish scales, should not be kept in the kitchen trash-box for a long time. Try to throw them away as early as possible.
- Make sure that sauce bottles, jam jars and honey containers don’t have any residue left behind.
These steps will make sure that ants don’t invade the house in the first place.
Barrier at the entrance:
- Now, try to block the entrance. If you are already familiar with the zones that serve as the entrance facilitator for those tiny regiments, use soapy water or water to which mint oil has been and they act wonderfully well in ensuring that the ants don’t get a chance to enter.
- Black pepper, red chilli pepper, cinnamon, citrus oil and turmeric also act as great natural defensive barriers and sprinkling some around the entrance zone would ensure that ants not enter your home.
- Sprinkling salt directly on their path would deter them from entering your home.
- Ants are not fond of scents of garlic and camphor. Sprinkle them in the ant-friendly zones.
- Put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and place it in areas that are prone to ants.
The natural ant-repellent:
Use the good old lemons to your advantage. Squeeze out lemon juice and pour them in ant holes. Squirt some along the window sills and thresholds. Also try scattering some lemon rinds around the entrance zone. Ants detest lemons and hence they will surely receive the message that they are just not welcome!
Cayenne pepper can help get rid of it. Pour the pepper down the ant hole.
Sprinkle some flour along the backs of pantry shelves and wherever you see ants entering the house.