5 Tips to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home
Finding out you have an unwanted guest in your home can put you on edge. But having dozens of intruder come in and out of you house on a daily basis can be even more frustrating. When ants come into your home they don’t move alone. These five natural pest control products will eliminate even the largest ant population and help you live worry-free again.
Soap and Water Solution
This quick fix will help eliminate the ants that are currently residing in your home and confuse the rest of their colony, keeping them out. Fill a spray bottle with warm water and liquid dish detergent. Shake and spray the mixture directly onto visible ants. The solution will coat their bodies and suffocate them. The soap will help wash away their scent trail and redirect the rest of the colony.
Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar together. Pour the mixture into a shallow container or bowl, then place it near the line of ants. The powdered sugar will attract the ants to the mixture. The ants will take it back to their nest and eat it. The baking soda kills ants by drying out their bodies and disrupting their natural chemistry.
This chemical is similar to baking soda in nature. Mix borax with water, sugar and peanut butter. Then take a plastic container and punch a few holes into it. Fill the container with the borax mixture and put the lid on tightly. Any ants in the area will be drawn to the container because of the peanut butter and sugar in the mixture. Borax is poisonous to other animals, so keep your pets away from the container.
An ant won’t cross over a chalk line: fact! Chalk will disrupt their pheromone trails and throw off their communication with the other members of their colony. Drawing a line of chalk between the ants entrance and their food source will stop them from accessing the food. If you choose this method you must redraw or pour this chalk line regularly.
Vinegar works in a similar fashion to chalk—by destroying pheromone trails. You can see this in action with a simple experiment. Spray a circle around a line of ants. The ants inside the circle will be cut off the scent trail will start to wander around aimlessly without markings to lead them. The smell of vinegar scares away ants because it ruins their pheromone trails so spray it around any areas where they can enter your home.