Ants of all shapes and sizes are a nuisance, and once warm weather rolls in, they can quickly invade your home. If ants get inside your house, they seem impossible to eradicate.
Depending on the severity of your ant problem, there are several natural ways to remove them.
As a rule of thumb, if the ants aren’t ruining your plants or yard, you should leave them alone.
Check out these 7 organic ways to stop the invasion of ants into your home.
Diatomaceous earth is a simple, fine powder that can be sprinkled by hand (or in any other way you like) in any areas where ants cause problems. Just about anywhere indoors can serve as a hiding place, such as doorways or holes in the baseboards. Alternatively, you can sprinkle it around your garden to deter unwanted visitors or use it outside as a barrier to keep ants out of your home.
When ants eat baking soda, it reacts with the ant’s digestive chemicals and produces carbon dioxide. Some internet theories claim that baking soda makes ants explode. Though we don’t know for sure, we know that it kills them by drying out their bodies.
How to use:
▪ Take equal parts of baking soda and powdered sugar.
▪ Mix it together.
▪ Add it to a shallow container (like a jar lid).
Place that container near where you see (or have seen) those annoying little ants.
#Flour & Baby Powder
Sprinkle flour or baby powder along the backs of pantry shelves and wherever ants are entering the house. The flour repels ants, so they won’t cross the line.
The strong smell of coffee grounds confuses ants, often causing them to lose track of the scent they were following. For most effective results, place the grounds in areas where ants tend to congregate or directly in their colonies.
#Uncooked Cream of Wheat
Uncooked farina expands in ants’ stomachs, killing them.
#1 part Vinegar & 1 part Water Spray
Clean your apartment with a vinegar and water solution spray to make ants’ trails disappear. Find the nest and spray it all over. Remember that sprays like these don’t kill ants, they just make them uncomfortable.
Sprinkle borax or talcum powder liberally around house foundations and known entry points, such as doors and windows. Talcum powder cream, tartar, powdered sulfur, and oil of cloves are other effective organic repellents.