Ants – the little black vermin invade your home when you least expect it and it can take a miracle from above to figure out how to get rid of them. Grocery stores and other big box stores sell many name brand pest removers to help you spray, trap, bait and destroy the evil colony of insects, however they can be quite pricey, have a terrible smell, harm your pets, prevent your kids from crawling on the floor, and generally are not good for the environment. Diazinon, Hydramethylon, and other aerosol insecticides will work but you need to be very careful using them.
How do you start to get rid of ants in your house in a better way? Enter in the new, frugal, safety conscious, nature loving housewife, created by the downturned economy and ready to find a thrifty solution to the problem using everyday items at home. A simple pot of boiling water can be used to destroy an ant hill, she knows, but what if you can’t locate the hill? Keep reading!
First, you will need to see what items you have on hand. Do you have white vinegar? Mix white vinegar and water, fifty-fifty in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down the areas you have seen the ants. Even one ant can leave a trail for other ants to follow so be sure to clean every surface they have appeared on. Another product you can use is Borax, a laundry booster and detergent found in the cleaning aisle at your local store. When mixed with something sweet, such as sugar, ants will consume it readily. The Borax will enter their body and destroy their digestive system, killing them and breaking down their skeletons.
Ants do not like talcum powder and this substance can be found in chalk or baby powder. Sprinkle the powder or draw a line where you see the ants entering your home. You’ll find that they will not cross this area! Another substance to sprinkle around the outer edges of your home is used coffee grounds. Ants and other pests do not like the smell or taste and will stay away from that area.
Herbs and spices such as whole cloves, chili, hot pepper and bay leaves can be sprinkled around the areas where the ants have appeared. Ants dislike the smell and taste. Cornmeal is another item which can be consumed but not digested by ants. Use cornmeal in your garden or fill small cups with it and leave it in areas where you have seen ants.
Unless you are using ants to show your children how a colony works or to naturally aerate your lawn, they need to be destroyed or they will take over your home. Use these tips and tricks and have a clean, safe, ant-free summer!