When ants invade our home, it can be quite frustrating. Once there is ant invasion in your home, they spread out everywhere! You can even find them all lined up in a straight line, carrying bits and pieces of food or soil backs to its nest. The longer this is left untreated, it becomes harder and harder to get rid of them.
Keeping your home clean may reduce occurrences of ant invasions; however, even clean homes can be invaded by ants. You will can expect to see more ant invasions during the rainy season, as well as during the summer when they are looking for water.
Ants have strengthened its immune system, making it challenging to eliminating them just with insecticides. Different varieties of ants require different treatments to get rid of them.
Did You Know?
– Ants have been around for about 100 million years, while humans have only been around for 200,000 years.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of an Ant Invasion
Here are some of the most effective and reliable home remedies to remove ants from your home.
If you find ant hills outside your home, pour boiling water directly onto their home to get rid of ants.
Wrap the trunk of trees with duct tape with the sticky side facing up. Ants and other insects will stick to the duct tape to prevent them from destroying your plants.
Garlic, Onion and Pepper Mixture
Add 1 tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper, 1 onion and a garlic clove into 1 quart of water. Combine this mixture with dish-washing soap, and let it sit overnight. This mixture is an effective ant repellent.
Table salt is an effective deterrent for ants. Using regular salt, begin a line or circle to inhibit ants from crossing certain areas.
Jelly Mixed with Borax
Combine equal parts of jelly and borax, and mix. Place this mixture in the area where you know ants are likely to come for a visit. As this ant repellent contains borax, keep it away from children’s reach. It is very toxic.
Cucumber peels are a very potent and effective ant repellent. Place the cucumber peelings in the areas that are usually invaded by ants. This natural repellent will deter any ant invasion.
Plantation of Mints
You can grow mint trees, such as catmint, peppermint, and spearmint to surround your house. The smell of mint will interfere with the ants’ ability to find food sources.
Apple vinegar, or just your normal white vinegar, can be very effective in killing ants. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of vinegar and water for a potent ant insecticide.
Glass Cleaner with Liquid Dish Wash Soap
Combine 1 part of glass cleaner, and 1 part of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray mixture on ants to get rid of them.
Place dried mint plants near doors and garbage areas. It will prevent ants from invading your home.
Baking soda mixed with sugar can effectively kill ants. Ants are attracted to the smell of sugar, but they are most likely going to eat the baking soda too, which will cause the ants to die.
According to some studies, cinnamon repels a variety of ants breeds, effectively. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon oil to a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball, or washcloth, in the solution and wipe areas where ants are most likely to dwell.
Chalk is effective for keeping ants away from entering your home. Simply draw a line around the places where ants usually enter your home, such as doors and windowsills. Chalk is made of calcium carbonate, which repels ants effectively.
Pouring some baby powder on ants is an effective way to exterminate them.
Combining equal parts of rubbing alcohol and dish soap, creates an effective and safe insecticide for ants. Spray to a line of ants, and it will stop them immediately. You can also use this solution to soak anthills to further reduce ant invasion.
Rubbing ample amounts of petroleum jelly onto a table’s legs will keep ants away from your food. If the pesky ants are always around your computer, you may also rub this around your computer table.
Did you know?
– Ants don’t have lungs. So how do they survive? They breathe through spiracles, which are holes located on the sides of their bodies.
Useful Tips to Keep your Home Ant-Free
Look out for Scouts
You may see an occasional ant wandering around the house. These are scout ants in charge of locating a food source. Once they’ve established where they can get food, like on the kitchen table or garbage cans, these scouts will start calling for back up. A few minutes later, you’ll see a line of ants marching together in your home This is why it is important to remove a scout ant once you spot it.
Keep your Home Tidy
When food is left on kitchen tables and counters, ants will locate it quickly. Soon, you’ll see them coming for your leftovers and eventually make their way to other food storage areas in your home.
It is recommended to wipe food debris on tables and counter-tops often. Leftover food must be kept in a sealed container so that it does not attract ants. Or you may place some types of food in your refrigerator for extra protection.
If your trash can is full of food sources, it becomes readily available for ants. Food wrappers, containers, candy wrappers, fruit peels and more can attract the ants to your garbage.
Take out the trash daily to prevent ants from invading your home.
Block Potential Entries
Track down the entry points of ants. If you find a small hole or crevice near doors, windowsills, and any other areas of your home, use effective deterrents, such as the jelly-borax mixture to stop ants from coming inside your home.
If you see anthills around your yard or near your home, destroy it right away. Pour soapy water, or boiling water, directly over anthills to kill the ants and destroy its home. As long as you have ant hills around, you’ll never get rid of ants inside your home.
The home remedies listed above can rid your home from an invasion or infestation. Always be careful when using chemicals like borax or boric acid.
If an infestation is causing too much damage to your home, it is time to call in the experts. Pest control agents can rid ant both inside and outside of your home.