With growing concern for the environment, homeowners continue to look for safe, organic methods of eliminating ant problems around the house. Rather than using products with harsh chemicals, take a more eco-conscious route by using common household materials that work just as well in getting rid of ants.
Vinegar and Water
Vinegar and water can act as a deterrent for common household ants. While this may not directly kill large amounts of ants at once, it can significantly reduce their numbers.
Combine one cup of vinegar with two cups of water. Apply the solution using a spray bottle to surfaces where ants have been spotted. An additional dose of vinegar applied along cracks found on windows and doors can further help reduce the likelihood of infestations.
Bags of mint tea leaves placed in areas where ants frequent may also work to deter them from returning. You can also use fresh mint leaves for a more fragrant scent. Although few studies are available to support aromatic herbs as a viable form of pest control, they are still worth trying as they pose little risk and can be used at low costs.
Take two parts rubbing alcohol, two parts water, and combine with one part dishwashing liquid to kill ants directly. Any ant that comes in contact with the solution will not only die instantly, but it will also eliminate the chemical trail ants follow when hunting for food.
Boric acid is a common form of pesticide that is often used to a control a number of other pests. For ants, it can be mixed with a sweet substance – like corn syrup or confectioner’s sugar – to bait the ants before killing them. Use caution in making sure only the ants consume the concoction; pets and children are just as susceptible in consuming the mixture when left out in the open.
Diatomaceous earth is made from finely ground diatoms, which are silica shells that are non-toxic to humans, but harmful to pests (essentially, they look like sand). When it is placed near areas where ants travel, the small shells pierce the skin and cause them to die. Best of all, it’s safe to apply around pets and is completely biodegradable.
Making Pest Control Tricks Work
The key to making the above organic ant control tricks work is to combine methods and practice them consistently. Instead of setting aside a moment to spray down kitchen counters with vinegar solutions, do it while you clean up after dinner; place diatomaceous earth in multiple areas and add fresh powder every few weeks, while vacuuming up the previous application (which is likely to be mixed with dead ants).
By doing this consistently, ants will eventually get the message that they are not welcome. If for some reason none of these work and you continue to see ants, consider bringing on a professional pest exterminator who can help you find other ways of getting rid of ants, even while using organic and natural methods.