From using vinegar to adhesive tapes, these common items which you will normally find inside your home will help you in tackling your ant problems and get rid of these pests for good.
People normally associate spring with flowers blooming and a lot of sunlight. However, this also means that it is ant season and before any of us know it, the sneaky creatures are already marching into our homes without any intention of leaving. However, with the use of simple tricks which utilize household items such as lemons, tape, chalk, and water, you can easily get rid of ants and protect your patio, windows, doors, kitchen, and just about any place where these crawlies might get into. Hopefully, one of these techniques will do just the trick for you.
Can you spot an army of ants on the way to your pantry or aiming that cookie jar atop your counter? Take out an adhesive tape and surround the object with tape, similar to creating a barricade. Do not forget to place the sticky side up so that the critters will have nowhere to go.
If you are fed up with sharing your home with these ants or roaches, say goodbye to them by sprinkling a good amount of boric acid on crevices or cracks where you have seen the intruders. To blow the powder into those hard to reach areas, a good baster ought to do the trick. However, remember that boric acid may be dangerous to pets or young children if ingested.
To successfully get rid of ants, draw a line around their entry points. Calcium carbonate, which is found in chalk, is a natural repellent against these creepy crawlies. Additionally, scattering chalk around your favorite garden plants can also repel slugs.
Apparently, flour is not only limited for your baking needs. Sprinkle a good amount of it along your pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or wherever you see ants entering. Repelled by the components and smell of flour, ants will not dare to cross the line.
If you find fire ants plaguing your patio or yard and you are annoyed by always getting bitten by these small attackers, the use of flowerpots can help you control the problem. Look for the anthill and place a flowerpot upside down over it. Through the hole in the pot, pour scalding hot water and burn down the house.
Another sure fire way to get rid of ants is by using the lemon treatment — you do not need all those fancy ant traps and expensive insecticides. Squirt lemon juice on windowsills and door thresholds. Next, do the same into cracks or holes where ants normally get in. You can also scatter some lemon peel and slices around the entrance of your home. Surely, ants will get the message that you are trying to tell them.
You can also get rid of ants found in your patio or garden using this excellent source of Vitamin C (as in Control). To make an effective ant control solution, make a puree using orange peels and 1 cup water with your blender and pour the mixture over anthills to send the critters packing.