Ants are very necessary animals in the ecosystem. However, having them in the house can be a real nightmare. Although they don’t represent much danger to us, ant bites are painful. Besides, if you let them roam freely around your house, they can cause damage. You can lose some items such as clothing and food. So, to avoid discomfort, it’s best to try to keep ants away from your home.
Unfortunately, most ant killers are chemicals. Using these chemicals can cause damage to your health and the health of your loved ones. In this post, we’re going to talk to you about home ant treatments. These treatments have proven to be effective and are safer than chemicals. Besides, you will save some money, because you can fight ants with elements that we usually have at home. So read on.
How do I avoid having ants in the house?
If you don’t want to have ants in your house, it’s best not to create conditions in your home that will attract them. So, before we talk to you about getting rid of ants, we want to recommend some measures to prevent an ant infestation.
– Take care of your home’s hygiene: ants are always looking for food. If you leave anything within their reach that can be used as food, they will invade your home. So make sure you clean up any food residue. You should also make sure that the packages in which you store your food are well closed.
It’s especially important that your dishes, glasses, pots and cutlery are clean after washing them. This way, there will be no food residues that can attract ants to your home.
How do I get rid of ants without chemicals?
Citrus: Ants are the enemies of citrus substances. That’s why fruits like lemon and orange can be very helpful in getting rid of ants. Use lemon juice or orange peel to disorient and scare away ants.
Traps: You can use sticky substances to trap ants. You can put honey in places where you see ants passing by. Or you can simply use tape. The ants will be stuck in these traps. But in addition to sticky traps, you can prepare ant poison with yeast and water. Leave the mixture somewhere within reach of the ants. You will see how the yeast intoxicates them.
Vinegar: another of the ants’ worst enemies. Use vinegar when cleaning your house and you will see how the ants stay away. A good way to use vinegar is to pour some in the water you use to clean with a mop.
Strong smells: Certain smells are unpleasant for the ants, so they end up staying away. Among the smells that can be used to scare away ants are: cinnamon, mint, laurel, garlic, coffee and pepper. All you have to do is put some of these ingredients in places where you have seen ants. You will see how little by little they will disappear.
Borax: Mix borax with sugar. Sugar will attract ants and borax will intoxicate them. Another good option to mix with sugar is baking soda.
Chalk: Use chalk as an ant repellent. You can put some on windows and doors to prevent them from entering your home.
I rely more on chemicals
If you don’t believe in the effectiveness of natural products, there are also chemical solutions to the ant problem.
– Hire experts: pest control companies also include ant removal. They will guide you through the ant control procedure.
– Use insecticides: nowadays you can buy insecticides in any supermarket. You can find them in different presentations. There are insecticides in spray, powder and even gel. You can even find specialized insecticides to fight ants. You only have to choose the one you prefer.
Find the exact location of the ant’s nest first. Once you have located it, apply the chemical you have chosen directly to it.
We have already presented you with several options for getting rid of ants in your home. Choose the one that suits you best and tell us about it in the comments about the results. Do you know any other solution for fighting ants that we haven’t mentioned? Tell us about it.