Summer is up, and you could see these little creators hovering over food especially in your kitchen. The chemical disinfectants are dangerous for your children and pets, or you don’t want to use them in your kitchen near your food items to avoid any intake accidentally, or they are not proving good enough results as well. Try these homemade recipes to avoid ants this summer; these are tested and proven recipes and recommended by many.
Knowing the Ants in Your House
Before we go ahead with the recipes, let us understand the kind and type of household ants. These ants follow a scent trail using their antennas and best way to avoid them is to break these scent trails hence we use home remedies like essential oils which have a strong smell to get rid of these ants.
These are the biggest ants ranging from 6 to 12 mm in length and red or black in color. These ants make colonies by chewing out wood especially damp and dead wood and are often known for widespread structural damage somewhat like termites, although they do not feed on wood.
These brown colored ants are 3mm in length and are attracted towards the sugary food only. These ants widely make their nests in most difficult areas in pavements and hence the name.
These red colored creatures are most harmful household insects and are most difficult to deal with at home.
Odorous House Ants
These are smallest of them all but have biggest colonies. They outweigh in number any other kind of household ants.
Some Precautions You Must take to Avoid Ants.
While we teach you how to deal with ants, these are few precautions that you must adopt to prevent the harms that these insects can cause.
- Keep your food in air tight containers.
- Keep your kitchen area clean without any food leftovers, especially kitchen sink.
- Keep your kitchen dustbins clean and clear them off every day.
- Try and keep you home dry for the ants traverse around your home for water in this dry season.
Home Remedies for Preventing Ants in Your House
Cinnamon can be very easily found in every household and act as both ants replant and insect killer. Its strong scent keeps the ants away from your house. Keep ground cinnamon at the entry point of the ants, and it works well to prevent them from coming in.
Mix a part of white vinegar with three parts of water and put it into a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on the area affected by ants and also their entry point. The strong smell of vinegar prevents them from entering your house.
Borax helps in killing ants and hence getting rid of them permanently. Just mix a part of borax with two part of granulated sugar and spread it on the affected areas and you will see the result by yourself.
The acidic property of lemon masks the ants away from your house. Just rub a piece of lemon on the area where you see them entering, and the scent of lemon by itself will avoid them from entering your home.
It being natural insect repellent keeps ants away from your home. Just add few drops of peppermint into a glass of water and pour it into a spray bottle and spray the area twice a day until you get rid of ants completely.
Ants use their smelling power to trail the path to the food area, and essential oils defer the smelling sense of the ants. There are various food grade essential oils available on the market to help you getting rid of the household ants permanently. Few of them area as below: –
› Peppermint essential oil.
› Tea tree essential oil
› Clove essential oil
› Lemon or orange essential oil
To build up an essential oil spray just pour few drops of any essential oil, or you can mix two, into a glass of water and put it into the spray bottle. Spray this mixture on affected area twice daily until you get rid of the ants altogether and voila the magic was done.
Just like essential oils, vinegar also masks the scent trails of the ants and is very effective in getting rid of them. Just make a vinegar spray by adding water and use it daily until you get rid of the ants altogether.
Just add one part of the sugar with an equal part of baking soda and place it anywhere you see ants. This helps getting rid of ants permanently since due to the acidic property of baking soda is poisonous for ants.
Just draw a double layer of chalk around the vicinity of the ants and voila you would prevent them from crossing the line, and if they inhale it, they will go straight to heaven.
Liquid Dish Soap
Interestingly liquid soap can also be used as an ant repellent, just mix a part of liquid soap with water and spray on the affected area and your job is done.
Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade
This food grade powdered chemical is not dangerous for pets and children, however, is very effective in killing ants. This is said to contain fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. It sticks to the body of insects and kills them by drying them out. This is readily available in the market and can be even bought online to treat your house for ants.