Don’t you just hate it when you stumble into your kitchen after first stumbling out of bed, and before the coffee has had time to take proper effect – because you haven’t even made it yet, you spot that trail of, although very industrious, insidious little creatures that have staged an invasion while you quietly snored away in bed. What to do, how to proceed? More importantly, what to do and how to proceed without using toxic poisons that may harm the real babies or the fur babies? Well here is a list of the 10 best ways to get rid of ants using natural remedies.
Use Peppermint To Get Rid Of Ants
You can plant mint either in garden beds or in containers around your home, especially perimeters and entryways. I like to plant it in containers because whenever there is an outbreak of unwanted insects somewhere around the home, I move the container close to the are to discourage the annoying little creatures.
Your best choice of mint is Peppermint because it has a strong repellant effect on insects. For that kitchen scenario, you can sprinkle peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball and wipe the areas where you want to stop the ants. You can also leave a cotton ball with a few drops of essential oil on it, in the general area where the ants are tracking for good effect. Peppermint essential oil gets liberally used in our household, especially in the chicken coop to discourage flies. We get this one regularly from iHerb. It lasts quite well becasue you only need to use a few drops at a time. The great thing about either the essential oil or the peppermint plants, it smells delightful – unless you’re an insect or course.
Use White Vinegar To Get Rid Of Ants
To deal with an active ant outbreak situation, just make a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture directly on the ants for a fast but non-toxic kill. You can also use the solution as a spray deterrent around doorways, windowsills, or any other area the ants are invading. The acid in the mixture helps to break down the scent trails the ants follow so this is a very useful approach.
Use Lemon Juice To Get Rid Of Ants
Just like the vinegar approach, lemon juice also helps break down the ant scent trails. Use a 1 in 3 parts lemon to water combo and use it in the same way as the Vinegar approach.
Use Cinnamon To Get Rid Of Ants
Cinnamon is also good for killing ants. Use ground cinnamon to sprinkle on the ants’ scent paths or around the opening of an anthill. In a similar approach to using the Peppermint essential oil, you can use Cinnamon essential oil instead. Just mix a few drops of cinnamon oil with water and proceed in the same way. You can also use the essential oil on inflamed skin to good effect. The last bottle we bought was from iHerb if you’d like to try it out and you don’t already have some.
Use Cayenne Pepper or Black Pepper To Get Rid of Ants
Both cayenne and black pepper repel ants.
Cayenne pepper contains a chemical called Capsaicin. The good news for those frugal/natural types of us out there, is ants (and many other insects) really hate Capsaicin, ergo, they really hate cayenne pepper. If you don’t have any cayenne pepper on hand, black pepper will work almost just as well.
Locate the source of the ant infestation problem, sprinkle some pepper around that area and if possible, create a wall that will stop the ants from accessing your household. An alternative solution is to mix some pepper with water and spray the resulting solution at the ants. The pepper won’t kill the ants but it sure will deter them from returning.
Use Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth To Get Rid Of Ants
Diatomaceous earth (often just called “DE”) is amazing stuff. It comes from the fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms. These remains contain silica which acts as an abrasive substance that kills insects by breaking down their exoskeleton. The nice thing is that is doesn’t hurt mammals or birds – in fact, you can even eat it – thus the “Food Grade” bit of the label.
Because ants are insects, they are killed by DE. Just add a very light dusting in the areas they are invading, such as windowsills, under the fridge, cabinets, garbage cans etc, and they become ant jerky – that’s a little joke because the DE acts to damage the ant exoskeletons and makes them lose moisture and dry out – just like jerky. Totally unrelated, but we dust our chickens in DE to control mites, and our doggy to control fleas. It is pretty useful stuff and so safe you can literally eat it. We get ours here at Amazon.
So there you have it. That is some ways you can deal with those troublesome ants without resorting to toxic chemicals. It is much better to approach things the natural way first, in case that nips the problem in the bud and it is unnecessary to escalate to the toxic chemical approach. Besides, having your environment smell minty or cinnamon…y is a very nice side effect. Good luck fighting off those pesky little invaders!