Natural remedies for ants may not seem as exciting as an over the counter product, but they are still effective alternatives to harsher methods of getting rid of these pesky insects. Home remedies for ants are usually simple items you can purchase or make at home to keep ants away in your house. These usually include making sure that the floors in your house are clean, by filling in all the cracks on your walls, or even simply keeping the floors clean in any pieces of food left. They also often include creating molds and creating unique remedies like vinegar and water solutions for ant repellent. However, if your problems with ants are severe, you should consult a professional pest control company. Professional pest control companies have the knowledge and experience needed to identify the specific pests that are troubling your home, and the proper treatments that will be most effective.
Applying Essential Oils
Other natural remedies for ants involve applying essential oils. Essential oils are natural ways of repelling insects and are usually used in natural ways of cleaning as well. One of the most effective uses for essential oils is that of lemon juice. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is an acid that bites the surface of the pests on the surface of the wood, and slowly works its way deep into the wood, weakening their body and paralyzing them. You can also dilute the juice with water and apply it to cracks in wood that are infected, or place a few drops around the perimeter of your furniture where the ants are most abundant.
Another of the many natural ways to get rid of ants is to use vinegar. Vinegar has natural antiseptic properties which work great at getting rid of small ants. To apply, just pour a small amount of vinegar onto a sponge, and rub into cracks around the baseboards and appliances in the room where you see the ants. Do this for several hours every day, and soon the pest will become weak and fall off.
Cinnamon has also been used for years in natural ant killer recipes. If you use cinnamon in this recipe, you may find that the results are even more effective than with other natural remedies for ants. Place one teaspoon of ground cinnamon on a piece of bread. Bite into it, let the cinnamon sediments settle for about 10 minutes, then wash the cinnamon with warm water. This will make a wonderful natural ant killer, as the cinnamon will break down over time into a fine dust.
There are many other natural remedies for getting rid of ant colonies in the home, so keep reading. In my next article, we will take a look at how to use vinegar to kill them. Then, we will take a look at some different options for using citrus as a killer. We will examine how to clean up abandoned nests and then finish our discussion about garages and nests.
As the ants are killed, the bait must also be cleaned up to prevent re-infestation. You can mix a few tablespoons of bleach with water to make a solution, then apply the solution to the area where the ants were killed. Wipe down the area with a scrub brush or paper towels, and then repeat the cleaning process. This will kill any lingering ants, as well as deter future ants from building their nest. Ants will also be discouraged from coming back to that spot after using the solution to kill off all of the existing ants, since there won’t be any ants left to feed on. If there are no detergent-free solutions available, you may want to use an insecticidal soap to kill any remaining stray ants before repeating the cleaning process.