Where one ant goes, thousands follow, and while they are not a big issue if you are out enjoying the outdoors, it is a concern if you have an infestation in your home. There are many methods to get rid of ants and their colonies, but only a few are all-natural. These natural methods won’t harm or add chemicals to the environment. Here are some of the top ways to repel and kill ants safely and naturally.
- Diatomaceous earth (silicon dioxide)
Diatomaceous earth is a form of silica. It is made up of fossilized remains from aquatic organisms, called diatoms. Diatomaceous earth is not poisonous. Instead it kills ants by absorbing the oils in their bones, causing them to die of dehydration. However, you should avoid breathing in diatomaceous earth or putting it on your skin, and you should follow the instructions on the package carefully when using.
- Liquid detergent and glass cleaner
Spray-on glass cleaner can be combined with liquid detergent or dish soap to deter ants from entering your home. This works by eliminating the pheromone trails they leave behind when they walk. Spray the mixture on any areas where ants are likely to gather or where they might originate from. After spraying, wipe the area clean and leave a light residue.
- Hand soap
Hand soap can be used as an alternative if you are sensitive to the smell of glass cleaner. Any soapy water will remove the ant pheromone smell, and the solution can be used on ant trails or points of entry to your home. However, the solution will not be as strong so it will require some extra elbow grease in order to work.
You can use cayenne or black pepper to deter ants, because they find the smell irritating. This is about as natural and safe as it comes when we’re talking about ant repellents.The pepper can be sprinkled around appliances and baseboards to keep the ants away.
Peppermint is a natural repellent that can drive away a variety of pests, ranging from rats and mice to ants and mosquitoes. To use it, mix 10-20 drops of peppermint essential oil with two cups of water. Spray the mixture on the windows and baseboards of your home, and then let it dry. Peppermint oil should be kept out of reach of pets, especially out of the reach of cats.
Sometimes however, you will have to go with the stronger chemical options when you are dealing with certain infestations. If you would like to know more about ant control, contact us today.