In this article, our pest and termite guru in Sydney lists out six natural anti-ant treatments for an ant infestation in your residence. The best part is they are all do it yourself (DIY) tricks.
Ants scampering around the house are not a pretty sight. You would rather they disappear. Though saying “abracadabra” won’t help in this case, there are various natural treatments that, when used promptly, will ensure ants are prevented from entering your home and yield the desired results.
An ant infestation at your beautiful Sydney home is not just a pain in the neck. It could end up being extremely painful for other parts of your body as well.
Without further ado, here are six natural ways to keep ants at bay.
6 Natural Ways to Keep Ants at Bay
1. Water and Vinegar
Vinegar is a common ingredient that we can find in the kitchen. Most of us do not know that it is an excellent remedy for ant infestation.
Take vinegar and water in equal proportions and mix them well. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray on the areas of infestation. The vinegar and water treatment will kill most of the ants following which you can wipe out the dead ants using a wet paper towel.
Using lemons and oranges is one of the best pest prevention methods. Mix one part of lemon or orange juice with three parts of water and pour it into a spray bottle. Detect the area of infestation and spray the mixture directly onto the ants.
A mixture of lemon juice or orange juice and water does not kill ants, but it destroys the scent trails that a team of ants leave for others to follow. The strong, acidic smell of citrus will break the trail of ants and therefore, will keep them from further infesting your residence. You can use citrus peels as well.
A low-cost yet effective remedy to get rid of ants is to use salt or black pepper. Alternatively, you may also make use of cayenne pepper.
All you have to do is detect the problem areas and sprinkle black pepper or cayenne pepper along the line of ants. You can also make a mixture of black pepper and water use it as an all-purpose spray.
You may also boil some water and add two tablespoon salt in it. Shake the mixture well before spraying it directly on the infested areas. It is an excellent ant control method
Cinnamon is a great ingredient that suffocates ants. Use cinnamon essential oil in a cotton ball and leave a few such balls in hallways, doors, windows and other places or wherever there is a colony of ants. You may also use cinnamon and water in areas of infestation.
Much like the essential oil of cinnamon, peppermint oils act as effective pest prevention for ants in your home. Exterminating ants and to prevent them from coming back is as easy as taking a few drops of peppermint oil in a cotton ball and dropping a few of such cotton balls around the house. You can also spray a mixture of water and peppermint oil directly on ants to stop them from coming back.
6. Coffee Grounds
If you are a regular coffee drinker, it’s time to take advantage of your habit/addiction. Sprinkle some used coffee grounds in the garden and outside your home. Ants are thrown off by the scent and won’t come nearby. The grounds provide a double benefit. Being rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, coffee grounds are also great for your soil.
Those were the top six natural DIY ways to keep ants at bay. There are some other natural hacks or treatments you can use to repel ants. These include chalk, cucumbers, baby powder, and food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE). You can also try mixing toxic compounds like borax with sweet food items like jelly, honey, or sugar.
However, it should be noted that none of these are foolproof. If you find that ants are still invading your territory, or you just don’t have the energy to persist with natural treatments, then pest exterminators are what you need. Lucky for you, Termite Treatment Sydney is up for the challenge. For a permanent solution to your ant problem, call us at (02) 8315 3205.