As every year, with the arrival of warmer weather, the presence of insects is multiplying indoors. Cockroaches, termites, beetles, bedbugs, and bees multiply enormously fast and can colonize our living spaces. Ants, however, are common insects in homes when the weather gets warm. Unlike other insects that can pose a health risk, as they can transmit diseases such as salmonellosis, diarrhea, fever, or leptospirosis, in principle, ants do not pose any danger.
However, ants can be extremely annoying.
Ten natural and inexpensive remedies that can help you get rid of ants in your home
These insects are not friends of this fruit, as it disturbs their sense of direction. Spray some lemon scent it on areas where you see ants.
Vinegar (mixed with water in equal parts)
Its strong smell will help you repel them and, also, the vinegar eliminates the traces of odor that these insects use to move, so it is very effective.
Spray it around corners and areas where you see ants, paying special attention to worktops, sinks, and windows.
Talcum powder or chalk
One ingredient of chalk and baby powder is talcum powder, which is a natural ant repellant.
It is a harmful mixture for the ants’ bodies, so they will run away from it and you’ll get rid of ants for the whole year.
The smell they give off acts like an ant repellent. Place them in strategic areas, such as the garden and around the outside of your home.
This product, besides disrupting the ants’ smell sense, causes the death of the insects that ingest it.
Cucumber and citrus peels
Ants avoid them, as they become toxic to them when they decompose.
Fresh mint leaves or mint tea bags are good for repelling ants. Put them around windows and doors and through cracks these insects use to enter in your house.
Herbs and spices
They give off a strong smell that repels ants. Place them in cabinets and drawers. Also, cinnamon, black pepper, or garlic do the same job, so try sprinkling those spices in areas where you’ve seen ants.
Mix it with water and spread the result that is created in the corners where you see the small insects and you’ll get rid of ants easily.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.