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Ants

Ants: Natural home remedies to get rid of ants.
It is summer ? here in South Africa. This means that the pests are out of their homes and looking for food to store for the winter. One common household pest are Odorous House Ants ?.

The ants ? go marching one by one hoorah hoorah. They may not be so hoorah for us though.

Why are ants in my home?

Ants are stubborn organized soldiers and are numerous in number. They require fats, proteins, carbohydrates, water ? and shelter for their survival. Basically sugar? and grease attracts them.
Ants have a good sense of smell and follow food pieces. They leave a chemical trail as they go for other ants to follow.

Common hideouts for ants in the home are in the kitchen, cracks in the walls, spaces between the tiles.
Ants hide in the bathroom, bedrooms, behind furniture in living room, behind washing machines, basement and air conditioning.

How to get rid of them:

Don’t just kill the ants you see and be happy ?about it. Their friends will show up soon, you’ll see. Every tiny bit counts.
The first thing you should do when it comes to an ant infestation is to find their home.
They may nest underground, in trees or along the wall. This is usually represented by sand mounted up like a hill with two small holes on the top.

Bird on top of ant house

Cleaning:
Keeping your house clean, mopping floors, wiping dashboards and spills. Yes, that’s one way of getting rid of ants ?.
Being a mother to a toddler he drops tiny little pieces of food in the weirdest corner and I never notice it. Until those ants show up.
Vacuum your house often, trying your best to reach the small unreachable corners.
Storing left over food in Airtight containers and locked away in the fridge.

Ants hate strong smells. Therefore, using things like essential oils and spices will make them never to cross that bridge again.
Be sure to cover up cracks in your walls and tiles. Fix leaks in your kitchen, bathrooms and your whole house.
When you notice the entry spot of ants into your home cover it up. You may also soak a cotton ball or bud in essential oils and put it right on the opening.
Wash your pet food bowls after use.
Lastly, empty your trash cans everyday.

Essential oils and spices

  • Ants ? hate
  • Peppermint Clove
  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Black pepper
  • Camphor
  • Citronella
  • Neem
  • Fir needle
  • Bay leaves
  • Mint

Blends for ant sprays:

Recipe 1:
¼ cup distilled water
2/4 cup vinegar
15 drops clove essential oil
15 drops Tea tree E.O
In a spray bottle

Recipe 2:
Essential oils: Peppermint and tea tree 20 drops each, 5 drops Lemon ? and 5 drops Wild orange or Grapefruit, 3 drops Clove to ½ cup vodka and ½ cup distilled water ?.

Recipe 3:
1 cup vinegar or alcohol
40 drops Peppermint
20 drops Lemon
Mixed in a spray bottle.
You may mix any essential oils and add the mentioned herbs as well. Or Sprinkle Epsom salts with essential oils. Oils with strong smells will deter them away.

Other household substances to use:

Citrus peels: Lemon, orange peels you may put these at the door of their home.
Lemon juice
Baby powder with talcum in it (I tried this and my house was white. Lol. The powder messed my carpets.)
Coffee beans
Boric acid
Cornmeal
Vinegar
Garlic
Vaseline
Chalk
Dish washing liquid / castile soap
Vodka
Salt / Epsom salt
Cream of wheat
Cucumber ? and peels
Baking soda and sugar paste
Borax
Flour
Light some Candles
Ceiling Fan or any other fan
Diatomaceous Earth is a nontoxic food grade. It is great at getting rid of ants while being safe for humans and pets.

Safety:

Please advice all people using your home what the substances you are using are. And they should stay away from them.
Also keep out of reach of pets and children. Place baits in hidden places where children and pets can’t reach them. Crawl on your knees and view the world like they do.

Please do not use hazardous chemicals and pesticides to get rid of pests. They are harmful to the environment, to you and your family.
Contact poison control in case of accidental inhalation.

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA.

They are therefore, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, nor prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

In conclusion: you may use any of these as baits for ants in the home. Remember to get to the source and attack from there. ?

More ? knowledge from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/child-safety/


Sources:

Read about diatomaceous earth here: https://www.essentialhomeandgarden.com/diatomaceous-earth-ants/

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/less-toxic-insecticides/

http://npic.orst.edu/pest/ant.html

https://articles.extension.org/pages/74638/odorous-house-ants

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