When you wake up to the bright sun in the morning and walk into the kitchen to make yourself a hot cup of coffee, the last thing you want to see is the horrible sight of ants devouring your sugar cubes. Sadly, these tiny beasts won’t only come after your sugar cubes but will ruin other food items as well. If your hot coffee hadn’t woken you up already, a bite from these beasts would surely do.
At times like this, you desperately look for solutions and remedies to get rid of these creatures. Let’s face it, these tiny miscreants are so annoying that the idea of having a home remedy for insects made you think of a solution for ants. So, to help you out, here’s a list of DIY hacks and ideas, along with home remedies to keep those ants away from your house.
It’s one of the most straightforward and most easy to find a home remedy for ants. Although we can’t say ‘why’ it works, it is for sure that this DIY idea is effective and efficient against those creatures.
Chalk contains calcium carbonate, a natural ingredient known to keep insects, especially ants, away. You can sprinkle some powdered chalk in the areas that get visited by ants a lot. Or you can use the chalk to draw lines on their entry points or around your food items and stuff that are likely to attract those ants. This is one effective way of making sure you have an ant-free home. Moreover, the chalk leaves a temporary mark, giving you an insight into the application area and places where the repellant is applied.
One of the home remedies to get rid of ants is to use chalk. Chalk contains calcium carbonate, which helps in keeping ants away. Spray some powdered chalk in the areas that are the entry points of ants or draw a line of chalk at the entrance. To keep ants off your house, draw chalk lines so that these bugs don’t enter. While it is not clear why this line stops the ants from coming inside, it is undoubtedly useful. Ensure you make the line in a way that is out of reach of any child in the house.
The strong smell of lemon may be pleasant to you, but not for the ants. If you notice an ants’ entry point, you can squeeze a lemon around that place or place lemon peels near it. Rest assured, the ants won’t like the idea of entering your house, at least not through that same route.
If you want a wider protective area, you can add a bit of lemon juice to the water before using it to wash and clean your house floors. You can also use that water to wipe the kitchen slabs and kitchen to keep the kitchen clean. The smell of lemon will keep the ants as well as other insects away.
Try to keep your kitchen clean, in general. It is the sweet and small granules of food that lures the ants out. As an extra protective measure, you can just place lemon peels in your kitchen.
Like lemons, ants don’t like oranges as well. They mostly hate citrus fruits. Thankfully, humans love them and love the smell of citrus fruits in their homes.
You can use this to your advantage by keeping orange peels around your house to quickly remove ants from your home. You can also make your ant repellant spray using lemons and using orange as the main ingredient.
You can make your ant deterrent paste to keep those ants away using oranges. Make a paste with few orange peels and a cup of warm water. You can use this paste to prevent ants from entering your house or repelling them away by spreading the paste on the entry points.
If you feel a bit lazy and want a more straightforward solution, you simply keep orange peels in places where ants are likely to visit.
Other than sweet, ants and insects don’t like the smell of most things humans tend to love. Similarly, ants can’t tolerate the smell of white vinegar.
You can use this to help you out. Add equal amounts of water to a white vinegar solution. To make it smell good, you can add a few drops of essential oil and make it all the more effective. Shake the solution well and spray it on the entry points of the ants.
Spray the solution once every day in different areas of your house like doorways, windows, and curtains. This is an excellent ant deterrent and repellent solution that will keep the ants away from your home.
We can’t complete the list of home remedies to deal with ants without adding a complete natural hack. Peppermint plants are natural insect repellants. If you are worried about ants digging holes in your garden and ruining your plants, you can plant mint plants to repel ants altogether.
Moreover, you can simply use peppermint oil as an ant repellant in your house. Sprinkle some peppermint oil on the room corners and enjoy an ant-free home while your house has a minty fresh smell.
There are several other ways to use mint in your house to prevent ants’ entry into your home. You can have pots with mint plants around the corners of your house to have an ant-free room with the sweet smell of mint. You can also place cotton balls on the room corners and add a few drops of peppermint oil. This way, your room will have the smell of mint, and ants will leave your room alone.