The Ants Go Marching
The process of dealing with the sugar happy insects is only made more complicated by the vast number of products to choose from when trying to rid your home of the mini picnic crasher. Not to mention finding a product that will be safe to have around the home if you have pets and children who may get into it. With a little help we were able to outline several products you can use to remove your ant problem – most of these ingredients you likely already have around the house.
Honey and Borax
Nothing attracts ants better than the sticky sweet substance of honey. With a slight augmentation to the honey, you will be able to use their sweet tooth against them. Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of hot water. Then add one teaspoon of Borax. Using an old container lid or recipe card, put a little of this solution to your problems in the path of unwanted ants and wait a day or two. Things should clear up.
Powdered Sugar and Baking Soda
When you mix one part powdered sugar with one part baking soda, you will have a sweet little white pile no ant could resist. Leave a few of these small mounds in the corners of your kitchen or a few well-chosen places in the cupboard. Ants will not distinguish the difference between sugar and baking soda, and they don’t do well with baking soda.
Peppermint has been used by humans to remove other unwanted guests (like bad breath) but can have a similar effect on an ant invasion. Mix two or three tablespoons of peppermint oil with a liter of water and spray the area you suspect the ants are coming in liberally. Make sure to get the peppermint oil into all the little cracks and crannies.
Cayenne and Garlic
Whereas the peppermint solution may leave your “ant shooing” efforts with a positive smell in the home, the cayenne and garlic formula is best kept outside. If you happen to find ant hills or ant mounds, mix two teaspoons of cayenne with a cup of water and a few blended garlic cloves. Spray the solution around where they reside and watch them leave.
Lemons, Dish Soap, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Cinnamon
When ants march in their perfect formations it is due to a scent that they are following. In this way, the ants are “mapping” directions for others to follow. Products around your home like lemons, dish soap, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon act as disrupters to these “road maps” and throw the ants off the trail. Whenever you see a line or congregation of ants, using any of these products will dispel them quickly.
Maintenance is always the best remedy, and if you are finding you have ants every year, there is always value to spending some time caulking up cracks around windows and other possible entry points. Ants also like moisture so look around the house for cracks in the foundation, clogged gutters, or unrepaired water damage. When walking around your home, look to see if any branches are hanging over or resting on the roof of your home. Trim these up as ants will use these as a bridge to your house.