There’s absolutely nothing like strolling into your kitchen first thing in the morning, ready for your morning cup of coffee only to discover that your home has been invaded by ants. These tiny insects are among the most significant pests and getting rid of them can be a huge pain. Finding the right natural ant deterrent can be a truly challenging task!
Ants will not cross a chalk line. While this may seem silly, it’s a fact! The powdery substance disrupts the insects’ pheromone trails, the scent markings which an ant uses to interact with the other members of its colony. Drawing a fresh line of chalk or pouring a line of chalk powder between the ants’ points of entry and their desired food source (e.g., your kitchen, cabinets, cooking area, trash, etc) will prevent them from reaching their location.
- Soap & Water
For a quick fix that will eliminate the ants currently in your home and keep their brethren at bay long enough for you to blend a more permanent solution, a basic mixture of soap and water will suffice. Simply fill a spray bottle with warm water, add a liberal amount of liquid dish detergent, shake and spray. The soap will coat the ants’ bodies and suffocate them while simultaneously removing their scent trail so the rest of the nest won’t be able to find whatever scrumptious snack to which it previously led.
Another of our favorite and most useful natural household items, vinegar is also an excellent natural solution for repelling the ant invasion. Like chalk, vinegar works by destroying the ants’ pheromone tracks. You can, in fact, see this impact in action by spraying a mixture of vinegar and water in a circle around a group of marching ants. Cut off from their scent markings, the line of ants will almost immediately break apart and the insects will start to wander around aimlessly, truly lost without their scent path to direct them.
- Peppermint Oil Ant Repelling Spray
Ants greatly dislike the smell of peppermint, most likely due to the fact that it hinders their ability to communicate through pheromone markings. While growing peppermint around your home is one possible approach for utilizing this popular herb to deter ants (and other bugs), you can also mix up a peppermint essential oil and water solution — about 10 drops in a small bottle of water– to spray windowsills and door frames or directly onto lines of marching ants to get rid of these pests. At the same time, your house will be filled with the delightful aroma} of mint!
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of our preferred natural household products because it’s also among} the most beneficial natural ingredients for so many of life’s little complaints. However, while baking soda is fantastic for humans, it wreaks havoc on ants by disrupting their bodies’ natural chemistry. Create your own natural ant bait by mixing equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar. Pour the mixture into a shallow container (plastic or metal lids work great) and place it near the line of marching insects to attract them to your homemade bait. The ants will take it back to their nest, consume it and rapidly decrease in numbers.
If these natural remedies don’t bring you joy, give us a call and we’ll send out a professional to sort out your ant problem.