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6 Household Foods To Get Rid of Ants Easily

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Summer is coming, and that means that soon you'll have to contend with millions, or even billions, of little invaders that want to take your home for their own. Okay that might be overdoing it, but ant infestations are a real thing and it's something you'll have to be on the lookout for this summer. Usually when we think of ants we think of leftover food drawing them in. What if I told you it could also push them out?

These natural foods won't be inviting ants to your picnics, they'll actually deter them from entering your home. That's good news if you have babies or pets, because who wants to use strong poisons or chemicals when something you love can get at them.

Try out some of these this summer, I'm sure you'll be a believer.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils work wonders, whether for your body or soul they have a lot of different benefits. One of those benefits happens to be acting as an ant repellent. Specifically common oils like Peppermint or Tea Tree oil will chase away ants as surely as a powerful poison. Just dip a cotton swab in the oil and leave it around baseboards or cupboards - anywhere you don't want ants really.


I've been around a long time, and I don't think I've ever seen anything vinegar can't do. We know it cleans and has endless uses for cooking, but we can now add bug repellent to the list. In a spray bottle add 1 part water for 1 part vinegar and apply to areas that you've seen ants. After a few days no more ants!

Citrus Peel Sprays

Citrus Peels

Citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons and limes, have a high acidic content. That means that work a lot like vinegar but have a more pleasant smell to human noses. I don't think ants have noses, but they apparently don't like the smell of citrus any more than they do of vinegar. Citrus Peel Sprays are a good way to rid yourself of ants, but they take more work than a normal vinegar spray.

Add citrus peels to a pot and cover with water. Heat until steaming and allow the peels to steep over night. Pour the liquid in a spray bottle and use the same way you would vinegar.

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