You know the weather is getting warmer when you start to see ants surrounding your porch steps or climbing up onto your counter-tops.
These amazing little insects create miles of underground tunnels, work in packs and can carry an unbelievable amount of weight on their backs.
While these pests pose no serious health hazard, nobody wants them crawling over what you're going to eat.
There are simple solutions to deal with these little buggers that won't cost you a fortune in Raid.
Cinnamon-Scented Defense System
Ants have a powerful sense of smell. They have 5 times more odor receptors than your average insect. You can use this to your advantage when trying to give them the boot. Bombard them with aromas and they will be sure not to want to be where you are.
Even though most humans love the smell of cinnamon, ants can't stand it. Cinnamon essential oil is a natural ant repellent that will have them marching past your door.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil to a cup of water.
- Dunk a cotton ball in the water and use it to wipe down areas where ants may live.
Repeat the process daily until all of the ants have moved out.
You can also leave whole cinnamon cloves outside around doors, windows and entryways to discourage these unwanted house guests.
Hot Cayenne Pepper Bath
This one is a little less passive, but it will get the job done. Grab a big pot of boiling water and add a bunch of ground cayenne pepper seasoning to it.
Pour the spicy hot boiling water anywhere you see access holes such as cracks in the sidewalk or steps on your front porch.
The boiling water will kill them on contact.