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.
Say Goodbye with Vinegar
On the topic of stinky scents, vinegar is a great one to help send these ants marching.
Just fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white distilled vinegar. Add a couple of drops of essential oil, such as lemon and spray baseboards, and other access points they may use.
The tart and sour smell of vinegar will send them running to their anthills and far away from your home.
Sugar Laced Cotton Balls
Borax is a great solution to getting rid of pests using a natural approach. Ants love sugar, so if you find them walking away with your desserts, it's time to make them their own treats to take back home to their nest.
- Add 1/2 a cup of white sugar to 1.5 teaspoons of borax into an empty jar.
- Dissolve mixture with 2 cups of boiling water.
Soak a bunch of cotton balls in the water and place them wherever you have ants.
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