25 Views

The Easiest Way To Rid Your House Of Ants

They’re a nuisance, but you don’t need harsh chemicals sprays to control these household pests.

Ants are smart, social pests, and if one finds a stray crumb or spilled food in your kitchen (or elsewhere in your house), they can spread like wildfire, resulting in a tiny two-way highway coming to gather and haul the loot back to their nest.
ant on window frame
As much as I value wildlife, I’m not keen on hosting picnics for insects on my kitchen counter, so I do my best to control them from coming inside the house in the first place and, if they do, get rid of them and convince them to go elsewhere without the use of spray chemicals. Here are five of my favorite ways for keeping the house rid of ants.
cleaning up ketchup
Run A Clean Ship

The easiest way to reduce the chances of small unwanted pests is by wiping or sweeping up spilled edibles in the house immediately, storing food and compost scraps in secure containers, putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher right away, rinsing out recyclables, and emptying the kitchen garbage frequently. This is good advice for the control of many pest problems and makes your kitchen a nicer place to hang out in, too.

Close The Door
door at the end of the hall

If you are seeing a trail of marching ants in your house, follow it away from the food as they leave your house to find the general area of their nest. Then seal up whatever tiny crevice their colony is using to get into your house. Low VOC water proof silicone caulk is a good and long-lasting option. If the bugs are strolling boldly in and out under a door, sealing the gap with a door “sweep” will work to rid them from your house, but won’t kill them. A door sweep is a flexible device that blocks the space between the bottom of the door and the ground while still allowing you to open and close it. Some models install with an adhesive strip or simply snap onto the bottom edge of the door—so installation is quick and easy. Sealing cracks and holes also cuts down on air movement, saving you money on your energy bills.

Throw Them Off The Scent
ant in the houseAnts let others know where good food is by leaving a natural chemical pheromone trail that their colony-mates can smell. If you use soapy water or a vinegar solution to spray or wipe down the path the ants are marching along, it will eliminate the trail, and any new arrivals will not be able to follow it, will turn in place, and leave. This will significantly reduce your ant problem, again, without killing them.
Make Your House Unwelcome
ants

It can be difficult to find and control every tiny entry point to your house. But even if ants haven’t found a way in yet, it never hurts to have a good defensive strategy in place. You can buy safe, commercial ant repellants such as EarthKind’s Stay Away Ant Granules. Or you can just grab something you already have on hand that ants aren’t fond of. Lemon juice works, as do lemon and orange oil, or dried crushed citrus peel, ground cinnamon, cinnamon oil, dried peppermint leaves, peppermint essential oil, peppermint castile soap, cayenne pepper, dried coffee grounds, whole garlic cloves, powder dried garlic, dried lavender, lavender oil, or chili powder. Once more, these will not kill the pests, but they will prevent you from having a bad ant infestation.

For best results, sprinkle or spray the solution of your choice in areas ants tend to go. Bugs also don’t like the feel of food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE), powdered chalk, or talc (baby powder). Use one of those to draw a line across a known opening (they work only in dry locations, do not mix with water), and you can be pretty sure no ants will cross it.

Set Out A Trojan Meal
ant trap

If the other methods have failed to rid your house of an ant problem, you may want to try putting a boric acid-based bait to work, which will kill an entire nest over the course of a few days (or weeks) time, as the foraging worker ants carry it back for all the colony members to eat. Boric acid kills ants but is relatively nontoxic to humans and pets in small quantities. There are many commercial brands, but it’s easy to make ant bait from boric acid powder or borax.

If your ants are attracted to foods full of sugar, mix the borax or boric acid with sugar water or honey, and serve it up in a recycled can bait station. If you’re dealing with ants that seem to be drawn to protein-rich or fatty foods, attract them with a blend of borax or boric acid with peanut butter and sugar. Keep refilling your dispenser until you no longer see any coming by or until the bait no longer disappears.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Singer, Wizkid Gives Health Update, Appreciates Fans For Their Support
Entertainment
39 views
Entertainment
39 views

Singer, Wizkid Gives Health Update, Appreciates Fans For Their Support

Mabel - September 20, 2017

Nigerian singer, Wizkid who a few weeks ago revealed that he’s been battling with an unknown ailment that has prevented him from performing has bounced back. He took to…

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike Assigns Portfolios To 20 New Commissioners… [See Full List] 
Politics
30 views
Politics
30 views

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike Assigns Portfolios To 20 New Commissioners… [See Full List] 

MT - September 20, 2017

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has on Wednesday, assigned portfolios to Cabinet Commissioners in the state. According to a statement posted on Facebook the newly…

Rochas Okorocha Has This To Say On IPOB, Biafra: “Hausas Can Win Election Without Igbos”
Politics
46 views
Politics
46 views

Rochas Okorocha Has This To Say On IPOB, Biafra: “Hausas Can Win Election Without Igbos”

MT - September 20, 2017

Rochas Okorocha has revealed that Igbos play the worst politics in Nigeria saying that Hausas can win election without them. Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has accused…

Meet Endurance Otobi, The Blind Shoe Cobbler Who Is Defying All Odds
Business
35 views
Business
35 views

Meet Endurance Otobi, The Blind Shoe Cobbler Who Is Defying All Odds

PH - September 20, 2017

Endurance Otobi is a blind shoe mender from Delta state Nigeria. He was not born blind, he started having problems with his sight while he was in primary…

Kano Government Declares Friday Public Holiday To Mark Islamic New Year
Religion
33 views
Religion
33 views

Kano Government Declares Friday Public Holiday To Mark Islamic New Year

Mabel - September 20, 2017

The Kano State Government has declared Friday, September 22, as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year. This is contained in a statement signed by the…

Anthony Joshua Names Two Boxers Who Can Strip Him Off World Heavyweight Champion
Sports
56 views
Sports
56 views

Anthony Joshua Names Two Boxers Who Can Strip Him Off World Heavyweight Champion

MT - September 20, 2017

Nigerian born British boxer, Anthony Joshua has opened up on two people who pose a threat to his soaring fame in boxing.   Anthony Joshua Nigerian-British boxing…

Fasasi Tosin Oladayo; The 18 Year-Old Nigerian Inventor With Four Patents To His Name
Inspiring
74 views
Inspiring
74 views

Fasasi Tosin Oladayo; The 18 Year-Old Nigerian Inventor With Four Patents To His Name

MT - September 20, 2017

Fasasi Tosin Oladayo  is a third year Aerospace engineering student. He currently own four patents and he is also the founder of Nigeria biggest telecommunication equipment company…

LIST: 4 Highly Profitable Talents And How They Work; According to An Expert
Inspiring
60 views
Inspiring
60 views

LIST: 4 Highly Profitable Talents And How They Work; According to An Expert

MT - September 20, 2017

When most Africans living in Africa hear or read the word talent the first thing that goes into their mind is music. Music has become one talent…

Serena Williams’ Fiance Is Enjoying Fatherhood And Here Is A Proof
Inspiring
55 views
Inspiring
55 views

Serena Williams’ Fiance Is Enjoying Fatherhood And Here Is A Proof

MT - September 20, 2017

  Serena Williams’ Fiance, Alexis Ohanian is really enjoying fatherhood. Yes, though engaged to a tennis star, he is absolutely enjoying the fatherhood and of course a happy…

Togolese Activist Called Out Yemi Alade For This Reason… Here’s What She Said
Entertainment
38 views
Entertainment
38 views

Togolese Activist Called Out Yemi Alade For This Reason… Here’s What She Said

MT - September 20, 2017

  It is no more news that Togo at the moment is unrest politically and following the crisis in the western African country between the ruling class and…

Psquare’s Beef: This Lola Okoye’s Message On Hate Is Totally Thought-Provoking [See Details]   
Entertainment
59 views
Entertainment
59 views

Psquare’s Beef: This Lola Okoye’s Message On Hate Is Totally Thought-Provoking [See Details]  

MT - September 20, 2017

  Several people on social media have been pointing accusing fingers at Peter Okoye’s wife, Lola Omotayo for been responsible for Psquare’s beef, it even got worse…

Comedian, Klint da Drunk And Wife Celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary
Romance and Love
50 views
Romance and Love
50 views

Comedian, Klint da Drunk And Wife Celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary

Mabel - September 20, 2017

Comedian Klint da Drunk and his wife, Lilien Klint-Igwemba, are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today, September 20th 2016. They both took to their Instagram pages to share…

What We Will Do If Buhari Deploys Military To Niger Delta
Politics
56 views
Politics
56 views

What We Will Do If Buhari Deploys Military To Niger Delta

PH - September 20, 2017

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government against its plan to deploy troops under the Operation Crocodile Tears to the Niger…

We Didn’t Burn Any Mosque in Enugu
Politics
34 views
Politics
34 views

We Didn’t Burn Any Mosque in Enugu

PH - September 20, 2017

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied allegations that it was responsible for the burning of a mosque in Enugu State on Monday. The group, speaking…

Why I Rejected El-Rufai’s Endorsement
Politics
38 views
Politics
38 views

Why I Rejected El-Rufai’s Endorsement

PH - September 20, 2017

Lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has described the endorsement of Governor Nasir el-Rufai by the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State for a second…

Why Reps Ordered Banks To Unfreeze Patience Jonathan’s Account
Politics
36 views
Politics
36 views

Why Reps Ordered Banks To Unfreeze Patience Jonathan’s Account

PH - September 20, 2017

The House of Representatives committee yesterday, ordered some banks to immediately unfreeze accounts of former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan. The committee also ordered Aridolf Wellness Home…

How Buhari Delayed In Dealing with Nnamdi Kanu
Politics
45 views
Politics
45 views

How Buhari Delayed In Dealing with Nnamdi Kanu

PH - September 20, 2017

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Charles Idahosa, has said President Muhammadu Buhari delayed in dealing with several issues especially Nnamdi Kanu,…

Why We Suspended Attacks On Niger-Delta Oil Facilities
Politics
48 views
Politics
48 views

Why We Suspended Attacks On Niger-Delta Oil Facilities

PH - September 20, 2017

Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, a coalition of nine militant groups, has announced temporary suspension of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.…

Loading...