It's summer and no matter what I do it seems as if I have been invaded by ants! And it seems I am not alone in my quest to rid my home from ants. However, I am not big on using pesticides in this house. With kids, pets, and more in my house I want to fight the ants naturally but how do I do that?
Here are five ways to fight ants naturally:
1. Essential Oils
I am a huge fan of essential oils and when it comes to getting rid of ants naturally it appears tht essential oils can be the perfect answer.
For ants Peppermint Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil are two essential oils known to combat ants. To use essential oils to combat ants wipe down your baseboards, and other entry points to prevent ants from coming into your house.
2. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food Grade Diatomacacous Earth is perfectly safe for humans and pets but it is deadly for bugs. Just sprinkle a thin layer of Diatomaceous Earth where you are are finding ants, along widow sills, under cabinets, etc.
One thing to keep in mind when using Diatomaceous Earth is to make sure you get the Food Grade version. Make sure that you DO NOT get the kind that is used to filter pools as it is not safe to breathe or use in your home.
3. Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap Spray
As we mentioned earlier with essential oil ants don't like peppermint and the peppermint in Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap Spray has the same effect. To make the spray mix 1/4 cup of Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Soap with a quart of water. Then spray directly on the areas where you find ants, on baseboards, and on any other entry points where they may be entering your home.
Ants do not like the smell of vinegar and vinegar causes ants to lose the scent trails that they follow. Use a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water to clean the cabinets in your kitchen, wipe down your baseboards, or anywhere that you see ants.
5. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is another natural deterrent for ants. Wipe lemon juice around your baseboards, and other points of entry to keep ants away.