Ants are no picnic to have around the home. When you think about the fact that there are over 12,000 species (estimated population of quadrillion+) of these legged nuisances over the world, it will encourage you, even more, to want to find natural ways of ridding them and especially the queen from your home. Also, these tiny little workers can lift 20 times their body weight leaving leftover food a smorgasbord for their colony.
They may have an ecological importance to our planet’s environment with the way they turn soil helping plant roots receive their water and oxygen and eat dead bugs and animals, but they don’t belong in our kitchen running around the cherry pies for Thanksgiving.
The post you’re about to read will teach you some natural ways to rid your home of sugar loving, carpentry eating, and creepy crawling ants without leaving harmful chemicals around for your pets and children to get at in the list of 18 DIY Natural Ways to Getting Rid of Ants.
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The smell of cinnamon may remind us of baked apple pies or cinnamon toast, but to ants, the texture and smell is an absolute no-no as they are repulsed by it and will make a great deterrent for your home. Grab yourself a Q-tip and dip in cinnamon oil to apply to cracks and tiny crevices you think the ants are marching one by one through. Another way to apply is to sprinkle ground cinnamon or lay out some cinnamon sticks at their entrances.
#2 Cayenne Pepper
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Ants do not like to walk on Cayenne Pepper (or any powdery substance), and if you line up a row of this spicy ingredient by their entrance, it will work as a barrier that these ants will not want to cross and turn right back around.
#3 Coffee Grounds
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Ants don’t like strong scents and something as lovely smelling as the coffee it will repulse them and turn away from the smell quickly. Place some used coffee grounds onto a small plate near their entryways and stop them in their tracks. The nitrogen in coffee grounds also burn their little legs, so another reason it’s a no-go.
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Vinegar has a potent scent that will even give humans the shivers when sniffing a bottle. Imagine a tiny ant getting a whiff instant barrier for your home. Just mix an equal solution of vinegar and water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray directly on the areas these hard workers crawl on and keep reapplying as needed.
#5 Lemon Juice
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The acidity odor of lemons is repugnant to ants and will interrupt their march for food rapidly. Take a few drops and apply into the hole the ants crawl through and this method will keep the ants from coming back for future trips. Even better is that your home will smell of yummy lemons that smell great to humans and work as a disinfectant, as well.
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