Spring is here, and so are the ants! For some of us, ant season may be year round. Instead of using expensive pesticides that are filled with toxic chemicals, why not go green?
First, clean up any scrap food or garbage that may be lying around. This way the ants won’t have a food source to go to .
Sprinkle salt, basil, pepper (red or black) or cinnamon along the areas that ants flock to in your home. Don’t forget to sprinkle along doorways and window sills. You can also place bay leaves in cabinets to get rid of ants. The Bay leaves also help keep cockroaches away.
Ants also do not like mint, cayenne pepper, chili powder, or coffee grounds. You can sprinkle any of these items along the pathway of the ants.
If you have an area in your home that is difficult to sprinkle the above ingredients around, try using a liquid solution to get rid of the ants instead. Place equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray wherever you see ants. Peppermint oil can also be used.
Wipe down the counters, walls, doorways and floors with a mixture of half vinegar and half water. The strong smell should repel the ants.
Try placing cucumber peels in the areas that you see ants the most. Cucumber peels are toxic to the types of fungi ants feed on, and are avoided by ants. This is a good deterrent before ants become a problem so use this solution at the beginning of ant season. Change the cucumber peel often.
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