It’s easy to smirk and shake our heads when someone complains about so-called “infestations” in their homes as long as they’re not happening to us. After all, wherever we humans build a structure, the so-called “vermin” were living there first. Sadly, the reality isn’t always so spiritually elevated. In reality, insects often cause irreparable damage and create costs for home owners in the thousands. And no creature seems better able to do just that than ants. Still, there are proven methods for getting rid of ants without having to incur enormous fees.
The list is broken up into two groups of four: Deterrents and Exterminators:
Flour– Sprinkling flour along the entry points of your home will freeze ants in their tracks. They will not cross.
Lemons & Limes– Spray either fruit’s juice wherever you see ants and watch them scamper for cover! They can’t stand the smell and the acid is hamrful to them.
Chalk and Baby Powder– Both of these accomplish the same goal, namely creating a dusty residue on the feet of ants and discouraging them from returning to the area.
Whole Cloves- According to an article on The Housing Forum, whole cloves confuse the ants’ senses and discourage them from hanging around.
Baking Soda- According to ehow.com, this natural substance, when combined with dry active yeast and powdered sugar, acts as a poison as far as ants are concerned. “Disguising the baking soda with sugar will draw the ants in and trick them into carrying the poison back to the queen,” according to ehow.com. Just make sure you sprinkle the substance along every crevice in your home except one, so they can still get out and spread the love.
Diatomaceous Earth- Carpenter ants are a whole different level of infestation. They have to be killed where they nest. According to DIY.Natural.com, “DE” is a natural substance derived, “from the tiny skeletal remains of algae-like plants…Its microscopic razor sharp edges will cut through the body of insects, drying them out and killing them. If ingested by carpenter ants, it will shred their insides.”
Nicotine Water- No, it’s not a typo. Apparently, soaking a pipe in water overnight creates a poisonous solution that kills ants on contact. It’s the leftover nicotine that does the trick.
Cornmeal- Potentiallythe cruelest of the natural extermination solutions, cornmeal doesn’t kill the ants upon contact. It disrupts the digestive system. According to wikihow.com, “While ants do not die immediately after ingesting the cornmeal, they die a few days later from starvation. Moreover, since the ants take the cornmeal back to their nests, more ants die off in the long run.”