Spring is officially here, which means a lot of rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast, and that also means ants are now beginning to seek shelter inside. As a resident of Ohio, I have always had a problem with ants around this time of the year, especially during the rainy months of April and May. Although I don’t have children, I do have four cats and two dogs residing in my house, which means I have to be careful about the methods I use to get rid of ants. I think going natural is the best tactic to use against ants, because sprays are expensive, and mostly never work as they are supposed to anyways. Here are four of the best ways to get rid of ants inside your house, if you are looking for natural and safe methods that are not toxic to your family or pets.
Using cinnamon all around the areas where the ants are collecting is by far one of the best non-toxic methods to get rid of ants. Personally, I have an ant problem in the kitchen all around the counters, and this is a very difficult area to treat due to cooking and preparing foods on the counters. So I started sprinkling cinnamon all around the counters, around the back of the counters and edges, and on the floor where the cabinets meet. The cinnamon method works really well because ants hate cinnamon, plus they will try to take it back to the main nesting area, and it will kill off all the other ants that are in the nest. Cinnamon will only cost you a few dollars at your local retail or grocery store, which is also why I use it, and it will leave your home smelling really good. It can be a little bit of a hassle using cinnamon, especially if you have to put it around the counters like I do, but it works like virtually nothing else I have used in the past.
White Vinegar and Water
Another natural way you can get rid of ants is to use a white vinegar and water solution, put it into a spray bottle, and just spray all the areas where you know the ants are gathering. The solution is made up of one part water to one part white vinegar, which means it won’t smell as strong as using a more concentrated dose of vinegar. If you know the ants are coming in from a certain crack or wall, you definitely want to focus on spraying around that area first. You can use the mixture like a disinfectant cleaner too, so you can wipe down the tables, counters, and appliances without having to worry about the nasty toxic chemicals getting into your food products. Although the smell might not be as bad with the one-to-one solution, it still is fairly obvious you used vinegar, so that smell might turn some people away from wanting to use this method. One thing I really like about using this solution is that you can buy a huge jug of white vinegar from your local grocery store for $3, so it’s really cheap to buy, and the jug should last you a long time.
If you are like me and drink a lot of coffee, then you probably have a lot of coffee grounds you throw away everyday. Well, it just so happens that you can reuse those coffee grounds as a natural way to get rid of ants, and it won’t stink up your house in the process. All you have to do is get some coffee grounds and sprinkle them all around where the ants are coming in or collecting. Ants do not like coffee grounds, so that means they will avoid the area at all costs, but just make sure they are not moving to another area of your house. You can put the coffee grounds wherever you need to, it’s not toxic so your pets and family are not going to get sick if they eat some of it, and your essentially reusing a product you use everyday anyways.
Since it is spring, you might decide to go out and buy some cucumbers to put on your salad or in your food, but you can also get rid of ants using the peels at the same time. Ants do not like cucumber peels, since there is a chemical in the peel that kills off the fungi the ants like to eat, so they will be running away from anywhere the peels are placed. You can peel the cucumber and cut the peels into small pieces, then just place the peels in problem areas, and especially around the entrance if you can find it. Even if you don’t eat cucumbers, you can buy them at your local grocery store for a dollar, so it’s an inexpensive alternative to harsh chemicals, and it will make your house smell good.