Winter is fading and spring has sprung, and along with spring come the ants. While it’s normal to have them in the garden, many don’t want them in the house. So how can one get rid of them naturally without the use of any harmful chemicals? I’ve got your answer.
Last summer the ants came marching into my home one by one and I couldn’t help but be reminded of the children’s song. My youngest however, has a serious aversion to bugs and she wasn’t about to put up with them. Here is what we did.
Since we have several medical conditions in our home, we opted for some natural methods in lieu of strong chemicals that would send them to an early grave. We started with some cinnamon. Apparently the little critters don’t care for the taste so enlisting the help of my daughter with the bug aversion, we liberally sprinkled some cinnamon near windows and doors where we saw them sneaking in. We also sprinkled some cinnamon along the back edges as well as the sides of the counters. It wasn’t long before the ants stopped coming by for a visit. We did have to repeat this throughout the season but we were ant free for the remainder of the summer.
Another method I’ve used in the past is to sprinkle red cayenne pepper at points of entry. I also mix some with water and spritz areas where they tend to come in or hang out. This too worked well to eliminate them from our home.
I also use white vinegar for cleaning so I made a bit stronger solution with 1 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of water and wiped the counters down with this several times per day. When it dries it no longer smells so this was an ideal solution as my counters were clean but there was not lingering smell of vinegar in the house. The ants don’t like the smell at all so they move on their merry way and have left us alone.
A last ditch effort that my sister used was to mix about 3 tablespoons of boric acid with about 3 cups of water and ¾ cups of sugar. She then shook it all up in a spray bottle and spritzed her counters with the mixture. The ants would carry the mixture home to their colonies and soon stopped coming to visit.