Ants are undoubtedly pesky pests. Although it looks tiny and harmless; to see a line of ants swarming in your wall and floor are certainly very annoying. Do you agree with me?
Ants are very quick when they scavenge for food. Like a magic, once ants discover their food source whether it’s spilled of sweet drinks or food crumbs they will keep returning to your house.
Now, I got such good advice about home remedies to kill ants that I want to share with the readers here.
3 home remedies to get rid of ants
- Cucumber peels
The three home remedies above are the most popular DIY natural ant control options which are believed to kill ants in house. From cucumber peels to chalk, but how successful are these home remedies? Let’s figure it out together!
According to research sources, ants do not like the scent of these cucumber peel! Cucumber peel are contains of chemical content that enable to eliminates fungi that ants attracted.
This home remedy involves you to strategically placed slices of cucumber at hot spots in a home where you commonly see those ants crawling around, especially at places with presence of food and water. Or entry points because of gaps, crevices, holes that made it possible for ants to enter.
Does cucumber peel good home remedies for ants?
Using the cucumber peel to get rid of ants is unfortunately only a quick and temporary solution to resolve the obvious and visible ant problem in home without resolving the root source of the problem.
Even worse, leaving these kind of food sources in the open area in a long time will also attract other pests to come. Rats and cockroach will be happy to gnaw on the cucumber peels that you provide to them!
Who would have thought if vinegar could become a natural remedies you can try to get rid of the ants? Vinegar not only go beyond your delicious salad dressing… more than that it turns out that ants is very hate the smell of vinegar.
It’s very simple! Fill a spray bottle with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and water; subsequently spray along the surface where you typically see the ants march in lines, such as cupboards, shelves or baseboards. Once it done, wipe the spray marks with damp paper towel.
Does vinegar good home remedies for ants?
This method is good for killing groups of ants and stop the ants following the current path into your home for a short period of time. But once the vinegar aroma masks has disappears over time, it will no longer be an effective DIY ant control method.
Using chalk to getting rid of ants is one of the famous DIY method by many Indonesians. Why this method is very popular? It is simply because you can buy a pack of chalk in convenience store with a relatively cheap price.
Some people believed that that ants won’t cross the chalk line you draw because it disrupt their ability to follow scent trails left by the other ants. Have you ever try this method at home?
Does chalk good home remedies for ants?
So sorry friends, getting rid of ants with chalk is only popular local myths! It may disrupt an ant’s scent trail for a short period of time. But, these annoying tiny pests will soon find another way to continue on their foraging.
Then how to keep ants away in the first place?
Basically, these natural home remedies above only will give you a temporary relief from ants problem in home. But believe me, in the long run these DIY ant control methods are not recommended, because they serve only as deterrence and do not eliminate them.
You can help reduce the potential for a ant infestations by making your home less appealing to the little perky pest.
How to prevent ants in your home:
- Clear up food and liquid spillages immediately
- Sweep up any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units
- Sweep and mop your floors regularly to get rid of crumbs and other food debris
- Store your food in airtight containers or bags and store them away safely in cupboards or refrigerators
- Block off any entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your home
- Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids
- If you have a pet at home, ensure that you clear up your pet’s left overs straight away
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