All-Natural and Creative Ways to Rid Your Home of Ants

antsWhy is it that when Spring comes to our area, ants suddenly invade our homes?  If you’re a homeowner, you may have tried ant traps, pest sprays, and high-octane ant killers – both inside and outside your home.

When ants start marching in, you may not have time to run to the store for some ant spray.  Instead, mix up this ant killer that can be made with items found around most homes:

  • 1 tsp. dishwashing soap (not detergent)
  • 1 tsp. virgin olive oil (you can try other cooking oils, too).
  • 1 qt. water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and spray the ants or any other insect that’s in your home.  Even better, you can also use this mixture on your gardens or outside.

Besides this mixture, other people have had success with:

  • Splenda (safe for kids and pets)
  • Coffee grounds (safe for kids and pets)
  • Dish soap (great on baseboards, windows, doors)
  • Cornmeal (because ants can’t digest it, it blocks their systems, which will eventually decrease your ant problem).
  • Cinnamon (great around the inside and outside of your home)

When treating a moderate ant infestation, it’s best to spray the line of the entryway that you think they’re taking.  If the problem persists or the ants are increasingly making their presence known in other rooms, you may have an infestation on your hands.  Call an exterminator.

What about you?  Have you used anything to repel ants in your home?  What’s worked for you, and what hasn’t?

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