10+ Best Ways to Get Rid of Ants in Your House
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10+ Best Ways to Get Rid of Ants in Your House

August 27, 2019

If you have ants in your pants, that normally
means you can’t sit still, and have too much energy. Or it might mean you actually
do have ants in your pants, and that’s highly creepy.
Now, when ants start an invasion of your home and yard, you gotta be prepared to fight them
off. If you aren’t a huge fan of chemical pesticides (and I hope you aren’t, since
they can be harmful for humans) – there are natural ways to get rid of those annoying
insects and keep them out for good. 1. Citrus fruits
You might love the smell of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit, but ants just can’t stand
it! Use this knowledge to your advantage and leave some ground, dried citrus peels near
entry points to the house, in flower beds, and in potted plants to scare away ants. Spraying
openings, sinks, counters, and table tops with pure lemon juice or even lemon scented
cleaner day by day should also bring visible results. Ants will lose their sense of tracking
and won’t be able to detect the odors of food particles and residue they’re naturally
attracted to. 2. Cucumber slices Similar to citrus fruits, cucumbers smell
like trouble to ants. Apparently, there’s something in their chemical composition that
eliminates the fungi that ants love a lot. So find the hot spots in your house where
ants are most frequently visiting; normally around food and water, and also any gaps,
crevices, and holes. Leave some cucumber peels or slices in these places. This is a quick
and temporary solution for visible ants, but make sure to remove the cucumbers after a
few hours since you don’t want to attract cockroaches, which aren’t afraid of them! 3. Peppermint If you have ants in your kitchen and bathroom,
you can repel them using peppermint essential oil. Sprinkle cotton balls with a few drops
and leave them in areas where the ants hang out. You can also mix equal parts mint scented
liquid soap and water in a spray bottle and then spray it directly onto a group of ants.
Believe me, they won’t like it. 4. Cinnamon Cinnamon works as a double agent: it makes
your house smell like a dream and helps you defer ants at the same time. Powder, oil,
and sticks are all good for this purpose. You can just sprinkle your regular kitchen
spice at entry sites to disrupt the ants’ route. You can draw a dry cinnamon barrier
line, or a cinnamon oil line, with a cotton swab. If you mix cinnamon oil with water in
a spray bottle and sprinkle it on ant trails, windows, doors and cracks, it’ll have an
even stronger effect. Cinnamon sticks casually thrown around the hot spots will also do the
trick. 5. Coffee grounds Before you throw away used coffee grounds
after you enjoy a hot cup, remember they can, in fact, be of good use to you. Put them right
in the cracks, sprinkle them around the flower bed, or even the entire base of your house
(you’ll need a lot of coffee for that). Ground coffee will be even more effective
if you mix it with a few drops of peppermint essential oil and spread it on counter tops,
near the garbage can, and other places ants love to frequent. 6. Tansy Tansy flowers might look cute to you but not
to the ants! Plant it near your front door, under full or indirect sun and in pretty dry
soil, or among other plants you want to protect from ants. You can also keep dried tansy flowers
by the window sills to repel those nasty insects. 7. Diatomaceous earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth is a fine silica powder of fossilized algae. It’s perfectly
safe for humans, but dangerous for insects. Sprinkle an ant trail or the perimeters of
your house with it for instant anti-ant results. Make sure you keep it dry or it won’t work.
You might have to add more than one layer for the best outcome. If you decide to put
it in a flower bed, watch out for petals – bees won’t be able to do their job if they encounter
this substance. 8. Chalk
No ant shall pass a border made of chalk, since they can’t walk across powdery materials.
It also messes up their scenting abilities. So draw a line around your front and back
doors, and windowsills. You can ask your kids to do it to make it more fun.
9. Baking soda and powdered sugar Ants love sugar but can’t stand baking soda.
The smell of sugar will attract them, and baking soda will say “hi” to their digestive
system, and the results are pretty dramatic for them. Mix the ingredients in a 1 to 1
ratio, ¾ tablespoon of each should be enough for it to work. You can put the bait on a
jar lid, or directly into areas that ants love. The insect won’t know the difference
between the sugar and baking soda, and you already know what’s gonna happen.
10. Cornmeal Cornmeal isn’t the quickest way to ruin
an ant colony, but it’s completely harmless to humans and super cheap, so you might want
to give it a go. Sprinkle it on ant trails and nests. The insects will see it as food
and have a feast, but they won’t be able to digest the meal.
11. Vinegar Another affordable thing ants totally hate
is vinegar. Mix it in a 1 to 1 ratio with water in a spray bottle. You can spray it
onto the ants, around the windowsills, doorways and places that ants love. You can even wash
floors, windows, and countertops with this solution – this way you’ll get them both
super clean and ant-free. And, there’ll be no scent left behind after it dries.
12. Borax, water and sugar Make a thin paste of powdered Borax laundry
booster, sugar and water in equal parts. Put a few tablespoons of it on a jar lid and set
the bait. This solution attracts all possible kinds of ants with its sugary smell. They’ll
want to eat it, so they’ll bring it back to the colony and ingest it there. You can
experiment with the ingredients a bit and add a touch of peanut butter to make the mix
even more attractive for the insects. (Who doesn’t like peanut butter?) The paste dries
in a couple of days, so if it hasn’t worked by then, you’ll have to make some more of
it. The mix is also effective against cockroaches. However, you should be careful with this solution
if you have kids or pets in the house. 13. Boiling water and dish soap
Another ant secret they don’t want you to know is that they just hate hot water. Yes,
something as simple as that makes them tremble with fear. A spray bottle with water and liquid
dish soap can help you get rid of visible ants. And even just pouring a kettle of boiling
hot water directly onto their colony is more powerful than you can imagine. It will also
kill the weeds if you have any in the sidewalk cracks. One thing you have to remember, though,
is that it can kill the good plants, so watch out for those as you’re pouring hot water
onto your yard. 14. Mini moat Most ants just go for the food, but some love
plants, both potted and planted ones. To prevent them from building a home in what’s adding
aesthetics to your own home, try setting up a moat filled with water, much like people
did in ancient times building fortresses. Put the container with plants on a tray filled
with water. You can sprinkle cinnamon powder in it for an even stronger effect, or put
a cinnamon stick directly into the soil. The same moat trick will work with pet food bowls.
Set the bowl in the center of a tray or lid that’s larger in size so that it’s surrounded
by the water. Ants can’t swim, so they won’t be able to get inside the bowl. And of course, once you’ve succeeded, your
can sing the Dead Ant song, which goes like this: Dead Ant, Dead Ant, Dead Ant-Dead Ant-Dead
Ant… Hey don’t make fun — that was a big hit in 3rd grade! So Have you tried any of these solutions,
or maybe you know some others that work? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned
something new today, then give this video a like and share it with a friend. But – hey! – don’t go committing insecticide
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  1. Don't set landmines for innocent ants!!! The repellants are ok but setting gingerbread house style concentration camps for these little creatures is diabolical…live and let live, humans..ants have hearts, families, homes, emotions and a destiny just like we do..RIP Amazon forest

  2. I have just tried right after the vedio .I tried the cucumba I believe it's gonna work as the ants doesn't like the smell of it.

  3. I’ve had ants for over 20 years. I now use bay leaves. I put them all over the place in the season. I hey are also good for other little bugs.. I’ve hadn’t any since. I also mixed vinegar, vinegar, and dawn soap. I sprayed them on the any hills outside.

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