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Get Rid of Ants Naturally, Inexpensively, and Permanently
Is there anything more annoying than waking up in the morning, wandering into the bathroom or kitchen and finding a trail of ants? Well, you can get rid of most ants naturally by using items you most likely already have in your home. There are thousands, literally thousands of species of ants in this world, and some of them are downright dangerous.
Luckily for us, most of the ants that invade our homes are pretty harmless and in fact actually do lots of good in the environment by eating flea larvae, silver fish, flies, spiders, and bedbugs.
However, when they are lined up across your kitchen counter, they aren’t so cute. They also tend to be quite persistent and not always very easy to get rid of. Although many people turn to pesticides, these are really not the best solution. Besides filling your house with dangerous toxins, you could easily go through two cans in a week and still find that you have an ant problem. It’s much more eco-friendly to find a way to deter ants from coming in to begin with and convincing them that it’s a good idea to go live somewhere else.
Hopefully all you have is a mild ant infestation. If you aren’t so lucky, you have a major invasion or a mound of fire ants in your yard, which will call for some heavy duty tactics.
No matter the problem, one of the following methods is bound to work for you.
1. Soap and Water
An old tried and true method that is super cheap and works well. Simply fill a spray bottle with a couple squirts of dish soap and hot water. This kills ants and removes their trail so others cannot follow in their path. Spray as much of the path as you can find and allow to sit for 10 or 15 minutes, then wipe up.
Vinegar is a natural ant repellant. Add some plain, white vinegar to a spray bottle and spray all the entry points of your house that you can find. This usually includes places like under doorways, around window sills, and vent openings. Repeat this process every few days until the ants lose the scent that took them to your house in the first place and they move on. Find out other surprising uses for vinegar.
3. Diatomaceous Earth
DE is a terrific multi-purpose natural remedy that can get rid of all sorts of unwanted guests, including ants. Sprinkle it all around the perimeter of your house. You can also safely use it inside your house. This won’t kill ants outright, but it works over time as the ants eat it and it kills them later on. Always use food grade DE just in case your dog decides it tastes too good to resist.
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