An ant infestation should be immediately treated with natural ant killer. When left unaddressed, ants can bite or sting the pets and people in your household, leading to rashes or allergies. Ants are also carriers of germs, posing health risks to your family. Worst of all, carpenter ants can burrow tunnels through wood and damage the structural integrity of your furniture or building. To avoid these risks and get rid of an infestation easily, below are some ways to make a natural ant repellent.
Prepare Your Own Easy and Non-Toxic Natural Ant Killer
Baking Soda and Powdered Sugar
Powdered sugar? Seems like you’re attracting more ants instead of getting rid of them! Don’t worry, though, because the powdered sugar is just a bait to lure the ants into the baking soda. Baking soda reacts with the acid in the ants’ digestive system and literally makes them explode.
To prepare this natural ant killer, combine a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of powdered sugar in a jar lid or a shallow plate. Prepare three or more lids with this mixture and place them on surfaces where you often see ants. Over the next few days, you’ll observe a dramatic decline in their numbers.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener. While you may be more familiar with it from its common brand names Equal or Nutrasweet, you probably don’t know that it’s actually poisonous for ants, especially fire ants whose venomous bites can cause severe allergic reactions. Aspartame is a neurotoxin for ants that affects their ability to find food and communicate with other ants. Once they’ve ingested this sweetener, the ants in the colony will quickly starve to death or attack each other, making aspartame an effective natural ant killer.
Sprinkle your Equal packets in the entrances of ant mounds, on your window sills, and on other areas in your house where you find ant trails. Do this once every few days until the infestation is gone.
Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is fine white powder made of silica. It’s a dietary supplement for humans that promotes healthy gastrointestinal tract, skin, hair, and bones. However, for pests, food-grade DE is a very effective repellent. Simply put a thin layer of this powder on ant entry-points around your house. Over a week, the ant problem will clear up.
Note: Remember to use food-grade DE and not marine or non-food grade DE (used in swimming pools) which can pose health risks for humans and pets when inhaled.
Vinegar and Citrus Spray
When ants discover food, they leave behind a trail of pheromones that allows other ants to track it from their nest to the source of the food. The smell of vinegar, as well as citrus, can mask this pheromone trail and also repel other ants. This is just one use among many for apple cider vinegar, as you can also use this natural ant killer as a natural remedy for yeast infections and cough and colds.
To make a vinegar citrus spray, boil your citrus peels in a pot with 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Turn the stove off once the mixture has boiled. Let it steep overnight and then strain the liquid into a spray bottle.
Spray this solution on the edges of cupboards and drawers and other areas where you’ve seen ants. Do this regularly every couple of days until the ants are completely gone.
A great advantage of this homemade ant repellent is you can use your leftover peels from lemons, oranges, and grapefruit. Not only are you repelling ants naturally, but you’re also reducing waste.
If you have a garden or a yard that’s being harmed by other pests, check out this video by Howdini on how to make a natural bug and insect repellant:
Remember, remedying an ant infestation involves not only killing the ants but also implementing steps to ensure they don’t return. The best way to do this is by combining the variety of methods we suggested together with maintaining a clean household.
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