Ants can be particularly annoying as they swarm around your garden, balcony, or even your kitchen.
Chemical pesticides is effective, but they are harmful to your health and environment. However, there are other friendly ways to get rid of ants by using simple household items.
Baking Soda and Essential Oils
In hot weather, the smell of garbage can become unbearable. To combat bad odors, sprinkle baking soda inside your trash can. Additionally, a little cotton fabric soaked in essential oils can be left at the bottom of the bin to help mask the unpleasant smell.
Ants have an incredible sense of smell that allows them to locate food sources from a distance. Fortunately, their strong sense of smell can also be used against them. Ants hate the smell of cinnamon, so you can mix cinnamon oil with water and apply it to areas where ants are spotted. You can also place cinnamon sticks near windows and doors to keep ants out. For a more direct approach, you can spray ants with a mixture of water and cinnamon oil.
Vinegar is an affordable household item that ants strongly react to. You can make a mixture of water and vinegar and directly spray ant colonies with it, or apply it to windows and doors. To ensure this method works, you need to apply the vinegar mixture regularly until ants are no longer a problem.
Borax, a colorless crystal salt found in cleaning products and pesticides, is another effective way to get rid of ants. Dissolve two tablespoons of Borax in warm water and add sugar to the mixture. Soak small pieces of cotton in the liquid and place them in areas frequented by ants, such as windowsills, doors, or kitchen countertops. The sugar will attract the ants, while the sodium tetraborate in Borax will eliminate them.
In summary, there are smart and eco-friendly ways to get rid of ants without resorting to harsh chemicals. By using simple household items such as baking soda, cinnamon, vinegar, and Borax, you can make your home a pest-free zone.
Give these tips a try and enjoy a summer without unwanted guests!