The spring and summer period are often filled with ants slowly making their way across one’s home. Every little piece of food or crumb left behind can lead to a trail of ants finding their way into houses. While ants are generally harmless some ants can cause allergic reactions, or if they are carpenter ants can cause damage to a home’s wooden structures.
To get rid of the ants in your home, it is suggested that you try the following economic solutions before turning to a professional exterminator. These ingredients and solutions are completely safe to use and should not affect you or your pets.
1. White vinegar
Vinegar can work as a deterrent for ants. By wiping all surfaces in your home with vinegar you will kill off any ants passing through and you will deter other ants from approaching because of the smell of the vinegar. While the smell of vinegar can be a lot at the start most humans will not be able to smell it after a while.
2. Hand soap
Mix hand soap, or dish soap, with water into a spray bottle. This water-based soap solution can remove the scent of ant pheromones which is the predominant communication method used by ants. By removing the scent ants will stop entering your home.
3. Lemon juice
Much like vinegar, lemon juice’s acidity and scent can also help remove the scent trail left behind by ants. To create water-based solutions you will want to mix enough lemon juice in a bottle of water and spray it in key areas around your home.
4. Baking soda
If you are looking for a solution that will not only deter them from entering your home but will also lead to the ant population residing around you declining, then what you will want to do is mix baking soda with powdered sugar. This mixture is going to attract ants who will want to eat the sugar. However, when they digest the baking soda the effect will be the dying off due to the acidity.