7 Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

If you have ants at home, try these 7 inexpensive but effective ways to get rid of them.

Warm weather means lots of outdoor time, barbecues with family and friends, gloriously long hours of daylight and… ant invasions.

Ants sure know how to ruin a picnic, and they’re pretty good at sneaking into your kitchen (gross).

The folks from Household Hacker rounded up some genius ways to deal with ants, whether you’re already living with these six-legged pests or if you’re trying to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your life.

From picnic table moats to vinegar, some of these are pretty creative.

1. Wash Your Soda Cans

Before you toss your soda cans into the recycling bin, give them a quick rinse to remove any remaining sugary soda that ants will feast on.

The same goes for other food containers that will be in or near your house until trash day—syrup bottles, juice boxes, etc.

You’ll also want to purchase airtight containers to store opened food packages in your pantry.

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2. Build A Picnic Table Moat

The next time you’re sitting at a picnic table enjoying lunch, build a line of defense to prevent ants from joining you.

Simply place four disposable pie tins or some other container under each leg of the table, then fill with water. The ants won’t be able to march over these tiny moats to ruin your lunch!

3. Make A Borax-Sugar Trap

If you’ve got kids or pets, tread lightly with this tip, as sodium borate should be kept away from kids and animals. Household Hackers recommends mixing borax and sugar with enough water to create a syrupy paste that ants will love to eat and share with their friends.

Use a tupperware to house the mixture, poke a few holes in the top and sides, and let the ants come and go until the borax wipes out their colony.

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4. Cayenne Pepper

You can also sprinkle a little cayenne pepper around the entrances to your home or directly onto the anthill (if you can find it).

Though they’re looking for sugar, the ants will get a spicy (and repellant) treat instead. If you do find the anthill, Household Hackers recommends dousing it with cayenne-laced boiling water in order to kill the ants inside.

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5. Spray Some Vinegar

In order to destroy an ant’s home, you first have to find it. Vinegar won’t kill ants, but it will throw off their sense of smell.

The next time you see one in your house, spray some vinegar near it and watch where it heads. Household Hackers’ advice says it’ll likely lead you back to HQ.

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6. Destroy Their Homes

If you can follow the trail of ants back to their home, your best defense is simply destroying the ant hill.

You can do this by running your garden hose on it for 10 minutes or by pouring some boiling water on it until you don’t see any more signs of life.

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7. Safeguard Your Space

Once you’ve rid your space of ants, you’ll want to be sure to erase any pheromones they may have left behind.

To do so, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water with a drop of dish soap. Then spray your mixture everywhere those little pests once lived, making sure to spray any entryways where they may have been entering as well.

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If You Do These 6 Things, You’ll Never See another Spider in Your Home Again

When the summer comes, all the insects come with it. Some can scare the hell out of us. The potential of the commercial spider and bug repellents is limited, but they are full with dangerous chemicals. Instead of poisoning yourself with them, why don’t you try natural ways to get rid of the nasty spiders?

Cedar

You can keep spiders away from your closets, by placing cedar blocks in your cupboards and closets, as well as your garden. Additionally, you can purchase cedar hangers and forget about spiders, as well as moths, near your clothes!

White Vinegar

You probably already know that vinegar is one of most versatile items you can use in your home. Its smell keeps ants, mosquitoes, and spiders at bay. You can prepare a natural repellent spray, by mixing 1 part vinegar in two parts water, in a spray bottle, and spray all around the house and the yard.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Spiders hate peppermint as much as we love it! You should make a natural repellent, by mixing 8 drops of essential oil, with a bit of liquid dish soap, to help spread the oil molecules in the water in a spray bottle. If the solution does not smell minty enough, you can add 8 more drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake the bottle well, and then spray it all around the house.

Furthermore, you can mix vinegar and peppermint, and prepare another natural repellent.

Chestnuts (and other tree nuts)

Tree nuts like chestnuts, walnuts, and horse chestnuts are effective in repelling spiders as well. Their scent includes a chemical which spiders cannot tolerate. You should place several on the windowsills and you will quickly solve this issue!

Keep it clean!

Your home should be absolutely clean in order to prevent these unwanted guests. This means you’re your floors should be vacuumed and swept. We also advise a seasonal de-clutter, and you will be surprised how much space you actually have at home!

Furthermore, make sure you also clean the outside part of the house. If you have a lawn, it should be cleaned of leaves, sticks, and clippings. Additionally, you should investigate whether you have some gaps in the doors or window sills. If you live in an apartment, regularly clean the balcony and windows.

If you are one of those who are continually struggling to maintain their home spider-free, then, these tips will definitely be of great help!

Source: familylifegoals.com