3 home remedies to get rid of ants

Ants are undoubtedly pesky pests. Although it looks tiny and harmless; to see a line of ants swarming in your wall and floor is certainly very annoying. Do you agree with me?

Ants are very quick when they scavenge for food. Like magic, once ants discover their food source whether it’s spilled sweet drinks or food crumbs they will keep returning to your house.

Now, we have such good advice about home remedies to kill ants that I want to share with the readers here.

3 home remedies to get rid of ants

  1. Cucumber peels
  2. Vinegar
  3. Chalk

The three home remedies above are the most popular DIY natural ant control options which are believed to kill ants in the house. From cucumber peels to chalk, how successful are these home remedies? Let’s figure it out together!

1. Cucumber peels

Does cucumber peels get rid of ants
Does cucumber peels get rid of ants?

According to research sources, ants do not like the scent of these cucumber peel! Cucumber peel contains of chemical content that enables to elimination of fungi that ants attract.

This home remedy involves strategically placing slices of cucumber at hot spots in a home where you commonly see those ants crawling around, especially at places with the presence of food and water. Or entry points because of gaps, crevices, and holes that made it possible for ants to enter.

Does cucumber peel a good home remedy for ants?

Using the cucumber peel to get rid of ants is unfortunately only a quick and temporary solution to resolve the visible ant problem in home without resolving the root source of the problem.

Even worse, leaving these kinds of food sources in the open area for a long time will also attract other pests. Rats and cockroaches will be happy to gnaw on the cucumber peels that you provide to them!

2. Vinegar

Does vinegar help get rid of ants?
Does vinegar help get rid of ants?

Who would have thought if vinegar could become a natural remedy you could try to get rid of the ants? Vinegar not only goes beyond your delicious salad dressing… more than that it turns out that ants is very hate the smell of vinegar.

It’s very simple! Fill a spray bottle with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and water; subsequently spray along the surface where you typically see the ants march in lines, such as cupboards, shelves, or baseboards. Once it is done, wipe the spray marks with a damp paper towel.

Does vinegar a good home remedy for ants?

This method is good for killing groups of ants and stopping the ants from following the current path into your home for a short period. But once the vinegar aroma masks have disappeared over time, it will no longer be an effective DIY ant control method.

3. Chalk

Does chalk stop ants?
Does chalk stop ants?

Using chalk to getting rid of ants is one of the famous DIY methods by many Indonesians. Why this method is very popular? It is simply because you can buy a pack of chalk in the convenience store at a relatively cheap price.

Some people believe that ants won’t cross the chalk line you draw because it disrupts their ability to follow scent trails left by the other ants. Have you ever tried this method at home?

Does chalk good home remedies for ants?

So sorry friends, getting rid of ants with chalk is only a popular local myth! It may disrupt an ant’s scent trail for a short time. But, these annoying tiny pests will soon find another way to continue their foraging.

Then how to keep ants away in the first place?

These natural home remedies above only will give you temporary relief from the ants problem in your home. But believe me, in the long run, these DIY ant control methods are not recommended, because they serve only as deterrence and do not eliminate them.

You can help reduce the potential for ant infestations by making your home less appealing to the little perky pest.

7 ways to prevent ants in your home

  1. Clear up food and liquid spillages immediately

  2. Sweep up any food crumbs from under your kitchen appliances and units
  3. Sweep and mop your floors regularly to get rid of crumbs and other food debris
  4. Store your food in airtight containers or bags and store them away safely in cupboards or refrigerators
  5. Block off  any entry points for ants by sealing all cracks and crevices around your home
  6. Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids
  7. If you have a pet at home, ensure that you clear up your pet’s leftovers straight away

Do you have ant problems at home? Contact Rentokil today!

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