Natural Ant Control

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

Diatomaceous earth provides natural ant controlIf you have a battle with unwanted ants, you know how frustrating it can be to get rid of them. Pest control companies can be expensive and using toxic chemicals can potentially be dangerous, especially if you have children and pets. That’s why a lot of people are interested in natural ant control.

Ants are attracted to sweet scents and food, so to get rid of them, it’s best to use their appetites against them. Provide the ants with some sort of food to take back to the queen of the colony that causes her ultimate demise. After the queen dies, the death of the entire colony looms because she is no longer there to supply eggs necessary for future generations.

There are many common household items that most of us already have at our disposal that are also effective pest control remedies. Here are 12 of them that you can use around your home to control ant infestations in a green eco-friendly way:

To control ants already in your home

  • Sprinkle talcum or baby powder around baseboards and under appliances
  • Spray a 50-50 vinegar and water solution anywhere you see ants
  • Sprinkle cinnamon in places where ants like to frequent
  • Sprinkle black pepper in the direct path of ants to block their travel
  • Spray a 50-50 mixture of glass cleaner and liquid dish detergent in areas where you see ants
  • Place bay leaves around the places you’ve seen ants
  • Use a mixture of water and about a dozen droplets of peppermint oil and spray where ants appear

To keep ants from entering your home

  • Use caulk around possible entry points of ants to keep them out of your home
  • Plant mint around the sides of your home near doors and windows
  • Sprinkle  diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your home
  • Sprinkle coffee grounds outside around the base of your home

To kill the queen

  • Sprinkle aspartame (sugar substitute) around your home and spray a fine water mist over it—the ants take it back to the queen where she eats and dies

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