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They’re Here! And Here Are 5 Natural Ant Control Remedies

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Figuring I’m not the only one who doesn’t want to fill up my home’s air with who-knows-what chemicals that kill ants, here’s some of the results of my research for an alternative. If you do some experimenting (as I will), and you find something that works well, please share with us – thanks!

5 Natural Ant Control Remedies

Submitted by: Kira @ Tip Hero  04/27/2010 10:27 AM
Spring is here, and while that means that most of us are enjoying nicer weather, it also means that pests are back. Ants are creeping their way from their anthills into homes. The good news is that there are some really simple, natural ingredients in your very own pantry that will help keep your ant problem at bay. Of course, if the problem seems completely out of control, you may need to hire a professional pest control expert. However, these natural tips are certainly worth a try before you throw in the towel.

  1. Cinnamon Sticks and Garlic Cloves: Place these around the home in area where you have seen ants enter, such as window tracks and by doors and corners. Peel and slice a few cloves of garlic and put them where you notice ants. Place cinnamon sticks around the pantry for extra protection.
  2. Vinegar: Fill a recycled spray bottle with white or apple cider vinegar and spray on ant-infested areas. The fungicidal and insecticidal properties will help to get rid of ants.
  3. Black Pepper: Sprinkle black pepper in areas where you see ants. When they scatter, watch to see where the head to. That way, you’ll be able to put pepper at the place where they enter the house as well.
  4. Boiling Water: Pouring boiling water on ants in your yard or walkway may seem cruel, but pesticides would be worse.
  5. Mint: Mint can destroy the smelling capabilities of ants. By placing mint around your home, especially near doors, windows, and pantries, you should be preventing them from entering your home.

Here are some other plants that have also been effective at warding off ants. The stronger the smell of the plant, the more effective it should be at keeping ants away.

  • Basil
  • Chili peppers
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

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