During warm weather or rainy seasons, you may discover ants entering their houses and garden areas. There are different types of ants, but the most common house-invading ants include pavement, carpenter, acrobat, pharaoh and odorous house ants.
House-invading ants can get into your food, damage property or cause stinging bites. These tiny creatures can also cause damage to your plants. Dealing with ants can be very frustrating. Pesticides for ants contain chemicals that are harmful to humans, pets and the environment.
Try these home remedies instead to repel ants from your home.
The scent of cinnamon prevents ants from entering the house. According to 2014 studies published in the international journal of science research publications, cinnamon essential oils produce positive results in both repellency and insecticidal activity.
-Add half teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil in a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and wipe down the areas where ants may enter and dwell. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone.
The smell from lemons repels ants and its acidic nature removes ants' scented path. Rub lemon juice into door frames and other possible areas containing ants such as windowpanes.
-Put a few drops of lemon essential oil on cotton balls and leave them in cabinets and other areas that you see ants.
Dietary diatomaceous earth (DE) also works well as Ant repellent. Sharp blade and microscopic razor-like nature of Diatomaceous earth can cut through ant exoskeleton.
-Gently sprinkle a thin layer of DE on windowsills, beneath the fridge, under cabinets, in and around garbage cans and any other places where you see ants.