There are about 12,000 species of ants that can be found on Earth according to a report by the National Wildlife Federation. While most of them are harmless to human existence, they still can cause contamination by giving a boost to bacteria development.
Ants can potentially be a carrier of diseases or infections, thus it is important to keep them away from your food.
5 Ways To Get Rid Of Ants
While there are many home remedies to get rid of ant manifestations, here we are with 5 non-toxic ways to help you with the same.
Glass Cleaner And Liquid Detergent
Ants tend to leave a scented pheromone trail behind as they walk. The trail acts as a map for them. Using a glass cleaner and liquid detergent can help you remove the scent and deter the ants from re-entering your home. Here's how you can use these ingredients-
- Mix glass cleaning spray with liquid detergent into a clean spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture on areas where ants seem to enter from or congregate around.
- After spraying, wipe down the area leaving a light residue.
For if you don't have a glass cleaner, you can switch the ingredient for the next available soapy wash you have at your house, like a hand wash.
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Red pepper is a natural way to scour away the ants. Being an accessible home item, it is one of the reasons to put it to use as the ants tend to get irritated by the smell. Here's how to use the household item-
- All you will need is to sprinkle the pepper around baseboards and behind appliances.
- Rub the pepper around the area and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
- Wipe it post the timmer's up.
Peppermint is a natural insect repellent that may effectively help you get rid of ants and other bugs, like mosquitoes. To use peppermint as an ant repellent, here's how to go about it:
- Mix 10 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil with 2 cups of water in a clean plastic spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture around the baseboards and windows of your home.
- Allow the mixture to dry.
Fo every time you find the main ant hole entering your house, use boiling water.
This method will effectively and immediately kill many of the ants inside. Anthills may appear small from the outside, but the colonies underneath them are way bigger.
The boiling water won’t be enough to kill the entire colony. Make sure to treat the ant hole, every once in a while, or as many as you spot.
Just pour boiling water into the hole and you will have a very fulfilling result.
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Coffee has become an essential item in every household. Even though Indian households majorly consume tea, coffee is the second-largest choice for many individuals. Being able to source the same with easy availability, you can use this item to your advantage and repel ants from manifestation. Here's how-
Sprinkle freshly brewed coffee grounds on disposable surfaces and leave them in areas where ants congregate, such as pet bowls.
You can also place the grounds on windowsills. The grounds may lose their potency once they’re dry, so make sure to change in regular intervals.
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