Ants may be an extremely persistent and even destructive pest, and while there are many natural ant control techniques, most homeowners rely on professional pest control services to destroy ant infestations. Based upon the species of ant, the stage of growth, and habitat various methods of ant control could be more or less powerful. But the following home remedies may be powerful for your ant infestation.
Boric acid is a frequent ingredient in many pesticides; it’s a weak acid that can be found in powdered or crystal form. Boric acid is usually considered safe for use in and around your home including in the kitchen, but it can be toxic if ingested by children or pets.
For individuals with kids and pets, chalk can be a safe and effective deterrent to ants. Draw a line around doors and windows and ants will be repelled from the calcium carbonate in the chalk. Powdered chalk can also be scattered around garden plants to discourage ants and slugs. Similarly, a line of flour can repel ants as they’ll be reluctant to cross the line.
For those who have located an anthill, you can try covering it with an inverted planter. Next, boil some water and then pour the boiling water through the drain hole in the bottom of the planter and you can destroy them in the source. This method completely eliminates the need for toxic pesticides.
Lemons are another natural ant repellent; squeeze lemon juice around window and door thresholds and into holes and cracks. Enhance the effect of the lemon juice by placing slices of lemon peel around entrances. You can also use orange peels by creating a spoonful of orange peels and warm water. The solution should be poured into anthills.
The smell of vinegar is a very powerful repellent for rodents and you may encourage them to move along. You can also use this technique whenever you’re planning outdoor activities such as picnics and camping trips as a secure and convenient method for keeping ants at bay.
Other items that were used as natural ant repellents include sodium, talcum powder, pepper, and even adhesive tape. Unfortunately, few of these methods are helpful for killing ant populations, and instead are designed as an eco deterrent deterrent. When you haven’t had success controlling an ant infestation, you should speak to a skilled and experienced pest control provider.