Ants are bothersome pests that seem to come out of nowhere and have no intention of leaving. With ants all over the planet, you may be wondering how we dealt with them before modern pesticides. There must be a natural alternative, right? The following lists some of the things you can do to keep ants under control. If all else fails, remember that nothing beats modern ingenuity. Call the Ant Exterminators in Peterborough for safe and reliable ant control: 705-535-0854.
Vinegar is a highly versatile product used in cooking, cleaning, and medicine. You can also use it for pest control! Simply wipe down your countertops, cupboards, and other infested areas with vinegar to keep ants away. In a spray bottle, you can also mix a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar and spray the ants directly to get rid of them on the spot.
Herbs and Spices
Ants dislike the smell of cinnamon, chili pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves, mint, and bay leaves. Sprinkle these in areas where you have seen ants. You can also sprinkle them near entry points on the exterior of the home, such as window frames and entryways.
There is some evidence that suggests that ants do not like peppermint, citrus, eucalyptus, tea tree, citrus, and cinnamon oils. Mix 15 drops of oil and ¼ cup of water together in a spray bottle, then spray areas of ant activity to deter them.
Diatomaceous earth is an all-natural powder that you can buy in the pest control section of home supply stores. It consists of sedimentary rock, mostly silica, which cuts into the ants at a microscopic level and dries them out. Scatter this powder along the walls and crevices of infested areas to eliminate ants.
Borax is another non-toxic, natural product you can find in stores. Mix equal parts borax and syrup, then place the mixture in areas where the ants will find it. You can also try soaking cotton balls in a mixture of 2 tablespoons of borax, ½ cup of sugar, and 1 ½ cups of warm water. The ants will feed on the mixtures and perish as borax damages their digestive systems and exoskeletons.
While there is an entire list of natural ant control methods out there, the most reliable way you can get rid of ants is to hire a pest remover. Professionals use insecticides that are much more effective and longer lasting than homemade solutions. And while they may not be 100% natural, the products that professionals use are extremely safe. Pest removers are licensed professionals with years of experience. Call us if you have any questions. We provide guaranteed, affordable, and reliable ant control services throughout the Peterborough area.