Cucumbers: Natural Ant Repellents
Getting ants out of the house can be a hassle sometimes but if you know what they don’t like, then you can get them out of your house.
The first thing you want to do is find out where the ants are coming from. None of the tricks below will be very effective if you don’t know where the ants are getting into the home. When you have a pretty good idea how they are getting into your home, it is time to slice some cucumbers. Put these slices of cucumber around the cracks and near doorways in your home, because ants have a natural aversion to cucumbers.
Block the Ants Sense of Smell
Another way to take care of your ant problem is with a good old moat. Locate where the ants are getting into your home and then use cayenne pepper, cinnamon or coffee grounds to disrupt their pattern. Just place a little line of either of the products in their way so the ants in your home won’t be able to follow their scent trail back to the hill and the ants outside won’t want to head back into the house.
Cornmeal for Ant Invasions
If you are really infested with ants, one of the best ways to take care of them, although it takes the longest, is with cornmeal. The ants cannot digest the cornmeal, but they will eat it and they will bring it back to the ant hill. Basically, you are giving them poison to bring back to their hill and it is safe to for humans and pets to eat, meaning if the kids get into the cornmeal pile by the door, you won’t have to worry.
Black Pepper Prevents Ants
Another effective way to deal with the ants is by catching them in the act and hitting them with some black pepper. So, when you see the ants in your home, sprinkle black pepper on them and see where they run. Most likely they will leave the house, pointing you right to where they enter your home.
Homemade Ant Bait Recipe
Homemade Ant Bait Ingredients:
- 1 tsp boric acid
- 6 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups of water
Homemade Ant Bait Directions:
- Dissolve the boric acid and sugar into the water. Soak cotton balls in the solution and place it on an empty bottle cap. Place the bottle cap in the area the ants are seen most often.
This may take some time to kill the ants but it will work. It takes time because the worker ants have to bring back the acid to the colony which can take some time, probably a few weeks.