It doesn’t matter if it’s just one or two ants dashing across your floor or if it’s an entire colony marching in a straight line from one end of your home to the other, the bottom line is… you have an ant problem. If there is a just a couple of them, a common response might be to grab a can of ant spray or just smash them with your fingers, but you should know there are more lurking in the wings and they will come out to visit you. From regular chalk to yummy fruit, here are 7 creative ways to protect your home or picnic from ants.
- Bay Leaves
We all have bay leaves that we toss in a pot of soup every now and again. Put a leaf inside your flour, sugar or lay one on your pantry shelf if you are worried that the ants will want a taste. The smell of the leaf will repel the ants away from your baking goods.
Vinegar doesn’t actually kill ants, but the smell will repel them from the area. Simply add equal parts of water and vinegar in a bottle and spray it around windowsills, door jams and any cracks where you’ve seen ants. The vinegar spray creates an invisible barrier and will send the ants onto a new path. It’s also a good idea to bring a little bottle of it on your picnic!
- Talcum Powder
Sprinkling talcum powder will cause ants to scatter, and if they’re approaching a pile of it, they will turn and head the other way. Sprinkle a liberal amount of the powder around the foundation of your home, as well as around entry ways where ants may get in, such as windows and doors.
- Flower Pot
A simple flower pot may not look like a weapon against ants, but when used properly, it can help eliminate your problem. Place your flowerpot upside down on top of the anthill. Take a pot of boiling water and pour it through the drainage hole on the bottom of the pot. This will literally burn down the ant hill.
- Citrus Fruits (Oranges, Lemons and Limes)
Ants will pack up and leave when you make a puree with orange, lime and lemon peels and warm water. Pour the puree into and around anthills and other cracks where you have noticed ants coming and going. The oil from the citrus peels kill ants and also creates a natural ant repellent. Not only will this send the ants marching, but it will make your home smell great in the meantime!
It may sound like a silly idea, but chalk actually deters ants because of the calcium carbonate content that is in it. Let your kids draw a line around the entire house, perhaps adding extra beautiful artwork in front of doorways or cracks in the foundation where ants may be able to get in. You could also get powdered chalk to scatter in and around garden plants.
- Petroleum Jelly
Any pet owner knows how frustrating it can be when you walk by yours pet’s food dish and notice a trail of ants marching their way to a snack. Don’t lose anymore food to those ants. To solve this problem rub a thin amount of petroleum jelly along the rim of the pet dish. This will create a barrier that the ants will not want to cross to get to the food.
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