How to get rid of ants is one of the most common queries for every household. And why wouldn’t it be?
Who would like the feeling of being outnumbered in their own home? But ants do have the power to make you feel that way. There is an average of at least ten thousand ants crawling around every home right now. If the ants were to grow a conscience and decide to revolt, we humans would not stand a chance because there are 10 billion ants in the world while there are a mere 7.9 billion of us. You can see why that would be problematic. Thankfully, a major portion of those ants is relatively harmless and are only looking for food to take back to their colonies; while they plot world domination. I’ll stop now. But just in case, your paranoia gets the better of you, here are 25 ways to get rid of ants at home.
There are over 10,000 different ant species, the biggest being Dinoponera at 3 – 4 centimetres. You should count the lucky stars that you do not need to deal with them. But if you are already surrounded by these species and looking for a solution to how to get rid of ants at home? Here are certain easiest and best ways of doing it. Let us start by understanding about 5 common species of ants as household pests. A Common DIY for ants removal.
How to Get Rid of Black Ants?
- Clean your house regularly. Usually, ant’s head out to look for food and if by any chance they find any crumbs or drops of sugary liquids lying around, they will take it back to their anthill and you will have an infestation by the evening. The best way to keep this from happening is to have a polished and clean counter and airtight containers for all your ingredients, especially the sweet kind.
- Do not leave damp spots. Mainly during summer, ants tend to gravitate towards sources of water to get away from the dry heat. So, it is time to fix those leaky taps and pipes and keep an eye out on all the humid areas of the house like the bathroom and under the kitchen sink.
- To keep the ants away, you can scent the area with peppermint or eucalyptus or any other strong-smelling substance as ants primarily depend on their sense of smell.
- Now, it is time for some detective work. You need to find how the ants are breaking into your house – these can be small holes in the wall or cracks on the floor or even gaps between windows and doors – and seal them as soon as possible. If you are unsure as to where they are showing up, just drop a few crumbs and when the ants come to get them, you can follow the ant trail.
- The trail ought to lead you outside where you will come across the source of your problem, the anthill. To destroy the anthill effectively, use a stick to put two holes into the ground and then pour boiling hot water into them. And this is how you get rid of ants permanently.
How to Kill Red Ants?
Red ants are a lower sub-type of fire ants. They are also quite common around the area. They are light brown in colour and their bites tend to leave a sting which in some cases can trigger allergic reactions. They are mainly found in gardens and pretty much all parts of your house.
How to Get Rid of Red Ants in the House?
- Prepare a solution containing equal portions of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Then go around your home looking for those pesky insects and spray the solution directly on them for an instant kill. You can also use this to prevent the ants from getting in. Just spray it all around your house, especially in the areas through which you think the ants are getting in. It may look like you are pulling off some kind of ritual but hey! It gives results.
- Get in touch with your sadistic side when you use cinnamon to get rid of the red ants. The cinnamon effectively chokes them. You can either sprinkle it directly on the ants or inside the anthill opening. You can also use cinnamon oil mixed with a little bit of water. Spray it around the house and all possible entry points.
- Another home remedy for killing ants would be lemon juice. Since its properties are similar to vinegar, it is just as effective. Mix the lemon juice with water at 1:3 ratios. And then, you know the drill; spray away. Make sure you cover both the inside and outside of the house. If your neighbours look at you weird, spray some of them as well.
- If you do not have any cinnamon powder, you can try black pepper powder which is equally effective. You can either place them at the entry points so that it acts as a wall to keep the illegal immigrants out or you can go around spraying your home from top to bottom.
- Mint is a plant with a strong scent and hence acts as a natural insect repellent – guess they are not fans of oral hygiene. You can spray mint extract or mint essential oil (mixed with water) in and around your house. Do it repeatedly, at least once a day. For a more permanent solution, you can plant mint around your house. You can even keep one of those small kitchen’s mini gardens with mint plants.
How to Get Rid of Ants Who Love Sugar – the Sugar Ants?
While there is a whole species of ants, named sugar ants; in Indian homes, basically any ant with a sweet tooth is nicknamed a sugar ant. These are ants that are particularly attracted by the sweet smell and hover around the kitchen or directly attack the food containers set down. Either way, they are equally annoying and they mainly appear in the kitchen.
- One of the best methods to get rid of sugar ants is by using soapy water to wipe down every visible part of the counter and the floor where the ants are present or may turn up sometime. This is a proven method to erase sugar trails left by the food in your home. Using the soapy solution not only covers the trail, but it also prevents ants from walking across your floor and walls.
- Borax is a common cleaning mineral and a very effective ant killer. You can spread the powder around entryways and you are bound to land up with a bunch of bodies. However, this method is not recommended if you have children or pets as it can be quite dangerous to them as well.
- Corn starch is a less hazardous alternative to borax. It can again be spread across entryways and areas where the ants show up often. Advise caution even though corn starch is a commonly used cooking ingredient.
- Diatomaceous earth is a soft sedimentary rock made from fossilized diatoms. Again, this can be spread near entryways and outside your home, directly on anthills to prevent ants from getting in. Take the right measures before using this as it is a very strong substance capable of causing irritation in the eyes, lungs and skin. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, it is best you choose more natural techniques.
- Bay leaves act as a very strong ant deterrent. Just place one bay leaf in your pantry and storage areas. Another effective deterrent is cucumber peels which ants absolutely despise.