We have ants and they are marching! Ick. Since moving into our home about 12 years ago, the ants show up every spring when it rains hard. It’s been raining hard the last few weeks. So, they are all over my kitchen counter.
They enter homes easily and when there is one ant, there are most often more to come. Some people have used poisons to get rid of ants, but there are natural and hassle-free ways to stop an ant infestation from happening in your home. We used an exterminator a few years after moving in and we were told that their ant treatments wouldn’t last too long if it’s raining like crazy.
1. Learn How They Operate
Ants generally send out one individual ant to find out whether there may be food in the vicinity. If the mission is successful, the ant returns home and communicates that there is a food supply nearby. They travel as a group in a single file line, following the scent trail that leads them to their newly found jackpot.
2. Find Their Origin
If you have an ant problem, a good place to start is figuring out where they are originating from. If you are able to locate their nest, pour a few large pots of boiling water into it. This should stop the problem from reoccurring.
3. Confuse Them with Scents
Because the ants rely on a scent trail to lead them back to the food source, you can confuse them by using others scents that will keep them from reaching their goal. Use essential oils such as peppermint, orange, lemon or tea tree. Put several drops of any of these oils onto a cotton ball and wipe around any entrances to your home. This way the scent trail of the ants will be stopped and no longer useful to these pests.
4. Clove Oil as a Natural Insecticide
Another great essential oil to use in the fight against these household nuisances is clove oil. It is considered a natural insecticide, yet comes without the risks of some of the harsher insecticides. Add several drops to a bottle of water and spray the area where ants are congregating. Because the oil will naturally rise to the top of the water bottle, be sure to give the mixture a shake each time before you spray.
4. Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy
Ants love a messy or dirty home. Sinks filled with dirty dishes and crumbs on the floor are an ant’s paradise. Don’t let dreams come true for these little critters. Keep your home clean and you will make it a less enjoyable place for them.
If you need to get rid of ants quickly, food grade diatomaceous earth is an option. Simply sprinkle it around the affected or invaded area and let it do its job. This substance effectively destroys any insect with an exoskeleton, including ants, by destroying their coating which then leads to death.
Ants are an unwanted guest that many people deal with, often more than once. Don’t let them overrun your home. Take action as soon as possible to ensure that you do not give your home over to these bold strangers, and instead use these tips to effortlessly rid your surroundings of them.