Every good hostess wants everything to be perfect in her house. She does her best to keep it clean and cozy. Unfortunately very often various pests get into our houses regardless of all our efforts to prevent this. Ants are the most common pests and they spread all over the house rather quickly.
We all are used to call professionals who would eliminate those pesky creatures from our house. As a rule they use chemical remedies which kill the insects. Moreover, these can be dangerous for people too.
Today we have some necessary information which can be helpful in this situation. We have 10 completely safe and natural ways to keep ants away from your house. They will help to solve your problem quickly and without any efforts.
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#1. Cucumber/citrus peels
All insects can’t stand certain smells and substances. This case is not an exception. Ants don’t like the substances which can be found in citrus and cucumbers. So, to get rid of ants you should just place some cucumber or citrus peels in areas where you have seen the ants and after a certain period of time your problem will be eliminated.
Many people add cinnamon to their drinks, baked goods and even beauty remedies since it has a very pleasant scent. But ants don’t like it. You should make a mixture of one cup of water and 0.5 teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil.
Now apply the liquid to the places where the insects can enter your house and where they live using a cotton ball. Do it once a day until you get desirable results. This remedy can be helpful if you want to prevent ants from getting into your apartment and if you want to get rid of them as well.
Nobody knows how this method works but it’s effective. To prevent the insects from getting into your house you should apply chalk to the places where they can get inside. Repeat the procedure from time to time.
This method is rather simple and you won’t kill the insects. All you need to do is to place some honey in a paper bowl and put it outside not far from your house so that the ants can smell it. The insects will just leave your house.
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White vinegar can also help you to repel ants. You should mix vinegar and water (1:1), add several drops of your favorite essential oil and pour this remedy into a spray bottle. Use it as you did the previous spray with peppermint oil. Don’t forget to shake the bottle well before the usage.
#6. Liquid dish soap
Well, this method isn’t natural. But it’s still safe for your health. You should mix 1 teaspoon of the soap, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water. Mix them well and apply the liquid in the entry places.
We have already mentioned that ants don’t like the smell of citrus. But lemons are the most harmful to them due to their acidity and strong smell. Just apply some lemon juice to the places where ants can get into your house. You can also place pieces of lemon into cracks and holes in the walls since the insects can use them to enter your house.
#8. Bay leaves
There are many foods in your house which attract ants (sugar, flour and others). All you should do is place bay leaves around the containers which these foods are in. You should replace the leaves with new ones every month.
#9. Some foods which ants can’t digest
Coffee grounds, farina and cornmeal are foods which ants can’t digest. You should just sprinkle them in the places where the insects live. Some of these foods work more quickly than others but all of them are effective and safe for your family and pets.
#10. Clean house
To prevent ants from getting into your house or to get rid of them you should keep your house clean. Clean all the surfaces regularly. You should also make sure that you store your foods in containers.
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