Ants would have to be one of the most annoying pests, especially when they get inside your house. Getting rid of ants isn’t easy. I’ve tried sprays and powders and they never seem to work. I’ve often had problems with ants because I feed my cats outside. They often leave food in their bowl and within minutes the food is covered in ants. I don’t want to use chemicals in this situation because my cats often take food from their bowls and eat off the ground (they’re very messy eaters!) and I would hate for them to get sick due any chemicals I’ve used. I’ve also had ants in the kitchen from time to time as well. I never leave food out and clean up any crumbs immediately but the ants still arrive in droves.
In these situations, you need an organic method for getting rid of the ants. I’ve tried a few different methods and they kind of work. Some work sometimes and then not another time, I don’t know why; maybe that’s just me. I suggest trying the methods suggested below to see which works for you.
How To Get Rid of Ants
The first thing to do is clean up the area concerned:
- sweep up any visible ants and put them away from the affected area or squash them
- remove any food which might be attracting them
- remove any water sources
- remove anything which they can hide under such as pots or wood
- get rid of aphids from your garden as ants are attracted by their excrement
After getting rid of any ants you can see, you’ll then need to look for ways to prevent them from coming back which involves using natural repellents as well as finding their ‘home’ and killing them at the source.
Natural Pest Control For Ants
- spread crushed mint (especially spearmint) in the affected area to deter ants
- cucumber is another deterrent for ants so try spreading a few slices around the problem area
- sprinkle chilli powder or cayenne pepper on ant trails and in cracks near your house
- sprinkle borax on ant trails and in cracks in pavement
- find the ant nest by placing sugar on the ground and following them home, then pour boiling water down the hole to kill them
- make an organic spray repellent of citrus peel and water (mix in a blender) and spray ants on the ground or in their nest
- spray ants directly with soapy water made using dishwashing detergent
Remember that ants are hardy creatures and it can take persistency to get rid of them. You might have to try a few or all of the above methods but if you stick with it, you can get the problem under control.
The other point worth noting is that ants can act as predators for other pests as well as pollinators for your fruit and vegetables, so although they are a serious pest when indoors, you don’t want to completely get rid of them from your garden.