Many Australian homes are infested with Argentine and Odorous house ants. Nothing beats strolling into your kitchen first thing in the morning, bleary-eyed and eager for a cup of coffee, only to discover that your home has been broken into.
There is a simple answer and a convoluted solution to every question. Why do you have ants in your house? It’s simple: ants never stop spreading. It was just a matter of time until they figured out how to get inside. However, knowing the more intricate answer to this issue is the key to keeping them out. You have ants in your house because you haven’t taken the essential precautions to keep them out. Ants are little insects with extraordinary movement. They have the ability to climb walls, stroll across ceilings, and pass through holes in outlets. It’s practically hard to keep them out of a house without some kind of pest control.
Effective ant control necessitates the use of baits and insecticides, which are best applied by a professional who knows how to use them and what safety precautions to take. When ant control is done incorrectly, it might exacerbate ant problems.
Apply a thin layer of DE to windowsills, behind the refrigerator, under cabinets, in and around garbage cans, and any other areas where ants are visible.
Repetition once a day until all of the ants have vanished.
Here are some of the most effective natural solutions for getting rid of ants in your home
1. Mint leaves
To keep insects at bay, plant mint around the perimeter of your property.
Peppermint is an insect repellent that is naturally occurring. Planting mint around your home or using peppermint essential oil as a natural ant repellent are both options. Ants despise the odor, and your home will smell minty fresh as a result! Plant mint at your front door and around the perimeter of your house. Use a cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint essential oil to wipe suspicious spots. Place a peppermint oil cotton ball in locations where ants congregate, such as cabinets.
In a spray bottle, combine vinegar and water in a 50/50 solution. To kill the ants, spray it directly on them, then wipe them up with a moist paper towel and throw them away. Spray vinegar and water around your window sills, doors, and other areas where you observe ants coming inside as a deterrent.
3. Juice of one lemon
Lemon juice, like vinegar, appears to damage the smell trails that ants follow. Make an all-purpose spray by combining one part lemon juice with three parts water. Spray the lemon solution around your home’s entryways and perimeter, as well as any spots where ants are visible.
Cinnamon is an excellent ant-killing agent. An ant suffocates and dies after inhaling cinnamon. Ground cinnamon can be sprinkled on the ants’ route or around the entry of an anthill. Cinnamon essential oil is also effective in repelling ants. Spray ant trails, around doors, windows, and gaps with a mixture of cinnamon oil and water.
5. Black pepper or cayenne pepper
Ants are repellent to both cayenne and black pepper.
Cayenne pepper is poisonous to ants. Black pepper will do the job just as well. Locate the source of the ant infestation, sprinkle some pepper around the location, and, if feasible, build a barrier to keep the ants out of your home. Mix some pepper with water and spray the resultant fluid at the ants as an alternative. The pepper won’t kill the ants, but it will certainly keep them away.
6. Diatomaceous Earth of Food Grade
The exoskeleton of insects is broken down by diatomaceous earth. An ant repellent made from food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is also effective. The fossilized remnants of sea phytoplankton make up this powder. DE’s microscopic razor sharp edges may sever the ants’ exoskeletons, causing their bodies to dry out over time. Apply a thin layer of DE to windowsills, behind the refrigerator, under cabinets, in and around garbage cans, and any other areas where ants are visible.
Rep once a day until all of the ants have vanished.
If you try these ways and still have ant problems, Hilux Pest Control in Melbourne can assist you not only figure out what kind of ants you have, but also get your situation under control. We also offer professional advice on how to keep our customers’ homes and workplaces free of ants. If you need assistance repelling these intruders, give us a call.