An ant infestation in the house is something nobody wants to come home to. Unfortunately, when the weather starts to get warm, it can seem nearly impossible to keep those ants outside where they belong. While prevention is the best method for keeping ants at bay, there are some things you can do to get rid of them without resorting to bug sprays and harsh commercial products that might put your health and the health of your family or pets at risk.
Often used by gardeners, cayenne pepper can temporarily deter ants from coming near any area, inside your home or even in outdoor gardens. To use cayenne pepper, dissolve a few tablespoons in hot water and then spray the entire area where the ants have been. If you can find the spot where they are getting inside, apply extra solution there. Ants tend to follow a trail, so if you can create a barrier there, it will help greatly.
Ants aren’t fans of pickled foods, though you probably already knew that since they tend to be attracted by sweet, sticky messes, not tart or bitter items. To get rid of a small infestation, particularly one that is localized, you can use vinegar in a spray bottle. The ants in the area won’t like it one bit, and the vinegar odor will keep new ants from coming anywhere near. You can also use vinegar in a spray bottle outside around cracks where ants may be entering.
It might not make your kitchen look pretty, but creating an area with double-sided adhesive tape can keep an infestation at bay before it gets too bad. This works best if your ants are headed toward the fridge or the sink, not scattered all over the place. Make sure you replace the tape daily until the ants have given up.
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