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How to Eliminate House Ants Naturally

How to Eliminate House Ants Naturally

Ants are ruining my life at the moment. Perhaps a little dramatic but with the warm weather and a messy toddler who has discovered honey sandwiches, the ants are indeed marching one by one … into my home.

There are different species of ants that may be in and around your home but for this article, we’ll focus on house ants. These little creatures love your leftovers and crave the sugary stuff as much as my daughter does. Worst of all, they can be really tough to get rid of!

While it’s tempting to kill them, the pheromones they leave in their trail means their friends won’t be far behind, so it doesn’t really solve the problem. You have to go all Rambo and kill the colony instead.

Here’s how.

What you need:

 

1 squirt Dishwashing detergent

½ cup warm water

2 Tablespoons Borax (I found mine in Coles for about $4)

1/4 cup icing sugar

 

Cotton buds

Bottle lids or small Tupperware container lids

½ cup white vinegar

Spray bottle

 

What you need:

 

1 squirt Dishwashing detergent

½ cup warm water

 

Cotton buds

Bottle lids or small Tupperware container lids

 

2 Tablespoons Borax (I found mine in Coles for about $4)

1/4 cup icing sugar

 

½ cup white vinegar

Spray bottle

 

Note: Keep an eye on children around the bait. If your kid is anything like mine, they’ll think you’ve left treats around the house for them to eat/play with and Borax shouldn’t be ingested.

How to remove house ants

Sponge the area where you’ve spotted the ants with an equal parts dishwashing detergent and warm water solution. This will help to eliminate the pheromone trail.

Speaking of trails, you’ll need to identify where you think the ants are coming in. You can do some re-con for a few days to find the entry point or if you’re like me, already have a good idea where the sneaky things could be getting into the house.

Combine the icing sugar and Borax, then put the mixture in bottle lids or tupperware lids and place near the trails and entry points.

This mixture works so well because the ants are attracted to the sugar and the Borax will kill them – they’re not able to differentiate between the two.

The ants will do the heavy lifting for you too, taking the powder mixture back to the colony with them which will in time eliminate the whole nest.

Make sure you’re just putting the baits where you’ve spotted ants and where you think they’re coming in though, otherwise you may just attract more ants.

For a more kid and pet-friendly option, just mix the sugar and borax with warm water, soak some cotton balls in it and place along the trail for the same results!

Combine water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz along door seals, entry points and baseboards twice a day just for a few days after you’ve put the baits out. The smell will repel any more ants that might still be coming in.

Other helpful hints for removing ants

  • Keep the house tidy. As best as you can, of course! Keeping on top of spills, crumbs and rubbish will keep the ants away. Try to keep any sticky or sweet substances in containers or zip-lock bags.
  • Peppermint essential oil is handy for many purposes but it can kill ants as well. All you need is a couple of drops on a cotton ball or tip and place them in the ant-populated areas at your place.
  • My mum swears by sprinkling cinnamon along the ant trail – apparently the ants inhale the spice and it suffocates them. Sprinkling cinnamon at the entry point helps too, as the ants don’t like the smell.

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