Exterminator Reveals Cheap Secret: Never see ants in your home again

As we’re nearing the end of spring the weather is getting better, warmer, and more enticing. This weather though comes with problems as it also entices ants and other pests who are intruding your home and looking for your food. Pest control services are helpful, but can also be expensive. Luckily, there are many effective ways to get rid of ants by yourself.

How To Prevent Ants From Getting In Your Home

The first step in managing ant issues is to prevent them from getting in your home. Ants have a very strong sense of smell and love sugary things, so don’t leave food unprotected on the counter or in the cupboards because they will find it very easily. Even an opened, empty can of soda will attract ants because of the sugar left on the rim, so rinse containers that have been in contact with food before you put them in the trash or in the recycling bin.

How To Get Rid Of Ants

Sometimes ants find a way to your food even if you keep your home clean and your food tucked away. Here are some natural homemade tricks you can try to keep ants at bay.

1. Cinnamon

Ants will avoid places that are scented with cinnamon.

What you’ll need

½ teaspoon cinnamon essential oil
1 cup water
Cotton balls or cloth
Cinnamon cloves (optional)
What to do
Mix cinnamon essential oil with water
Soak a cotton ball or a cloth in the mixture
Wipe your counters and other areas where you spot ants
Repeat once a day until the ants disappear
You can also leave cinnamon cloves near doors and windows

2. Vinegar

Vinegar is another natural ingredient whose smell repels ants.

What you’ll need

Distilled vinegar
Lemon essential oil
Spray bottle
What to do

Mix equal parts of distilled vinegar and water in a spray bottle
Add a few drops of lemon essential oil
Shake well before each use
Spray around baseboards and places where you see ants
Repeat daily until ants are gone

3. Borax

The trick of this recipe is not to repel but to attract ants so that they’ll want to take the food back to their nest and share it. The borax that hides in the food will ultimately kill all of them.

What you’ll need

2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon borax
1 teaspoon water
Plastic container with lid
Sharp object to poke holes
What to do

Mix all ingredients in the container
Seal with lid and poke a few holes through the lid and the sides of the container so only ants can get in and out
Watch the video for more information and tricks on how to get rid of ants in your home and your yard.

If you see that ants and other pests are getting out of control and you can’t manage on your own, it might be better to consult a professional. Getting help when your pest problem persists might save you more money and peace of mind in the long run.