As the weather heats up and you head outside to the beach or park to catch up with family and friends, some creepy crawlies may start to make themselves comfortable in your home.
Summer is the prime time for ants and unfortunately for you they’ll come in groups of many in search of food and a nice place to rest. While bug sprays and repellents may kill and deter them, they can also be dangerous for pets if not cleaned up properly.
Thankfully sprays and repellents aren’t the only ways to get rid of pesky ants with more natural options to choose from that won’t harm your beloved cats and dogs.
It seems crazy, but the chalk your grandchildren love so much could actually be an effective way to repel ants.
Just as we don’t like walking through mud or dirt if we don’t have to, ants are similar with chalk. As many people on social media have pointed out, the insects can’t stand stepping onto it.
The smell of the chalk disrupts the ants’ ability to pick up scents and they become confused.
“Ants hate chalk,” Twitter user Christine Fox wrote. “Draw a chalk ring around your drink or outline your coasters and they won’t cross the line.”
Herbs and spices can transform a meal from just okay to delicious, but that’s not their only use. Black pepper, mint, cinnamon and garlic powder all produce smells that ants can’t stand.
All you have to do is leave the herbs in small bowls or sachets around the house or, alternatively, you can dip cotton balls in oil versions of the spices. As an added bonus, it doesn’t just work on ants with a number of other critters such as cockroaches and fleas also turned off the scent.
Vinegar is an effective cleaning product, but did you know it’s also a deterrent for ants? Just like chalk and herbs, vinegar causes problems for ants’ scent trails.
Just mix together equal parts of water and vinegar and wipe down the areas where ants have congregated. It may take several wipes, but in time you’ll notice the ants are no longer sticking around like they used to.
Believe it or not, citrus is toxic to ants and will kill them on contact so it’s normal for them to avoid the scent like the plague. If you place citrus peels near the entry points of your home ants won’t dare go anywhere near and will instead leave in search of another food source.
Citrus fragrances and scented spray and wipes also do the trick. You can even spray lemon juice and water through different areas in the house to stop them from coming back.