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Over the years ants have become a serious problem, especially in hot and rainy seasons. Ants are social insects and the colonies which infest our homes can range from hundreds to millions of ants, depending on the species. Invading ants get into your food and cause damage in and around the house, as well as lasting damage to your plants.

Having to deal with these pesky intruders can at times be very frustrating as it is not always a simple task to located the colonial nest. To complicate matters further pesticides for ants are harmful to humans and to the environment.

We have compiled a list of helpful and natural remedies to deal with the invading ants in your home. These remedies may take a bit of time and patience, so if you don't have any extra time on your hands then feel free to give us a call on 012 751 6116 or 012 751 6119, or email us and let XPest deal with these little critters for you.

1 THE CINNAMON TRICK

According to a study published in the 2014 International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, cinnamon essential oil yields positive results in both repellency and insecticidal activity. Cinnamon is very effective as an ant repellent as it smell discourages ants from entering any area in which the scent of Cinnamon can be smelt.

How do I use the Cinnamon Trick?

  1. Mix one quarter to one half teaspoon into a cup of water
  2. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture
  3. Wipe down any area you suspect to be used by ants
  4. Repeat once a day until all ants are gone
  5. (optional) You can also place ground Cinnamon and whole Garlic cloves near any holes through which ants may enter your home.

Note: Use the cinnamon oil spray strategically in places of ant infestation only. Cinnamon smells nice in a meal, not so much when it’s all over your home.

2. THE WHITE VINEGAR TRICK

The strong scent of White Vinegar overpowers the ants ability to smell anything else. Ants navigate by scent trail. You may have notice how ants tend to all follow specific paths, this is because a scent trail has been laid by the plucky pioneer who found his way into your home. The overwhelming scent of White Vinegar inhibits the ants ability to smell this scent trail and causes the ant to get lost and confused.

How do I use the White Vinegar Trick?

  1. Mix equal parts of water and White Vinegar
  2. Pour the solution into a spray bottle
  3. Add a few drops of essential oil and shake the bottle well, to insure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed
  4. Spray all baseboards and possible entry points with the solutions, do not douse it, simply ensure that a fine layer of the solutions can be seen
  5. After an hour you can wipe up the ants with a damp paper towel and throw them away
  6. Use the White Vinegar solution to wipe down floors, windowsills, and countertops
  7. Repeat this process daily until the ants are completely gone

Note: Depending on the size of the colony, you may have to wipe daily for several days, but be assured they will all be gone eventually

3. THE LEMON JUICE TRICK

Lemon Juice odour is very strong and tends to deter ants, as it acidic properties inhibit the ants ability to find their scent trails, as in the case of White Vinegar.

How do I use the Lemon Juice Trick?

  1. Rub Lemon Juice on all door thresholds and windowsills in the home. Also look for other possible points of entry the ants may likely make use of
  2. Put drops of Lemon essential oils into cotton balls and leave the cotton balls in affected cupboard spaces
  3. Scatter thin slices of lemon peel sparingly around outdoor entrances
  4. Repeat until the infestation has been eradicated

4. THE PEPPERMINT TRICK

When comes to naturally occurring insect repellents, Peppermint is king. The scent of Peppermint is disruptive to the natural lifestyle of the common ant, in that its scent over powers the ants ability to detect food sources, causing ants to to avoid it altogether.

How do I use the Peppermint Trick?

  1. Mix 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil in to a cup of water
  2. With a spray bottle, spray the mixture onto all the surfaces where ant activity is present
  3. Repeat this process twice daily until the ant infestation has been eradicated
  4. In addition, sprinkle dried Peppermint leaves around your outdoor entrances, and garbage areas to repel ants

Note: You can even grow Peppermint plants in your kitchen harder, should you have one

5. THE CUCUMBER PEEL TRICK

Ants have a strong dislike for the taste of cucumber. While normal cucumbers will work fine, your best bet is to use bitter cucumbers.

How do I use the Cucumber Peel Trick

  1. Peel a cucumber
  2. Place pieces of the peel in all the areas where you have seen recent ant activity.
  3. Replace the peels with fresh ones daily.
  4. Repeat the process until the ant infestation has been eradicated

Note: If you are a big fan of cucumbers, try not to eat all the slices whilst distributing them

6. THE CAYENNE PEPPER TRICK

The potent nature of cayenne pepper destroys all chemical signals that ants rely heavily upon to navigate toward food, their nest and other places. Without a proper signal, ants will not able to survive and will thus look for new places to go.

How do I use the Cayenne Pepper Trick?

  1. Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper powder in areas where you have seen ant activity, as well as around any visible holes which may serve as entry points for the insect invaders.
  2. Mix equal amounts of cayenne pepper and turmeric powder. Sprinkle this mixture across the access points to make an unpleasant barrier for ants.

7. THE LIQUID DISH SOAP TRICK

Dish Soap is a very effective ant and insect repellent. When the ants come into contact with the concoction, they will suffocate and die.

How do I use the Soap Dish Trick?

  1. Mix a teaspoon of Liquid Dish Soap and Baking Soda into a cup of water
  2. Spread this solution along any areas by which the ants enter in to your home
  3. Fill a spray bottle with one part dish soap to two parts water, and shake thoroughly
  4. Spray the mixture over the areas where ants are present
  5. After a few hours wipe away the dead ants with a damp cloth

Note: This method is also effective in use against Cockroaches

8. THE CLEAN HOME TRICK

The most powerful method of preventing ant infestation is still the Clean Home Trick. By taking extra care to keep your home as clean as possible, you go a long way to avoid ant infestations.

  1. Keep your floors, countertops and cabinets clean and free of clutter
  2. Keep all food containers tightly sealed, especially those used for storing sugar, honey, syrup and other sticky sweet foodstuffs
  3. Do not delay in cleaning up any spills. Always clean up straight away
  4. Ensure that all food left out in the kitchen is properly covered
  5. Place food bowls in dishes of water to prevent ants reaching and soiling food
  6. Clean windowsills regularly
  7. Never ever leave dirty dishes in the sink
  8. Do not leave kitchen surfaces damp or wet
  9. Make sure that your garbage is properly sealed
  10. Seal any cracks and crevices (no matter how small) with caulk or petroleum jelly (vaseline)

Well, there it is. 8 helpful tips to combat ant infestation. Should you not have the time to try any or all of these tips out, or perhaps you're just too lazy, then give XPest Control Services a call on 012 751 6116 or 012 751 6119, or email us and let XPest deal with these little critters for you.