Ants are common in many homes and they are not just limited to residential areas, but they can also end up infesting commercial areas, especially commercial kitchens where there is plenty of food for them. On sighting ants, most people reach out to insecticides and even though they can be great in eliminating the ants, they do come with health risks to humans and even pets around the home.
The natural path is probably a better path to take because natural remedies are usually safe to use even around humans. Below are some of the best natural remedies you can try to get rid of the ants infesting your space.
The smell of vinegar naturally manages to repel ants and masks scent trails. You can add equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water into a spray bottle before then you spray the mixture onto the entry points of the ants or around areas where you have spotted the ants. Regularly spraying these areas will keep the ants at bay.
The essential oil of peppermint works as a great natural remedy for the ants. It is a strong smell that ants cannot withstand and you will therefore not just manage to repel them, but you will also love the way your home smells. A few drops of the essential oil can be placed on a cotton ball and then you can use it to wipe suspect areas or even leave the cotton ball in areas such as cabinets where the ants frequent.
3. Tea tree oil
This is another very effective essential oil that you can effectively use to get rid of ants from your home. It is largely used as a general antiseptic and a disinfectant and ants really cannot stand it. You can place a few drops on a cotton ball and then wipe all areas you suspect ants use to enter your home or place the ball in areas frequented by the ants. You will not see any traces of the ants if you use the oil repeatedly for a few days. It can also be used as a spray with other natural remedies like vinegar and water.
The scent disrupts scent trails and the oil also kill the ants it comes into contact with. Euganol is the clove oil component that does all the work because it is a contact insecticide that works very fast and it widely used in lots of household pest products. If you want to get the best results, you should use the clove oil in small amounts mixed with another oil because it is very strong.
The essential oil of lemon has d-limonene which is very toxic to the ants. Orange oil also has the same effects on the ants and can be used as a natural repellent and treatment for the ants. Just like the other oils, place lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and wipe suspect areas and repeat for several days.