An ant may be a great animal – an ant colony does, after all, take care of nature’s waste, recycles it, and makes it into a resource again. In fact, there’s no reason to hate the creatures, except that they often disrupt the normal household and are, frankly speaking, a hassle to deal with when you’re trying to take care of yourself and your family. Ants are great, but they should be put in their place. They’re often stubborn insects, so it’s not always easy. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to make sure they do what they do without you feeling the negative effects. Do you have a problem with ants? Here are the best natural ways to rid your home of ants.

Know your ants

Knowing what kind of ants you’re dealing with often helps with tackling the problem – it helps you locate their nest and their food source. Here are the most common ones:

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  • House ants – commonly also known as stink ants or coconut ants; they’re very common and go for the sweet stuff
  • Fire ants – they’re usually of a reddish colour and can give a nasty bite when you’re not aware
  • Carpenter ants – these ants can be found indoors or outdoors, and love to make their nest in dead or rotting wood
  • Pavement ants – usually brown or black, they are aggressive and often attack nearby colonies. If you see a lot of dead ants in the neighbourhood, they might be the reason.

The most basic: sticky tape

If you run some adhesive tape around the area they frequently visit, they get caught in it and learn to avoid that area.

Use chalk

Ants don’t like powders they are not familiar with, so they’re not likely to cross a line drawn in chalk.

Ants hate acid

Lemon water or lemon juice is a natural deterrent. Spray it along the perimeter of your home to keep them at bay.

Using herbs

Some plants will create a natural barrier: try bay leaves, oregano, basil, and mint.

It’s normal to have an ant crawl into your space now and again – they’re just doing their job, and if you see only one or two on occasion, they’re probably scouts just checking to see if there’s anything they should relay to their colony. However, it’s important you investigate as soon as possible so as to get rid of a colony and get rid of ants naturally. Keep your areas clean and avoid food rests (especially sugary food) loitering around. Take out the trash every day, and make sure you don’t have damp or decaying wood around (the creatures love it). It’s easy to deter ants with a little bit of knowledge and some basic habits. Keep your safe home – keep clean and keep an eye open.


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