From chalk to vinegar, these eight common items will tackle your ant problem and help you get rid of ants for good.
Keep ants at bay by drawing a line around home entry points. The ants will be repelled by the calcium carbonate in the chalk.
If fire ants plague your yard or patio and you’re tired of getting stung by the tiny attackers, a flower pot can help you quench the problem. Place the flowerpot upside down over the anthill. Pour boiling water through the drain hole and you’ll be burning down their house.
You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance.
Two or three of your annual summer visitors have invaded your kitchen. Those ants are looking for sugar. Give them some pepper instead.
If ants are beating a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.
For an effective organic ant repellent, scatter talcum powder liberally around house foundations and known points of entry, such as doors and windows.
Serve the ants on your premises with an eviction notice. Pour equal parts water and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Then spray it on anthills and around areas where you see the insects.
Sprinkle a line of flour along the backs of pantry shelves and wherever you see ants entering the house. Repelled by the flour, ants won’t cross over the line.