When ants invade, it can sometimes feel like you’re fighting an enemy with an infinite supply of annoying little troops. Most of them don’t really bother you but that little line of bugs that slithers in from your front door to somewhere in your home can be infuriating to walk in to after a hard day of work simply because you dropped a glop of jelly or something.
Traditional knowledge combined with commercials will tell you that you should immediately get some harsh chemical sprays and traps and just blast the whole area around the ants and follow them to their nest to do even more damage. That’ll show them you’re the king or queen of your castle right? The problem is these particular ant destroyers contain a wide swath of harmful chemicals. Some ingredients are very bad news and it’s a good idea to check out some proven, natural ant killers and repellents These won’t hurt your pets, make your home smell strange for days or pose real health dangers. Let’s check some of them out.
Handling Ants Inside Your Home
An old time method that’s safe and effective for indoor use to get rid of ants is simple Borax (sodium borate). This ingredient is often used in detergents and cleansers and has been used safely for well over a century. A simple mixture of sugar and borax set in a shallow dish ants can easily access. They will not simply fall down dead but they’ll transport lots of this back to their nest. This can wipe out quite a lot of them in one swoop but you have to be patient and let them work at it for a bit. If you set it down then wipe them away it won’t do much.
Another old time trick that’s perfectly safe is the “powder barrier” method. Using this method you CAN wipe out the initial ant line then you simply set a few lines of baby powder or foot powder down where you can see them coming in. Spacing it out at a few intervals works great. They simply can’t figure out where they are or what they were doing when they encounter this barrier and eventually stragglers left in your house will die if you didn’t wipe them away. The main ant colony will give up what it was doing and look for new snacks.
Preventing New Invasions
There are a lot of cool methods out there you probably haven’t heard of. The cucumber defense is an unusual one and it actually works. Something in cucumbers repels ants so cutting some up and setting them in strategic places like windowsills and near your front door will stop them in their tracks (if they enter at these points).
Cayenne pepper sprinkles, bay leaves and powdered ginger are other safe and effective “barriers” that ants simply won’t get close to and refuse to cross. For sprays, try a simple bleach and water solution, vinegar, or tea tree oil to wipe them out and discourage them from returning in the near future.
The biggest solution to typical ants invading your house is to simply clean up any spills or dropped foods immediately. If a jelly sandwich is smashed into your carpet, it will take a bit of work and if you’re in a hurry when this happens, remember the baby powder trick. It works amazingly well and only takes a second.