When it comes to ridding your home of pests, organic home pest control is the best choice. No need to expose yourself or your family to the toxic chemicals which are found in synthetic pesticides when there are enough organic methods to do the job well. Everyone has pests, such as insects, mice, and even squirrels and chipmunks which can always find a loose board somewhere and wiggle themselves in through a crack in a basement wall or in the space around the bathroom pipes.
Let’s see what works to eradicate ants
All ants have a sweet tooth, so when it comes to controlling ants the first thing to do is eliminate their favorite foods. If ants are getting into sugar or cake mixes in the cupboards, place the foods in plastic bags and move them somewhere the ants can’t reach them. You could even buy a plastic storage container with a cover to use until the ant infestation has abated. Clean all kitchen surfaces so there are no sweet spills or crumbs.
Clean all surfaces
Wash all surfaces with an ammonia cleanser. This will get rid of any residue that may still attract ants plus they don’t like the smell. Look for places where ants can get in the house and seal up the cracks. Spreading cayenne pepper across entry points will stop the ants from entering. They will never cross a line of cayenne pepper. Flour mixed in with borax can be spread everywhere to kill ants. Don’t use borax if you have young children or pets as eating it can be fatal. Other natural ant deterrents which you can spread around are grounds from coffee, and mint tea or you can spray with garlic or lemon mixed with water.
Store unused food
Store away opened food in the refrigerator to avoid attracting ants. You should also dry up your sink and other moist areas in your home. You will notice ants following the same trails in your house. These are because they are following scent trails left by scout ants so they can go back and forth the food source and their colonies. You can use this ant trails to locate the ant hill.
Get rid of the colony
Follow the ant trails to get to the ant colonies. Ant colonies can be visible when they form mounds on the ground. But these ant colonies actually run deep and wide underground. Stomping on the ant hill will not virtually eradicate the colonies. The best way to destroy them is by flooding them with boiling water. It usually takes three gallons of water to flood an entire colony. Here is a natural way to get rid of a fire ant colony.
You can also mix mint leaves in your boiling water. The smell of mint will be too strong for ants to stand. To keep ants from rebuilding their colonies in your yard, plant mint around your house. After you’ve destroyed the colony, go back to the ant trails. To wipe out the scent trails, mix citrus with water. The strong scent will disorient the ants. You can also use the mint mixture.