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How To Get Rid Of Ants - Naturally


One good thing about having ants in your house or infesting your garden or yard is that they are not dangerous in any way (unless they are fire ants) - they merely cause a nuisance and stop you from enjoying your home. No common or garden ants carry disease or are harmful to humans and there have been no reports of anyone contracting anything from having ants near their food. However, there is nothing worse than opening a cupboard and disturbing them whilst they were peacefully feasting on a pot of jam, sending them scurrying away as fast as their legs will carry them.

Fortunately, keeping ants under control and stopping them from entering your house is pretty easy to do and simple methods can be effective and almost instant too! This eBook will concentrate on using natural products to keep the crawling critters at bay, as well as giving you some excellent tips for not only getting rid of them now, but for keeping them out forever.

You may find that using some of these tips will keep ants out for a short time - but they are very resourceful little creatures and will definitely find a new way to get to your food. This eBook will let you in on some great organic and natural tips for keeping them away, making your home an ant free zone. You will also learn how to control them at their source in ways that are less destructive than pouring a bowl of hot water mixed with bleach in the nearest nest you can find.

Prevention

The best form of attack against ants is to prevent them from getting into your home in the first place. When an ant first finds its way into your home and discovers a plentiful bounty of stuff to nibble on, it will then return to its nest and tell all of it’s friends and family about it. If you can stop this process from happening in the first place, you will have nothing at all to worry about - no ants - never.

If you find an ant in your home for the first time, it is then that you need to act to keep them out. These types of ants are usually “scouts” who travel from the nest to find new places to get their food from. By stopping them there and then, you stand the best chance of keeping them out for longer.

Lets look at a few ways you can stop the ants from getting into your home in the first place.

Tidy It Away!

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The number one reason ants are coming into your home is to get food. Leaving out old food scrapings, crumbs or pots will entice them in and your problems will have started.

Make sure you keep your kitchen tidy and don’t leave out any food on the work surfaces or give them easy access to opened jars or boxes. If there is food that must be left out or saved, seal it up in a plastic container or bag. Jars such as jam or sweet things should be wiped down first and kept in the fridge where possible. Hopefully ants will not make it that far!

Ants will also get into a sink that has dirty plates in or get into your bin too. Sometimes they are attracted simply by the smell of something sweet, so take care with items like fabric softeners or scented candles as these can sometimes act as attractants to them. If you see ants start to congregate in odd places, ask yourself why they went there. What is it that is attracting them to that place.

Storing these types of things in airtight containers or bags will help keep the smell in and stop the ants from wanting to get near them in the process.

Keep It Clean.

Ants also respond to the smell of food too, so making sure your surfaces and kitchen is clean will help keep them at bay. Make sure you use a natural or organic surface cleaner and wipe down areas where ants might come in and find food. Tests have shown that they do not like clean areas or those that have a strong smell attached to them (that is not the nice smell of rotting food, that is).

Also make sure you keep the floor clean, sweeping away any crumbs or vacuuming regularly. After all, this will most likely be the first place the ants enter your home and are most likely to find food scraps.

I am sure you are a clean person anyway, but ants do not need an excuse and will follow their noses, so to speak.

Block Access.

Ants are amazingly good at finding ways to enter a home. Being so small, they can squeeze through small cracks and gaps in woodwork, bricks and even metal to gain access. Nothing will prevent them from getting in, so spotting any possible entry points and blocking them is the best thing to do.

Using a synthetic filler (purchased from a local hardware store or from Amazon) fill in any gaps or holes where you have seen ants getting into your home. These may be hard to spot at first, so take some time to look around the exterior of your home to find any possible entry points. If you find an ant in your home already, follow them until they leave and you will find the gap that needs to be plugged.

You may not be able to put this tip into operation until you get infested, but taking the time to block any obvious holes will help in the long run. It will also help stop spiders and other creepy crawlies from getting into your home.

Plant For Success.

Ants don’t like strong smelling things and using this against them in plant form is easy. By surrounding your house with strong smelling plants such as mint, cloves or citrus type plants, it will help keep them away. You could simply begin by creating small herb gardens on your windowsills as these are popular places for ants to gain access to your home.

Cure - or what to do when the ants are already in the house.

So, you are probably looking at this section because you are overrun with ants and are looking for some good natural tips for getting rid of them quickly, painlessly and easily. Great! You are obviously an animal lover and don’t want to harm the ants too much. After all, they are just doing what comes naturally to them.

Many people think that getting rid of ants should involve the use of chemicals such as Boric Acid to stop them from getting in your home. Whilst these chemicals are effective, they are also quite strong and can be harmful to pets and humans too if not used in the correct way. By using natural products, herbs, spices or items, you can achieve the same effect without bringing in the chemical attacks on the poor ants.

Use Powder.

Ants hate anything that is powdery - fact. They hate climbing over it, walking through it and getting around it. If you put some powder down in the path the ants are taking to your food, this will stop them in their little tracks. It works even better if you put the powder down nearest to the entrance point, inside and out.

You can use baby powder, flour, baking soda or salt to stop them - the finer the powder, the better. You can also use crushed leaves of strong smelling plants such as mint to create these lines, but you may end up needing more than you can grow.

Draw The Battle Lines.

A really simple way to stop ants from getting around is to draw a line that they cannot cross. A bit like garlic to a vampire, ants hate to cross over lines drawn on the floor. It does sound odd, but they are very sensitive to things like that and will find it hard to walk over them.

You can use chalk, charcoal, small lines of a powdery substance such as a spicy herb or fine produce or even things like vaseline. However, the lines will need to be of sufficient thickness to stop the ants getting over it, so make them at least half an inch thick (unless you have giant ants where you live!).

This tip does not work great for getting rid of ants once they are inside your home, but drawing lines across areas where ants cross or travel frequently can really help. If you are feeling extra mean, you can encompass them in a circle and scoop them up after you have got bored of watching them try to find a way out.

He Who Controls The Spice...

Ants hate spicy things. Controlling them with products such as red chilli powder is fairly cheap and also harmless to the ants too. They will try to get away from anything similar to strong spices, so use bay leaves soaked in peppermint, pepper, cumin, mint or cinnamon. You can either use these in lines as mentioned in the previous tip, or sprinkle it down in places where you see them amassing. It is a great way to annoy them sufficiently that they will leave a nest and move elsewhere - hopefully to your neighbors garden!

These types of natural products also work well as sprays or in water. Simply mix up some mint or spice in a spray gun (the kind you use to water plants with) and spray it around the areas where the ants live or enter your house. Peppermint seems to work the best. The great thing about this method is that it will not be dangerous to pets or plants at all and will cause the ants to get as far away from it as possible. Also, the water does not have to be boiling hot either - no steam baths here please!

Cover Their Tracks.

If you remember from earlier, the scout ants seek out food and then return to the nest to tell their buddies, leading them back to where it was located. They do this by leaving a scented trail on their way back so they can find their way again. If you can get rid of that trail, the ants will have no idea where to go any more.

To clean up the invisible trail, put down some soapy water or spray or clean with strong scented liquid. Again, a strong peppermint smell is a great way to get rid of this trail. The smell of it is so strong to ants that they are unable to pick up where they went and the trail is broken.

If you can stand the smell, vinegar is also great for this. Use some diluted vinegar to spray in affected areas or wash down surfaces where the ants have been so that the trail will be broken.

Take The Battle To Them.

Destroying the nest will definitely ensure that the ants that are bothering you will be gone for good. There are many, many different ways this can be achieved through the use of some very evil chemicals that are very effective. However, if you kill the nest with such powerful stuff, you will also risk killing plants, grass and other wildlife too - and the whole point of you getting this eBook was to try to avoid doing this.

We want to control the ants, but not create a nuclear wasteland where they used to live. That is not going to help anyone!

Luckily, there are ways to safely destroy their nest that will not cause too much damage to it’s surroundings. With any attack of this nature, you may find that you are killing many, many ants - so be prepared for a little bad karma down the line if you have an issue with this.

Bring Out The Heavy Guns.

If you want to really make sure that you are getting rid of ants, a simple and not too corrosive chemical you can use is Borax. This natural chemical can be found in many detergents, soaps and is even used as a food additive - but it is great for keeping those pesky ants at bay. The Borax works by dehydrating the ants, which eventually kills them.

The best way to use Borax against them is to pour it directly onto the nest or to place it where the ants are most commonly found. I prefer to mix it with something sweet (such as fine sugar) and then pour it onto the nest, which I have found to be most effective. The ants are then attracted to the smell of the sweet stuff and get covered in the Borax, taking it back to the nest too.

You can also mix Borax with liquid too, which can be helpful if the ant nest is in a hard to get to area or is deep underground.

Give Them A Hot Bath.

This tip is pretty obvious really - boiling hot water poured onto the nest will be very harmful to the ants and any eggs they have laid. However, I have found that this can also be very bad for the grass around the area, which also gets scorched and usually dies too - so this one is not so well recommended by me.

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