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Ants that enter the house are often a nuisance. Here are some how to get rid of ants at home.
Ants usually target various places such as the dining table to swarm the food.
Using insect repellent is indeed quite effective in repelling ants. However, the liquid can cause discomfort such as dizziness or nausea due to insecticide poisoning that is accidentally inhaled.
Launch HealthlineHere are some ingredients to repel ants.
1. Diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth is an insect repellent silica. Just sprinkle some diatomaceous powder on the ants infested area. Use gloves to avoid contact with skin and do not inhale.
2. Glass cleaner and detergent
Illustration. How to get rid of ants at home can be by using a mixture of glass cleaner and detergent. (iStockphoto/Maridav)
Glass cleaning liquid mixed with detergent can repel ants by spraying it on certain parts. Although there has been no research, this method is claimed to be effective.
3. Hand soap
Spraying a hand soap solution on the ants is also effective in getting rid of ants. Especially, the ants swarming on the dining table. However, make sure the food on the table is covered before spraying it.
4. Pepper or chili powder
Sprinkling ground pepper, chili flakes, or chili powder around sweet foods will not draw ants near. Ants really hate spicy smells.
5. Peppermint leaves
How to get rid of ants at home can also be done with peppermint leaf plants or insect repellent liquid containing peppermint. Just like pepper, ants also don’t like the smell of peppermint.
6. Tea tree oil
Illustration. Use of essential oils tea tree It is also a safe way to get rid of stews at home. (iStockphoto/Madeleine_Steinbach)
Essential oil blend tea tree oil and water can help repel ants. Mix 5 drops tea tree oil with 2 cups of water. Spray sparingly and avoid spraying near pets.
Not only does it make the room feel fresher, using a lemon-scented mop can also be a powerful way to get rid of ants.
A practical way to get rid of ants can also be done by using insect spray made from eucalyptus, because it is considered more effective. Make sure spraying is done away from eyes and children.
9. White vinegar
Besides being able to remove stubborn stains, white vinegar is also effective in getting rid of ants. After spraying, you can wipe the surface with a fragrance to remove the vinegar smell.
10. Boiling water
Illustration. Pouring boiling water into the ant hole can also be a way to get rid of ants in the house. (iStockphoto/RyersonClark)
If you see ant holes around the house, pour boiling water into them. Do it carefully because boiling water can injure the skin and cause blisters.
11. Corn flour
Spreading cornstarch on the dining table, cupboard, or other place, is effective for getting rid of ants. However, you need to bother a little after that, because it has to be cleaned again.
12. Cinnamon essential oil
Compounds in cinnamon essential oil, cinnamaldehyde, has been proven to be effective against insects, including ants. You can simply spray it on the ant-infested area.
13. Neem oil
Neem oil is a natural pesticide to repel ants. This oil is commonly used to eradicate plant pests or insects. You can get them at online stores or farm supply stores.
14. Coffee grounds
Illustration. Sowing coffee grounds can also be a natural way to get rid of ants in the house. (iStockphoto/CalypsoArt)
After brewing black coffee without sugar, don’t throw away the dregs right away, because you can sprinkle them into places where ants are infested, so they’re gone. Coffee grounds can be a natural way to get rid of ants.
15. Boric acid
How to get rid of ants at home with boric acid is very effective. The reason, boric acid is like poison to insects. However, make sure the use does not get in the eyes and keep it away from children.