Ants can become a huge problem in and around your home during the summer, especially if there are any ant holes on your property. While not all ants are harmful, they are still a nuisance and need to be taken care of. Here are 2 ways to get rid of pesky ants around your home without the use of chemicals.
First, the smell of strong herbs will definitely deter ants away from your home and back out into the open. Ants actually have a strong sense of smell, so you either need to kill their sense of smell or at least repulse them with something that they do not like.
A good way to kill their senses is with mint leaves, which will deaden their smelling abilities almost completely. As soon as they get near the mint and smell it, their sense of smell will be gone. They will no long be able to smell the food in your home, and they will not try to find a way in anymore at that point.
If you simply want to deter the ants without killing their senses, then try placing strong herb leaves on the ground near the entry way where they enter. You can use oregano, sage, basil, or rosemary. It is best to use fresh leaves because they are the most pungent, so do not get dried herbs from the store because they simply will not do enough.
This is an easy way to get rid of ants, and it does not cost much, nor do you have to worry about the smell of chemicals or pesticides.
Another great way to kill ants or drive them away is by using vinegar around your home. This is probably not the best smelling option, but it will definitely do its job. You can use any kind of vinegar that does not contain sugar since sugar is what attracts ants.
If you do not want to pour vinegar all over your doorways, then fill a spray bottle and spritz the vinegar on the entries and in the cracks where they can crawl. You can repeat this every day or even a few times a day if you have a big infestation.
The vinegar will not attract the ants, and they will not be able to smell any sugars in your home because of the vinegar. One of the best parts about using this solution is that the vinegar smell will go away for you, but the ants will still be able to smell it and will want to avoid it.
By using one or both of these remedies, you can get rid of ants the easy way. If your problem still does not go away, then calling a pest control company (such as Arab Termite and Pest Control) is the next step.