Have you had ants in your kitchen lately? A few weeks ago they appeared in my kitchen. For several days I killed them each time I saw one but I became increasingly annoyed as the number of them grew. My first thought was – I need to buy some ant traps. My second thought was – No I don’t. I bet I can get rid of them with something I already have.
A quick online search led me to a great article from Tip Nut. The article had some really useful information. One thing it cited was that ants leave a trail for their ant friends to find that is undetectable to humans – this would explain why, even though I was killing them, more were appearing.
The first thing the article suggested were a few repellents – one of which was vinegar. Are you surprised? There is very little that vinegar can’t do. They suggested cleaning surfaces with vinegar and that it would repel the ants. As many of you know, I use a lemon/vinegar all purpose cleaner anyway so this was’t tough for me. I clean the counters at least once per day with vinegar but in-between time I usually just wipe them down with a dish cloth. After reading that article I kept my spray bottle on the counter, and every time I needed to wipe up any food at all – I used the spray. I sprayed around the trash can and all along the floor where I had spotted them. In less than a day – ants gone.
I was all ready to try out the other ideas – especially the bait, to see if they actually worked. Lucky for me, I don’t think I’ll have to bait and kill them in my kitchen. However, I’ve noticed a few in my bathroom lately – and there’s no way I’m walking in there multiple times per day to spray and wipe down with cleaner. So maybe I’ll get to try something else out in there.
Another great resource is the list of natural ant repellents. There’s a list of common items that ants naturally stay away from. The article suggests sprinkling the repellent in cracks or crevices where you see the ants appearing. I was going to try the cinnamon – I love the scent, so sprinkling a little here or there wouldn’t bother me at all. I really like that you can use ordinary things in your home, non-toxic things, to take care of an ant problem.
Have you had ants in your home and you found a way to get rid of them naturally? Please share!
Why I do what I do ~ On my birthday recently my husband gave me a gift that was a little more than I was expecting. As a result of my shock I gave him one of those slaps on the back of the head that wives occasionally give – in love of course, I was very grateful. The next day, Chloe was hanging out with me and we were chatting. She asked me if I liked my birthday present. I told her yes, I liked it very much. She said, “I don’t want you to hit Daddy when you like your present anymore.” She had clearly been thinking about it. Poor thing thought Mom and Dad were fighting. Guess I better cut down on the head-smacking.