Tips to Keep Ants Away the Natural Way

The hazy, hot, and humid days of summer send many Floridians inside, where they can cool off in blissfully air conditioned rooms.  Like humans, ants also seek shelter indoors to escape the heat. These hungry bugs need food and water, which they can easily locate inside your kitchen and pantry. If you've ever played host to these unwanted guests, you understand how difficult it can be to get rid of them. Lucky for you, with some careful planning, it's possible to have an ant-free home. Here are some natural methods to ward off and prevent ant infestations.

Take a Proactive Approach

The easiest way to keep ants at bay is by taking some simple precautions. Make these suggestions part of your regular routine to prevent an ant problem:

  • Put away dirty dishes. It's best to wash dirty dishes and put them away right away. If you use a dishwasher, shut the door tightly to keep ants out.

  • Clean with a vinegar solution: Mop floors and clean counters with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution because ants hate the smell.

  • Sweep and vacuum. Removing crumbs and mopping up sticky spills is the key to an ant-free environment. Clean the kitchen every day.

  • Don't leave food out. Seal leftovers, cereals, and other food in air-tight containers so as not to tempt hungry ants.

  • Seal cracks and crevices. Caulk cracks and crevices in windows and doors. Another option is to fill a syringe with a vinegar solution and inject it in these hiding places.

Get Tough on Existing Ants

Tip #1: Sprinkle cinnamon at points of entry

Cinnamon is a natural ant repellant. Put ground cinnamon in entryways or spray cinnamon essential oil on floors and around doors and windowsills. It's easy to clean up and smells nice too.

Tip #2: Empty coffee grounds on colonies

Coffee grounds confuse ants so that they end up losing track of scent trails. Spread fresh grounds where ants congregate and reapply once a year.

Tip #3 Spray visible ants with soap and water

Fill a spray bottle with liquid dish soap and water. Spritz the mixture on any ants you see, and it will kill them instantly.

Tip #4: Leave out a bowl of corn meal

If you leave out cornmeal, ants will carry it back to the nest. When they eat the cornmeal, they won't be able to digest it properly.

Tip #5: Wipe surfaces with peppermint oil

Ants dislike the smell of peppermint. Pour a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a damp cloth and rub it over clean surfaces in your kitchen and pantry.

If the Problem Persists, Get Professional Help

Of course, no matter how many steps you take to eliminate ants, they may continue appearing. The most effective way to deter ants once and for all is with help from a seasoned professional. Here at Paul's Termite and Pest Control, we take a serious and strategic approach to Integrated Pest Management. We use fewer chemicals to powerfully eliminate pests permanently. Our science-based, eco-friendly practices naturally create a barrier against ants and other pests, so you can enjoy a pest-free home in Jacksonville.

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