Below are 10 ways to effectively kill or deter ants naturally, provided by Mother Nature Network.
Lemon Juice - Spraying pure lemon juice in or around openings near your home can prevent the pests from entering. They dislike the sour, acidic all-natural juice.
Cinnamon - Ground cinnamon, cinnamon oil or cinnamon combined with ground cloves, both fill your home with warm, seasonal scents and deter ants if sprinkled in their paths.
Peppermint - Similar to cinnamon, peppermint either by itself, or combined with equal parts water can be mixed and poured into a water bottle and sprayed directly at the ants or along their pathways.
Coffee grounds - Some people have had luck with placing used coffee grounds in the cracks near their entryway. The coffee doesn't kill them, but deters the ants, forcing them to set up shop somewhere else.
Chalk - Drawing a line around windows or doorway entries has kept ants at bay for some. You can usually find chalk at home improvement stores, some of which come in a squeeze bottle, making application easy.
Baking soda and powdered sugar - Mixing baking soda and powdered sugar in jar lids and placing them in strategic corners can greatly reduce ant populations.
Boiling water and dish soap - Filling a spray bottle with soap and hot water can work very effectively against ants. Also, food items that attract ants, such as honey jars, can be placed on a small water-filled saucer to prevent the insects from reaching it. Pouring boiling water on ant colonies both kills the ants and is safe and nontoxic to humans.
Vinegar - Vinegar plus equal parts water isn't just great for cleaning your kitchen countertops and floors but has been known to sufficiently kill unwanted insects. Pouring the solution where the ants have their nest is key. You can also mix vinegar with peppermint for an extra kick that gets rid of them faster.
Cream of wheat - Posts on Helpful Gardener say cream of wheat takes care of ant infestations. After eating the cream of wheat, rolled oats, dry cornmeal or grits, it swells up in their guts and their stomachs explode.
Diatomaceous earth (DE ) - DE is a substance made up of fossilized remains from plankton, an off-white talc powder that effectively kills any bug with an exoskeleton; however it's safe for mammals to eat. DE is completely nontoxic to humans but works well for killing ants. Remember not to let the DE get wet, or it becomes ineffective. While this method isn't instant, you should be able to see results in about a week or so.
As you can see, there are so many effective ways to kill ants, or other insects, without using toxic chemicals. Keep this list handy next time you're dealing with an infestation.
Bettijo My brother had a family of raccoons that wanted to play on his roof right over his bedroom. He did not want to harm them, just encourage them to play on a different part of the roof. Solution: He sprinkled cinnamon on roof over bedroom.
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Bettijo posted on Household Hints Have you ever had a ring that was so tight you could not get it off (or on ) your finger? A jeweler I know keeps a bottle of Windex under his display case. Whenever a customer has trouble getting a ring on or off, he squirts a little Windex on their finger and the ring is no longer too tight.
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Wrightwinger If it's a real problem, wind string around the finger tightly starting at the fingernail. This forces fluid from the finger, and, when removed, allows the ring to slide off.
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