Ants. They are generally harmless, but these crawling insects can be a big nuisance for homeowners. This is because ants love to forage and will search high and low for any source of food. Besides that, they also posed potential risk in food contamination as you wouldn’t know where the ants have been crawling.
More often than not, people try to control the problem by using home remedies and DIY solutions. However, the issue with most of these solutions is that they are not 100% effective and can often lead to ants sneaking their way back into your home.
Here are the some common home remedies and DIY solutions known to repel ants
Cinnamon is often regarded as a natural repellent because ants cannot stand the smell. It is believed that by wiping common ant hotspots, such as doors and windows with cotton ball soaked in cinnamon essential oil and water solution will help to repel ants.
Does cinnamon get rid of ants?
Well yes, to a certain extent. A study by the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications revealed that cinnamon essential oil can be used in repelling and exterminating ants. However, there is a catch! In order for this to work effectively, a high concentration of cinnamon essential oil needs to be applied in the common hotspots where ants are most likely to enter. Multiple applications are needed on the same spots after it dries up.
Vinegar is also another popular home remedy for insects. You only need to fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water solution, then apply it to the common ant hotspots and areas where food is kept, such as cupboards and kitchen top.
Will vinegar get rid of ants?
Yes, but only for a short period of time. It is suggested that the aroma from vinegar masks ant’s scent trail, hence, preventing it from finding food. However, once the solution has evaporated, it will no longer be effective. Even though it might help in stopping ants from finding food, this remedy will have little to no effect on infestation that is already in your home.
This DIY solution is thought to be effective because, like vinegar, the acidic property in lemon juice also masks ant’s scent trail hence, deters them. For this DIY option, rub lemon juice around door frames, window sills and other common ants entry points.
In order for the lemon juice to work, you have to constantly re-apply lemon juice at the hotspots to keep the juice from drying out. You will definitely need more than two lemons per day to keep the ants out!
Will lemon get rid of ants?
No, not really. Although lemon juice may seem like a successful home remedy, it is not a foolproof solution. Yes, it may repel them for a short period of time, but in the long run it has little to no effect.
Best ways to get rid of ants
Ants, like any other pest, need food and water to survive. Which is why, the most effective prevention technique is to make your home less appealing to ants.
- Clear up food and liquid spillage.
- Sweep floors regularly to get rid of crumbs and other food debris.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Block off all entry points by sealing cracks and crevices around your property.
- Enlist the help of pest control experts!
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