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ant problem?  
These 3 non-toxic solutions can help

An ant problem is a frustrating challenge, to say the least. You want the ant infestation gone - stat!

But you also don't want to take any chances with your family's health, and are understandably reluctant to call an exterminator.

Choosing a natural ant killer is the best ant removal strategy if you have children and pets at home. Here are 3 effective, non-toxic pest control methods that can stop an ant problem in its tracks.

1. solve an ant problem naturally with peppermint soap.

Peppermint soap is natural way to get rid of ants. To create, mix 3 tablespoons peppermint soap shavings and 16 ounces of water.

Spray from a squirt bottle directly on the little marchers to stop them in their tracks. Wipe up any lingering incentive for followers by removing all traces of the little black ants with damp paper towels.

2. use a boric acid bait to remove an ant infestation.

Lay down boric acid baits for ants. These baits work well using a minimum of insecticide. The biggest plus here is that boric acid baits are also effective at eliminating the ringleader: the scout. (That's the one leading the pack to your food and water.)

3. douse ants with diatomaceous earth.

Powder wall cracks and baseboards with diatomaceous earth. It's a non toxic, insect-repelling dust that will send the annoying army marching elsewhere.

how to prevent future ant problems

  • Keep your home clean and dry. Insects need both food and water to live inside.
  • Keep garbage cans inside your home clean. Seal tightly to prevent insect infiltration.
  • Seal wall cracks with caulk. Weather-strip doors and windows to seal out insects.
  • Create a barrier around pet food dishes. Fill a shallow, wide container - such as a cereal bowl - half full of soapy water, then place the cat food dishes inside.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store to find the products and supplies mentioned here to help you safely solve your ant problem. 

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.