Less-toxic solutions for solving it
An ant problem is frustrating, to say the least. You want to get rid of the little invading marchers - stat! But how?
You don't want to take any chances with your family's health and are understandably reluctant to call in an exterminator.
Thankfully, there are less-toxic remedies to get rid of ants when you have children and pets at home that don't involve big-gun pesticides.
The non-toxic pest-control methods below can help you solve an ant problem while keeping your family safe from harsh chemicals.
Get Rid of Ants Using Peppermint Soap
Stop ants in their tracks with a spray mix of peppermint soap and water.
is a natural way to get rid of ants.
To create an ant-stopping solution, mix 3 tablespoons peppermint soap bar shavings and 16 ounces of water.
Spray peppermint soap shavings mixed in water from a squirt bottle directly on the little marchers.
Wipe up any lingering incentive for followers by removing all traces of the ants with damp paper towels.
Boric Acid Baits
Lay down boric acid baits
for indoor ant control. These baits work well using a minimum of insecticide.
The most significant pest control 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.)
Solve an Ant Problem 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.
Stop An Ant Invasion Before It Starts
- Keep your home clean and dry as a preventative pest control strategy. Insects need both food and water to live inside your home.
- 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.