Getting rid of ants…Naturally!

Ants can be a major pain to get rid of, and their numbers seem endless. However, there are some steps that you can take to decimate their population in your home.

  1. Make sure all the food in your house is sealed, so that the ants can’t get to it. The ants, having nothing to eat, will go elsewhere. This works because the ants are following the chemical trails left by other ants, who did find food.
  2. Use laurel leaves to keep the ants away from a specific place. Put laurel in your sugar container.
  3. Use chalk to keep ants away from kitchen areas. You will be amazed to see how they move away from any chalk lines – make sure you plan these carefully however.
  4. Corn meal is another good alternative. This method is especially great around pets or children, as corn meal by itself is not poisonous. The ants will carry it home and try to eat it, but they can’t digest it properly. Be sure to put corn meal wherever you see that the ants like to frequent.
  5. Use boric acid, a natural derivative of the mineral “boron”, used in borax, and also in saline solution. It is about as harmful to humans as table salt.
    1. Buy it at the local drug store (about $2 a bottle).
    2. You can pour a tablespoon of maple syrup (or anything you know ants love) on a flat plate or saucer.
    3. Sprinkle the boric acid around the syrup so that the ants must walk through it to get to the syrup; try using a q-top or small stick to ensure a good distribution of the powder around the the syrup.
  6. Put out uncooked Cream of Wheat. When the ants eat it, it expands, and boom!

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