Natural Solutions To Repel Ants
- Silicon dioxide – Silicon dioxide, also known as diatomaceous earth, isn’t a poison. But it’s an effective method because it kills ants and other bugs by absorbing the oils in their skeletons, which leaves them dried out. Because it’s such an irritant liquid, you should avoid breathing in diatomaceous earth or getting it on your skin.
- Glass cleaner and liquid detergent – You can help deter ants from entering your house by combining spray-on glass cleaner with any kind of liquid detergent or dish soap. How does this work? Well, the liquid removes the scented pheromone trail that these little creatures leave behind when they walk. Find out which spots are the most frequented by ants, and spray on those areas. Wipe down the area after spraying, but leave a light residue. While there isn’t any study to back this up, many people have mentioned that it’s enough to keep the ants away.
- Hand soap – If you have a problem with the glass cleaner scent, replacing it with hand soap will be more than enough. Soapy water removes the scent of ant pheromones. If they don’t have these trails to follow, ants are unable to communicate with each other.
- Pepper – Also, ants find the smell of pepper extremely irritating. Try using black or red cayenne pepper as an ant repellant. This is by far one of the most natural and safe remedies against an ant infestation.
- Peppermint – Peppermint is, in general, a natural insect repellent that has proven to be extremely effective against ants and other bugs, such as mosquitoes. All you have to do is mix 10 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil with 2 cups of water. Then, go and spray the mixture on the windows and around the baseboards. Like other essential oils, it’s best to keep your pets away, especially cats, as they could be very affected if they’re exposed.