How to control Ants Without Poison

Things You Should Know About Gardening

by: Marilyn Pokorney

  • Ants are pests in the house. In the home common ants aren't
    harmful but they are a nuisance.


    There are many natural repellants which can be used to
    discourage ants from kitchen counters, pantries, and other
    areas where food lures them in.

    As a first step try to prevent the ants from entering the
    house.

    Use less chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the lawn and
    gardens. These cause an imbalance in the biological makeup
    of the soil. Stressed soil and plants attract ants.

    Many species of ants like to drink honeydew from aphids. If
    good control of aphids in plants and gardens near houses is
    exercised, ants will be less numerous. Ants seem to dislike
    spearmint, tansy, and pennyroyal. Plant these near the
    house to keep ants away. Sweet fern is particularly dislike
    by red ants.

    A simple recipe to repel ants can be made by adding to an
    eight ounce bottle of mild liquid soap one ounce each of
    citronella, pennyroyal, peppermint, cinnamon, rose and tea
    oil. Mix together and add three tablespoons to two cups of
    water. Spray where ants are entering the house. This the
    formula can be used to wash down counters in the kitchen but
    only use one-half tablespoon to two cups of water.

    Spray trash and recycling bins if ants are a problem there.

    For anthills near the house pour boiling water into the
    nest.

    Once ants have entered the house, other measures have to be
    taken. Pennyroyal, tansy, and mint leaves scattered on
    surfaces where ants are found can be used as a deterrent.
    Bay leaves broken in small pieces is also helpful.

    Some people have found a mixture of the following
    ingredients helpful in repelling ants. One cup water, one-
    fourth cup plus one tablespoon hot sauce,, one-fourth cut
    liquid soap, and one teaspoon spearmint of peppermint
    flavoring. Put in a spray bottle and spray where ants enter
    the house.

    Washing down counters with an equal solution of vinegar and
    water is repulsive to ants.

    Powdered cloves or red pepper sprinkled on surface where
    ants are found serves as an excellent repellant. Ants are
    extremely fastidious and will not return to where these hot
    spices can get on their feet and antennae.

    If it not too inconvenient, sticky fly paper placed in
    strategic areas will capture crawling ants.

    Perhaps one of the most unusual substances used that
    discourages ants from pantry shelves are broken egg shells.

    Lastly, clean up all food after eating for it is the crumbs
    that attracts the ants.

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    About the author:

    Author: Marilyn Pokorney
    Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
    environment.
    Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
    Website: http://www.apluswriting.net

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