|It's that time of year again when those tiny little black creatures make their grand appearance in our homes. I have had many clients and friends contact me and ask, "What do I do!?" I have done a little research and have come up with a few different methods to getting rid of these pesky ants. Given that most people are pet owners I am going to offer mostly methods that are pet and child friendly however, I will include one method that is not safe for pets or children but has proven to do the trick!
1) Mix equal parts white vinegar & water into a spray bottle. Add your favourite essential oil to the mixture if you would like to add a scent.
I would recommend peppermint, lemon, cinnamon or clove.
2) Spray the areas that are affected as well as any entry points. Make sure you are also spraying all baseboards as well.
3) After an hour of letting the solution soak wipe the solution and any ants that you may find and discard.
1) Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil to 1 cup water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and wipe down entry areas and all affected areas.
2) You can also put ground cinnamon or whole cloves at all entry points to stop them from coming into your home.
1) Add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup water.
2) Put in a spray bottle and spray all affected areas and entry points.
NOTE: Peppermint is a natural repellant as it has such a strong scent. This scent will be so strong to the ants that they will have their senses thrown off and leave.
All of these three solutions can be used both indoors and outdoors as well. So if you are experiencing issues with ants in the garden perhaps spray any of the solutions throughout the affected areas.
You can get any of these products at local natural health stores. The three I would recommend are Lawson's Christian Supplies downtown Owen Sound, Naturally Inspired in Owen Sound, and Good Health Mart on the west side of Owen Sound. These stores all carry quality essential oils and the owners may even have a few of their own tips and tricks so be sure to ask when you visit!
1) Mix borax and granulated sugar in a 1:3 ratio. Add enough water to create a paste like solution and then spread the paste solution to affected areas.
Ants are naturally attracted to borax and this solution will kill them upon ingestion.
NOTE: It is very important to keep this solution away from pets and children as borax is toxic.