7 natural ways to get rid of ants in your house and garden

Lisa Walden
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From Country Living

Are you looking for effective natural ways to get rid of ants in your house and garden? Like many common 'pests', ants are drawn to areas where they are likely to find a food source — which can become problematic when you're dining alfresco during the summer months.

Ants are social insects, which means that when one enters your home, others will soon follow. While it might be frustrating to control the number of ants you have, there are plenty of effective ways to keep the pesky insects at bay without harming them.

Here's how to get rid of ants naturally and safely...

1. Using citrus fruits

Ants hate the smell of strong citrus fruits. Save your orange, lemon and grapefruit peels and scatter them around entry points. It's a natural way to deter ants without harming them.

2. Sprinkle coffee grounds

Coffee grounds are brilliant for deterring ants, too. Use yours to create a 'barrier' for the ants. They won't like the feeling underfoot, so place them around entry points.



3. Use peppermint oil

If you've got ants in your bathroom or kitchen, pour some peppermint oil onto a cotton wool pad and place them around the room. It might not look pretty, but it's a surefire way to keep ants at bay as they repel the strong smell. Ensure you place them close to dustbins, compost heaps or doors to the garden.

4. Cinnamon

Another kitchen essential that ants don't like is cinnamon. Again, place it around the areas where ants are coming into your home. Aim for doors, windowsills, floors, flower pots and any tiny gaps.

5. Vinegar

The next time you mop your floors, add a dash of vinegar to your water or cleaning solution. Ants also hate the smell of vinegar. Vinegar can also be used to wipe down surfaces, clean mirrors (with no streaks) and sanitise doorknobs.

6. Cayenne pepper or black pepper

Create a wall of pepper around the area where ants are entering. Much like vinegar and cinnamon, the insects can't stand the strong smell. Alternatively, you can also try mixing pepper with water and creating your own homemade cost-effective spray. This method works wonders without harming the ants.

7. Chalk

Ants don't like lines of chalk in the garden as it disrupts their scent trail. If you have some chalk, simply draw some circles and lines on the ground around the areas where you want them to stop entering. It's only a temporary solution, but it will certainly stop the insects in their tracks.

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