Getting Rid Of Ants – 11 All-Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants In Your Kitchen

Getting Rid Of Ants – 11 All-Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants In Your Kitchen

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I hate ants. But it’s not just that, I even hate getting rid of ants. Oh, I know they are industrious and hard-working, and maybe I can admire them as they march in and out of an ant hill with some food — as long as that ant hill is a long way from my house and that food is not from my kitchen. Once they set foot in my house, it’s a different story. They have to go!

If you know anything about ants, you know that when they find something good to eat, they are programmed to bring it back to the nest to their queen. They set up a sticky trail to and from the food source to their colony for other ants to follow. Getting rid of ants can be a two-step process: you have to get rid of the ants you see and you have to prevent new ones from following the trail. It usually involves some investigative work as you search for the ant’s point of entry into your home.

Warm weather tends to bring the critters out in droves, and if you have been seeing them in your kitchen, you are naturally concerned about spraying the toxic chemicals found in most commercial bug sprays around your food and your family. The good news is that there are a surprising number of safe, easy and effective ways to get rid of ants, and you probably have many of the ingredients right there in your kitchen.

1. Getting Rid Of Ants With Lemon Juice 

The smell and acidity of lemon juice disrupts ant trails and discourages them from starting new ones. Pour a few drops of lemon juice directly into the hole or crack the ants are using to enter your kitchen. Then wipe some lemon juice around the entire area, such as window frames, floorboards or doorways, where they have been crawling. You may need to repeat this process a few times to deter new ants following the old trail to your home.

2. Getting Rid Of Ants With Diatomaceous Earth

DE is the fossilized remains of tiny one-celled algae called phytoplankton which have skeletons made of silica and hard, glass-like shells around them. Sounds crazy, but it works great. DE works by scratching up the outer skeleton of insects and absorbing their body fluids, causing them to dehydrate and die. Sprinkle DE on the corners of your cupboards, cabinets, window sills, in between crevices, behind baseboards, around plumbing or wiring holes in walls and very lightly on carpets and rugs.

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