While you will need to contact an ant pest control services technician to evaluate an ant infestation on your property, there are some effective natural ways to deter ants from gaining access to your home while you are waiting for your pest inspection appointment. Here are some things you can do to help discourage ants from finding their way into your living space.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is a natural way to get rid of ants. It provides an effective barrier to insects when sprinkled on a visible ant trail. Diatomaceous earth is not toxic to ants if they consume it. It only dries them out and then they become dehydrated. While diatomaceous earth is not thought to be toxic and therefore not much of a danger for use around humans and animals, it may lead to nasal passage irritation if inhaled in large amounts.
Also, more research is needed to determine if long-term exposure to humans and pets is cause for concern. People who have respiratory problems such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be more susceptible to coughing and shortness of breath after breathing in diatomaceous earth dust than people who do not have respiratory problems. Because it is gritty, diatomaceous earth may irritate your eyes or cause eye redness. Also, if it comes into contact with your skin, you may develop dry skin or itching.
Spices And Essential Oils
Certain spices repel ants. These include cinnamon, black pepper, mint, cloves, and cayenne pepper. Simply sprinkle any of these spices around areas where ants are congregating or near entry points from where they can get into your home. You can also sprinkle the spices in your cabinets and drawers, however, if you're looking for an option that's less messy, place a bay leaf in each of your cabinets and drawers, as ants are repelled by them as well.
Ants are also deterred by certain essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, orange, and lemon. Pour a couple of drops of essential oil on some cotton balls and place them where the ants are. When the fragrance wears off the cotton balls, throw them away and replace them with new ones. Essential oils can be irritating to the skin of children and pets so be sure to use caution and keep the kids and animals away from the oil-infused cotton balls.
Pour half a cup of white vinegar into a full cup of water and then wipe down your kitchen surfaces, floors, cupboards, and drawers with the solution. The reason why white vinegar is so effective in getting rid of ants is that ants do not like the smell of vinegar and because the vinegar also eliminates the telltale scent that ants leave behind. Not only does white vinegar repel ants, but it is also an excellent household cleaner.
Before using the white vinegar solution on your natural countertops, check with the manufacturer to make sure it is safe to do so. Certain stone surfaces such as marble, granite, and quartz may not react well to vinegar. If you find out that vinegar is not safe for your countertops, simply clean them with your regular all-purpose countertop cleaner. The ingredients contained in the spray cleaner such as alcohol or ammonia may also help deter ants.
As soon as you see ants congregating in or around your home, call an ant pest control services technician. They will visit your property and perform a comprehensive pest inspection both inside and outside while looking for signs of ant hills in the cracks of your driveway and sidewalks.
For more information, contact a company like Good News Pest Solutions.