It’s almost summer and that means nice weather and spending a lot of time outside in the garden. But aside from all the fun, summer also has its downsides. There’s vermin all over the place and that always bugs us. We profoundly hate ants in particular. Nothing is as annoying as walking into your kitchen in the morning for a nice cup of coffee or tea and then finding out that there’s a parade of ants marching through your house.
Although they are only small critters, it’s still very unhygienic and they will spread like wildfire. Of course, all kinds of pesticides are available, but having all those chemicals in your kitchen isn’t exactly a good thing. Especially if you also have pets nosing around! Fortunately, that is not necessary at all. The natural products that you already happen to have in your kitchen will go a long way.
What you need:
- Borax (optional)
Annoying; those ants in your house. But don’t immediately resort to those unhealthy chemical pesticides. There is a much milder way to get rid of the pests.
Ants have an excellent sense of smell and dislike the smell of cinnamon. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon oil to a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in it and use it to smudge the ant’s habitats. Repeat this procedure until the ants are gone. Place whole cinnamon sticks outside, especially near the door, on the window sills and other entrances. You can also put the cinnamon oil in a spray can and bombard the ants wherever you meet them.
They also despise vinegar. That is good news because that gives us a cheap defence agent. Fill a spray can with equal parts water and vinegar. Add a little fragrance oil, lemon for example, which is another smell that ants can’t tolerate. Shake well before use and then thoroughly spray all possible access points. Do this once a day until the ants have completely disappeared.
Borax is a natural mineral that is used in most pesticides. Borax is sold in powder form or as colourless crystal salt. You can buy it in some supermarkets or at the drugstore or pharmacist. All you need is a cup of warm water, half a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of Borax and some cotton wool balls. Mix all the ingredients together and dip the cotton balls in the Borax mixture. You can then place the balls wherever you want, for example along the edges of the doors that ants use to gain entrance.