How to Make Your Own Ant Spray
And Other DIY Methods
May 7, 2020
Have the first ants made their way into your kitchen yet this year? We’re coming close to the time when you’ll have visitors. Help keep them away with homemade ant spray and other DIY options.
Homemade Ant Spray
Option 1: Apple Cider Vinegar: Deter
Ants leave behind little scent trails that send signals to other members of the colony that there’s food nearby. (That’s why you see them marching in a line along your kitchen floor.) The smell of the vinegar can send them off track. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, then spray where you see ants most often. It won’t kill them, but it can keep them from communicating with each other.
Option 2: Lemon juice.
Like vinegar, lemon juice may also destroy scent trails. You can make a lemon and water mixture to spray around where the ants are getting inside.
Other Natural Choices
- Mint. Ants also don’t like the scent of mint, so you can plant them outside on your patio or use mint essential oil on a cotton ball near entryways.
- Cinnamon. You might be surprised to learn cinnamon suffocates ants when it is inhaled. All you need to do is sprinkle it around entryways and/or place it around their anthill.
- Pepper. You can use cayenne or black pepper. You can use cayenne or black pepper around entry points in your home. Simply sprinkle it around. While it won’t kill the ants, they aren’t a fan of pepper, and it will deter them.
- Diatomaceous earth. This mineral works by cutting through ants’ exoskeletons. It’s completely safe for your family!
Skip the Ant Spray and Call Green Pest Solutions.
While most of these methods are good at deterring ants, they don’t take care of the root of the problem: the colony. In order to get rid of ants for good, you need a stronger solution, like ant lures or your neighborhood pest pros at Green Pest Solutions. Call us today at 877-636-9469 to learn about our ant control services.
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