How to Make Your Own Ant Spray
And Other DIY Methods
Have the first ants made their way into your kitchen yet this year? We’re coming close to the time when you’ll have those pesky visitors popping up around your home. When ants suddenly appear it’s beneficial to be prepared with a natural deterrent such as homemade ant spray and other DIY solutions lying around your home.
Homemade Ant Spray
When an ant finds food, it leaves behind a scent trail to let the other members of the colony know where to go, which is why ants are known for walking in those neat lines. You can deter ants by making it more difficult for them to follow the scent trail, so you can make your own ant spray using scented ingredients you have at home. For instance, the smell of the vinegar can send them off track.
Option A: Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, then spray where you see ants most often. This method won’t kill them, but it can keep them from communicating with each other and prevent other ants from finding their way to the crumbs.
Option B: Lemon juice
Like vinegar, lemon juice may also destroy scent trails. Simply make a lemon and water mixture and spray in the area where the ants are getting inside.
Other Natural Choices for Homemade Ant Solutions
You don’t necessarily need a spray to put the ants off their trail! There are other solutions, including:
- 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.
- Pepper. You can use cayenne or black pepper around entry points in your home. Simply sprinkle it around them. While it won’t kill the ants, they aren’t a fan of pepper, and it will deter them.
- Cinnamon. You might be surprised to learn cinnamon suffocates ants when it is inhaled and could be considered a homemade ant killer as opposed to a mere deterrent. All you need to do is sprinkle it around entryways and/or place it around their anthill.
- Diatomaceous earth. This mineral works by cutting through ants’ exoskeletons. It absorbs the oil on the outer covering of the body and dehydrates the ant. Just make sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth so it’s completely safe for your family!
Skip the Ant Spray and Call Green Pest Solutions
While most of these DIY 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 control from your neighborhood pest pros at Green Pest Solutions. We know the safe and effective ways to kick ants out of your home and yard. We start from the outside of your home and work our way in (when possible) because it’s the safest option for you and your family. Whether you are dealing with an ant invasion or another pesky pest in Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New Jersey, we are here for you. Call us today at 877-636-9469 for a free quote and to schedule a service.
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