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Complete Guide: How To Get Rid Of Ants In The House

Complete Guide: How To Get Rid Of Ants In The House
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Springtime is wonderful. It brings new sunshine, spring flowers but it also brings the dreaded ant season. There are a large variety of ants that invade our homes and gardens and the shear amount can be irritating and frustrating. With numerous ways for them to enter – floors and foundations, crevices in the walls or ceilings – in fact any holes that are an opening to attractive smells and food, ants can appear in their hundreds. With so many it can feel like a tall task to get rid of ants in your home but there are some great, effective ways to prevent, deter, and eradicate an infestation. The last thing you want is to have them crawling all over your kitchen and living spaces so here are some different ways to use homemade, cheap alternatives to get rid of those pesky ants once and for all.

Preventing An Ant Invasion

The first thing you can do is to make sure you do as much as you can to prevent an infestation or stop an infestation getting worse. By doing a few simple preventative tasks, you can get yourself on the way to an ant-free house.

  • Keep your house clean by sweeping floors of food and dirt.
  • Keep trash and rubbish away from the house and make sure you put any rubbish out on a daily basis.
  • Don’t allow moisture on surfaces – ants like to find sources of water and tend to stay near them.
  • Always cover food when it’s not in the fridge.
  • Don’t leave dirty plates and utensils around – wash them up straight away.

Deterrents For Ants In Your Home

There are many substances that ants just don’t like and using these can deter ants from certain areas like the kitchen, or you can use these methods outside your house if you know of a particular way they are getting in. Here are three different methods for detering the ants easily and effectively.

1. Chalk

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    Ants absolutely hate chalk. The calcium carbonate in the chalk repels the ants and stops them from entering the house. You can simply draw chalk lines where you don’t want the ants to wander either around the house or in rooms (if you’re able too). Alternatively you can purchase chalk dust and sprinkle this around any entry points to your home. The ants will be reluctant to cross and it will keep them at bay.

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    2. Flour

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      Similar to chalk dust, flour is also a repellent to ants. Sprinkling flour especially around food cupboards, will stop ants from getting in and crawling over food stuffs. You can put flour in front of open doorways or entry holes to prevent the ants from entering your home.

      3. Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

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        A genius way to stop ants from crawling on to your food is to surround it with adhesive tape – sticky side up (double-sided would work best). The ants will get stuck and won’t be able to reach their prize.

        Eradication of Ant Dens

        If you want to deal with the problem at its source, and you are aware of where the ant mounds are then there are inexpensive, homemade ways to do this. Eradicating the ants at the source will help with fewer getting into the home. Here are three easy ways to deal with any ant hills or dens that you have close to your home.

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        1. Borax, Water and Sugar

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          This is a great way to attract the ants from their den and kills them before they can get into the home. If any ants survive they will take the borax solution back to their colony and spread it around doing half the job for you!

          • Get some old plastic containers and put holes around the sides about a couple of centimetres from the top (about the width of a pencil)
          • Mix Borax with sugar –  around a ratio of 3:1.
          • Put the powdered mixture into the container until it’s around a centimetre down from the holes and mix it with water. It should be a soupy consistency but it doesn’t have to be exact.
          • Add a teaspoon of peanut butter (as ants love a bit of peanut butter) and mix it in.
          • Leave it around the ant hill or den with the lid on. The ants will crawl through the holes but shouldn’t be able to crawl out again.

          2. Flowerpots

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            There’s a great and simple trick that uses a flowerpot. Turn a flowerpot upside down over the ant den and pour boiling water down the small drain hole of the flowerpot this will kill a lot of ants at the source leaving less to come in and infest your home.

            3. Boiling Water and Washing Up Liquid

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              Much the same way as the Borax, having a jam jar full of boiling water and washing up liquid will attract the ants. Place these next to an ant colony or alternatively use it with the flowerpot method instead of plain boiling water. This will kill the ants almost instantly and prevent them from spreading to the house.

              Homemade Sprays To Get Rid of Ants

              Bug sprays can be full of chemicals so it’s best to use homemade versions that are environmentally friendly and still as effective. Keep a few different sprays around the house to use when an infestation occurs.

              1. Vinegar

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                Ants absolutely hate the smell of vinegar so mixing equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle and aiming it at the ants will give them a huge signal to leave. They will soon be off to somewhere else that smells a lot better. Spraying this onto surfaces and letting it dry will also stop the ants from wanting to come near them. Use vinegar several times a day to get the full effect.

                2. Citrus Fruit

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                  Mixing any citrus fruit with water and using it as a spray will deter the ants away. The juice of oranges, lemons, limes (or all three if you want) mixed with water. Alternatively, lemon peels are particularly effective when blended up and added to water – let the mixture infuse before spraying in the direction of the ants.

                  3. Tea Tree Oil

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                    Tea tree oil is another pet hate for ants so, again, mixing a few drops into water will make a great spray that will help get rid of ants in your home. There are also other smells including cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, and some strong perfumes which are highly detested by ants. Using these with water will create safe, cheap homemade sprays that will rid you of the ants in your home.

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                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                    100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                    Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                    By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                    Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                    83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                      84 write random letter

                        85 use a rubberband

                          86 dorm smell bad

                            87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                              89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                90 take a picture of the name card

                                  91 iron inside out

                                    92 old newspaper

                                      93 tumble try shoes

                                        keep a card like this

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                                            94 soap bar

                                              95 make a hole

                                                96 drop the battery

                                                  97 use a coozie

                                                    98 when taking a picture

                                                      use a clean dust pan

                                                        try a pants hanger

                                                          use your cellphone light

                                                            use a spring from an old pen

                                                              quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                user binder clips

                                                                  wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                    put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                      clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                        use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                          doritos are great for kindling

                                                                            use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                              use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                  use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                    almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                      sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                        unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                          cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                            remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                              turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                  how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                    tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                      place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                        ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                          use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                            take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                              how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                  How to make sure you drink enough water

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                                                                                                                      good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                        turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                          50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                            the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                              add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                  hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                    stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                      the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                        how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                          the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                            use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                              to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                  a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                    rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                      use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                          51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                            52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                              rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                  use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                      59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                        60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                          hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                            Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                              hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

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                                                                                                                                                                                    keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                        drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                          use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                            use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                              do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                  dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                    put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                      75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                            78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                              79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          88 before you throw away a post it

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