It was a mild winter, and while the daffodils are loving the warmer temperatures, so are all of the insects. That means we're probably in for a pretty buggy spring and summer. Winter freezes tend to cull the insect population, so warm temperatures equal more bugs. If you've had ant problems in the past, chances are those little fellas are going to appear in your home again this spring.
When you're facing an ant invasion, your instinct may be to grab a can of insecticide, but that stuff is terrible for indoor air quality and for your health. Next time you see a row of ants marching across the floor, try a few of these natural remedies instead.
- Keep it dry. Ants are attracted to water, which is why they tend to pop up in the bathroom or the kitchen. Dry counter tops and sinks after you use them. Same goes for the tub. Just keep a few rags handy, so you can wipe excess water away.
- Keep it clean. Of course, ants are also attracted to food, so keep food in well-sealed containers, and wipe down the counter and table after you prepare and eat food.
- Plug it up. How are those little pests getting in? Grab a caulk gun and seal off their entry points.
- Get spicy. Ants hate cayenne pepper. That hot pepper tells sugar ants that there's no sugar here for them. Before you caulk any holes where ants are getting in, try rubbing some cayenne on there, then caulk over that.
- Make your own ant killer. Still seeing ants? It's time to get serious. The Happy Housewife has a great 3-ingredient recipe for ant killer. Just like spring cleaning, your ant problem will get worse before it gets better, but once they bring this poison back to the nest, you should be all good. From what I've read, borax is safe to use around pets, but I'd still keep their curious faces away from this stuff, just to be safe. Same goes for kids.
What about you guys? How do you control pests naturally?
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