It was a warm winter in a lot of places, and that means we're probably in for some insect invasions this spring. Last week, I shared some tips on getting rid of ants naturally and asked you guys to share your own tips in the comments. We got quite a few really great suggestions, so I thought I'd share them here with you!
One reader suggested "diatomaceous earth which consists of fossils from diatoms which are a type of algae." This stuff kills bugs, but it's also safe for use around children and pets. He also mentioned that diatomaceous earth is sometimes mixed in to animal feed! I did a little bit of digging, and it sounds like if you have pets or kids that might eat the stuff, you might want to opt for food grade diatomaceous earth.
Reader Yosh Hash had this suggestion:
mint. the weed, not the candy. chop it up and leave it at the entry points, they seem to hate it.
Plus, I bet the mint smells a lot nicer that the cayenne that I suggested! Reader Tiv had another good suggestion:
Camphor works very well to drive ants away. Just rub some camphor along the edges of walls and any entry points, and they’ll be gone in no time. I’ve heard turmeric also works well, but haven’t tried it.
Tumeric may be effective, but be careful! It can also stain, especially if it gets wet.
We also got some good suggestions over on our Facebook page:
- Cheryl Burdick: I work at a preschool and ants are always a concern. Cream of wheat works wonders on getting rid of a large nest of ants.
- Tiffany Sollog: We use Borax. Cheap, easy and safe to use.
- Jessica Salmon: Pour boiling water down the ant hole.
So, spill it, you guys! What other methods have you used to control ants naturally?
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