Forever uninvited and always unwelcome, ants take liberties by overstepping their bounds by invading your home and property as though it were socially acceptable. Getting rid of ants is a miserable enough chore, but it’s worse when you’re concerned for the health of your small children and pets as well. Fortunately, there are organic ways to go about this.
Several Simple Suggestions
Boil at least two rhubarb stalks in a gallon of water for 30 minutes. Set the pot aside and leave it for one week before pouring the liquid into a spray bottle to spray ants wherever you find them.
Sprinkle dry grits or cornmeal in areas where ants have become a problem. Ants will take this back to their nests and try unsuccessfully to digest it. This solves your ant problem at the source.
Sprinkle Epsom salt around an ant nest to make them move out.
Chop up any kind of hot pepper you have handy and mix it into some hot water. Pour the solution into their nest. Those that survive will move out.
Flood ants nest with your garden hose. This may need to be done daily, but eventually they will get the point.
Things You Will Need
- Rhubarb stalks
- Dry grits or cornmeal
- Epsom salt
- Hot pepper
- Ants don't care for baby powder or chalk, so creating barriers in places you don't want ants can be very effective.