Three easy ways to banish ants from the garden without chemicals

Ants close up working
Ants close up working -Credit:Image: Getty

Chemical insecticides have been the go-to solution when people have been confronted with an ant invasion.

But, an increasing number of environmentally aware individuals are opting for natural methods to rid their homes and gardens of these tiny intruders. With growing concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with chemical pesticides, people are looking for safer and more sustainable alternatives to tackle ant infestations.

Natural methods not only reduce exposure to harmful toxins but also provide long-term solutions that foster a healthier living environment for families and pets. One of the most effective natural remedies for ant control involves using everyday household ingredients found in virtually every kitchen, reports the Express.

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Vinegar, known for its strong odour and acidic properties, is a popular choice for deterring ants. Homeowners can create a simple vinegar solution by mixing equal parts vinegar and water and spraying it along ant trails, entry points, and other areas where ants are commonly found.

The acetic acid in vinegar disrupts the ants' scent trails. This makes it difficult for them to navigate and communicate with each other and will send them scurrying elsewhere.

Lemon juice and essential oils, such as peppermint, tea tree, and lavender, are also effective at repelling ants due to their strong scents and natural insecticidal properties. Homeowners can create DIY ant sprays by diluting these ingredients with water and applying them to ant-infested areas.

Person sprinkles cinnamon powder on house plant
Sprinkling ground cinnamon along ant trails will discourage them from returning -Credit:Image: Getty

Alternatively, soaking cotton balls in essential oils and placing them near ant entry points can help deter these uninvited insects from coming into homes. Cinnamon, with its potent aroma and abrasive texture, is another natural ant deterrent that homeowners can use to their advantage.

Sprinkling ground cinnamon along ant trails, entryways, and other areas frequented by ants can disrupt their pheromone trails and discourage them from returning.

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