Now that the weather is warming up, it's time to start watching out for those little pests that like to wreak havoc on your life during the summer. One of the biggest nuisances you'll find in your home, and in your yard, is the ant – doesn't matter what kind. Virtually every type of ant that you'll find this summer will be ready to crawl all over your counters and sting you at a moments notice. If you're not ready to use chemical pesticides in your home yet, you can still get rid of the pests. Here are three natural ways to stop ants in their tracks.
Go Heavy on the Lemons
If you've got ants coming into your house, the best thing you can do is grab the lemons. Lemon juice is a natural deterrent against ants.
Spritz the House
As soon as you find the first ants in your yard, you'll need to take steps to keep them out of the house. Fill a small pan with water and add a sliced lemon. Bring the solution to a rolling boil, and then turn the heat down. Let the solution simmer for a few minutes before turning the heat off. Let the solution cool down, and then pour it into a plastic spray bottle. Spritz the lemon water along your windowsills, doorways, and along the edges of your cabinets.
Treat the Hill
If you can see active anthills in your yard, you'll need to take battle right to their home. Peel several lemons, and place the peels in your food processor. Pulse for several seconds to turn the peels into a soft pulp. Slowly add enough water to form a liquid solution. Pour the lemon pulp mixture directly onto the ant hills.
Make Things Gritty with Grits
If you've got ants crawling inside your cabinets, and in back of your refrigerator, make things gritty with some grits. Ants don't like walking through dry grits. Simply sprinkle a thin line of grits along the back of your cabinets and behind your refrigerator. The ants will stay away from those areas.
Bring on the Vinegar
Vinegar is another natural way to get rid of the ants before they can become a nuisance. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and tap water. Spray the solution everywhere you've seen ant activity in and around your home. You can also spray the solution on your counter tops and wipe them down. The vinegar will keep the ants away.
Don't let ants wreak havoc on your summer. Use the tips provided here to keep them away. If summer time pests become more of a nuisance, be sure to contact a pest control agent near you.
Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with pests inside your house. In addition to giving you the creepy-crawlies, it might also make friends and family members think twice before they lounge on your sofa or stay the night. However, you don't have to let bugs ruin your lifestyle. By paying a professional who handles pest control, you can add an invisible barrier inside your home to ward off harmful insects. My blog discusses all different types of pest control methods, so that you understand the options you have available. After treating your home, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a clean and relaxing space.