Does the ant repellant depend on the type of ant you are dealing with? Not really. This is because they are insets with the same characteristic and very few anatomical differences. What is good for the goose in this case is good for the gander. Let us launch into the best ant repellants that you can utilize when you notice ants in you space.
When getting rid of pests like ants which have a very predictable behavior natural methods can work extremely well. But if you have a full on infestation of ants like the European fire ants which tend to build their nests in the house in warm areas like under the bathtub or near the water heater, you need the services of a qualified and experienced exterminator. This is someone who will take the necessary safety precautions when working near electrical fixtures and still do an effective job of getting rid of the ants.
Natural ant repellants at home
Did you know that coffee is an effective ant repellant? Prepare yourself a cup of piping Joe and the remaining ground use them to sprinkle outside you door or where the ants have built their nest. You can also sprinkle them around the perimeter of your home.
Oranges and lemons
Orange peels smell great. They are citrusy, fresh, sweet smelling and deadly ant repellants at the same time. Lemons have the same effect on ants because their citrus irritates their sense of smell and disrupts them from finding food. Pour some lemon or orange juice in the perimeter of the house and leave orange peels where their nest is
Some insects like fruit flies love the scent of vinegar that it can be used as a trap for them. But the solution burns the ants and they avoid it like the plague. You can mix a cup of vinegar with some water and spray on the surfaces where the ants are. Just be careful not to use a very concentrated formula or spray too much on certain damages because it can damage wood, ceramic and stone counter tops.
Indoor plants are great for air circulation but did you know you can repel ants by growing some garlic and tansy indoors. Plants like mint which emit their fragrance are excellent ant repellants as the scent overwhelms their senses. You can also go the homeopathic way by using essential oils like lavender and peppermint oil to keep the ants at bay.
There are many other solutions including the use of borax or boiling water or even just sprinkle powder on their trail. But to avoid all these hard work and hassle why not just prevent an ant infestation in the first place. The key to prevention is keeping your space clean and the garbage cleaned out everyday.