Homemade ant killer
Ants can be a nuisance and because they are so numerous they can be the kind of nuisance that keeps coming back over and over again. But there are ways you can get rid of them without breaking your account. Did you know that most of the things you need to get rid of ants are available in your home? In fact, some of the commercial solutions we buy consist of the very things we are going to mention below.
Top three homemade ant killers
Before you begin making your homemade solutions there are a few things that you need to invest in including:
- A spritzer bottle
- A plastic container where you will do your mixing
- Jars to place the solutions in
- Measuring containers
These are items you will need regardless of the solution you are making.
Vinegar and water homemade spray
This is one of the simplest solutions to make to get rid of ants. You need to add white vinegar into water in a ratio of 50:50. You can mix this directly in the spritzer bottle directly and shake properly to mix the solution. Keep this solution always ready and whenever you see ants you can spray on them. Leave it on the surface where you have sprayed for a while and then wipe it clean paper towel. The smell of the vinegar will linger and deter any more ants from coming in.
Essential oil spray
Essential oils have been used for centuries to get rid of insects and pests. They are naturally extracted from plants in concentrated from which makes them extremely potent. When using them ensure they are diluted in order to make them easy on your senses and also on your skin should they come into contact.
There are quite a number of essential oils that effectively kill off ants especially if you are dealing with the hardy types of ants like fire ants. The top three essential oils that we recommend include the peppermint essential oil as well as tea tree and clove oils. In fact, these are very common components of commercial insecticides. Mix it in the mixing container putting 10 drops into quarter of a cup of water. Shake and spray directly onto the ants.
Ant bait traps
If you have identified the entry point of the ants you don’t need to wait around for them. Just place the homemade ant bait in these areas. Ants love sugary stuff so add some boric acid to a sugar treat and lay it at their entry spot. The plus of using such bait is that the ants will take some of the food back to their nest and kill off the rest of the population. Just make sure the bait is away from pets and kids.