Do you see an invasion of ants in your kitchen cupboards? We have to act quickly because the ants are very invasive. But avoid pesticide or insecticide products. Indeed, if these products are not used wisely, they are toxic to humans, your pets and the environment, especially biodiversity (other insects beneficial to the garden).
There are eco-friendly anti-ant solutions without pesticides or insecticides to drive ants out of your home.
How to avoid an invasion of ants
If carpenter antsattack your structural frame and beams. The favorite places of common ants are the kitchen and bathroom with a clear preference for kitchen cupboards in which they find plenty of food.
Here are some precautions to take to hunt ants:
- Clean your kitchen cupboards, pantry and the floor behind appliances
- think about sealing your jars and food packages to prevent ants from finding easy access to food
- Regularly clean the garbage bin: the garbage can must have a lid to avoid odours that seduce ants but also other pests (cockroach, rat, mouse…)
- find places of passages, cracks and openings and caulk them against insects
- If you have a dog or cat, clean your bowl and litter box regularly. The bad smell attracts ants but also other insects such as cockroaches for example.
Here are a few simple gestures that can prevent the installation of an anthill in your home.
Some eco-friendly anti-ant tips
- Pour boiling water into the nest
- Spread coffee grounds that acts like a poison
- Lemon or white vinegar effectively repel ants
- Salt is to be spread around the nest
- Treat aphids in your garden that are the food source of ants
- Bait boxes: You can attract ants with a jar of honey or a jar of jam. They love sweetness!
- Use a vaporizer with boiling water and washing-up liquid. Spray the columns of ants. You can also use this solution on cockroaches
Place adhesive around kitchen closet doors or paths taken by ants. They are easy to spot because they follow each other because of the pheromones left in their path that attract other ants.
Boric acid, a natural anti-ant product
Diatom soil in some cases, but this product is to be handled with care
- orange or lemon zest
- coffee grounds
- essential oils (lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, cedar)
If you see ants appear a few days later, it is because there is a second satellite nest or even several nests and queens. So we have to deal with the problem at the source. In this case, it is advisable to contact a pest management expert who will find a suitable solution.
The important thing will be to destroy the anthill and find the ant queen who is the only breeding to lay eggs.