The Three Step System to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen Naturally
Using Baking Soda and White Vinegar to Eliminate Ants from the Home
Getting Rid of Ants in the Kitchen
Ants are a common problem in many homes. The kitchen is especially at risk since it contains two things that ants love: food & water.
No matter clean your kitchen is, there are bound to be a few crumbs that wind up on the floor or behind the trash can. And ants have keen senses that search out these small weaknesses in many of our homes.
Ants are also attracted to wet or damp areas. The spring rainy season is a common time for an ant problem to crop up. A leaky pipe under the sink or under the dishwasher can be an attractant for a small colony of ants to take up residence. And unfortunately once they have a foothold, it can be more and more difficult to get these little buggers out of your house.
Since the kitchen is an area where most of us would like to limit any use of chemicals or poisons, we'll give you a few easy home remedies to get rid of ants naturally.
The 3 Step System to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
- First identify the source of the problem and clean it up. Take a good look around where you see the ants. Something is attracting them & you'll need to find out what this is in order to remove it from your home. This might be a food wrapper in the bottom of a trash can, a damp area under the sink or even one of your household plants.
- Once you remove the source of the problem, we have to get rid of the ants. You could manually kill all the ants with a paper towel, but this may take some time. A better option is to setup a trap to catch all the ants. A good homemade recipe is a small dish of equal parts powered sugar and baking soda. Add a bit of water to make a paste & set this in an area where the ants will find it. The ants will be attracted to the sweetness of the sugar. The baking soda in the mixture is toxic to the ants body chemistry.
- Finally, it's time to clean up the mess and erase any ant trails left behind. Ants leave a chemical trail of pheromones for the colony to find their way to food sources and new nests. Use a mixture of white vinegar and soapy water to scrub any areas where the ants have been. The vinegar get rid of these invisible trails, so no new ants will find their way back into your house!
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