Ants are driving my family crazy this year. The fire ants are especially bad. They stung my daughter. Is there a natural way to kill ants in house? I don’t want to use insecticides if I don’t have to because they make me sick.
Dianne Lomax, Atlanta, GA
It sounds like you need the natural ant killer recipes in this article:https://www.tipsbulletin.com/natural-ant-remedies-how-to-get-rid-of-ants/Fire ants are a big problem in the South and there are special ways to get rid of fire ants that don’t take too much effort. There are a variety of recipes for homemade fire ant killer. But most of us wouldn’t want any kind of ants at all in our homes regardless.
Do you know where the ants are entering your house? The first thing to do is make a DIY ant killer to destroy and deter them by spraying soapy water where they pass. Add plants that ants dislike around the perimeter of the house to keep them away. You can also put some of these plants in pots and bring them indoors to keep the unwanted bugs away.
Another favorite ant killer and how to deter ants is with jalapeño pepper spray. This natural ant repellent keeps spiders and other pests away from your home, too. Be careful with this spray, though, around children and pets.
If you have coffee grounds, cinnamon powder, or cayenne pepper on hand, those keep ants at bay. Place any of these ingredients on windowsills or in doorways where ants enter. You can even mix all of them together if you like for an ant repellent for indoor use.
But not everyone wants to leave spices laying around the house. In that case, you can mix up white vinegar with lemon juice and spritz the ants’ high traffic areas.
All of these recipes deter ants from visiting your home and also is how to kill gnats in the house. I hope this helps you and your family stay safe from ants.