I hate it when I wake in the morning to find those icky little insects crawling around my kitchen counter, but this year, I’m going to be prepared… this year I’ll find the safest way to get rid of ants and never have to see them for the rest of the summer.
It starting to get warm here At Muse Ranch… 84 degrees and climbing. That means the ants will be back… and in the house most likely. Some years it’s not so much. The last two years have been super dry and that may be why I haven’t seen those nasty little creatures as much. This past winter, however, has been wet. I can just see a platoon of ants marching toward my kitchen for a breakfast. Yuck!
The thing is… I just can’t use poisons to get rid of the little #@*^!!!!s. There are too many kidlets and animals running around the ranch. And I hate the idea of poisons anywhere inside the house. So, I’ve been on the search for natural ways to get rid of ants and this is what I’ve found:
Natural Ant Repellent with 4 Ingredients
Ah, good ol’ vinegar is one of four ingredients. There are so many ways I use it At Muse Ranch, from cleaning to salad dressing. Nice to know that it works on getting rid of those creepy, crawly things, too. Soccer Mom Blog shares her favorite recipes for this ant killing spray.
And here are a couple more repellent ideas from Coffe With Us 3.
The Ant Bait in the Kitchen that Gets Rid of Those Ants Every Time
Becky from Clover and Thyme uses this idea in her kitchen every Spring with the creepy little bugs appears: sugar, water and Borax. She says it always works for her. Well, since the kitchen is where I find ants most of the time, I’m going to give Becky’s idea a try. Check it out for yourself.
Citrus peel spray to get rid of ants? Now that’s a new one on me and it’s one of seven natural ways to eliminate ants that shared by MommyPotamus.
Essential Oils to Get Rid of Ants, Ooh, I Like the Smell of That
I use essential oils in diffusers all around the house here At Muse Ranch. But to kill ants? I might want to try this idea, too. Chip= from Chipptips says this concoction works well. He also has some other ideas for bug-proofing your home.
I love this chart from The Indian Spot on what essential oils to use on all kinds of creepy crawlers.
And I Want to Get Rid of those Ants Outside, Too
Renae from How to Have it All has six great ideas to kill ants in outside, whether it’s around the house or in the garden. Some are similar to the ones used inside, but there’s also a couple new ones to consider. I’m partial to the Garlic Hot Sauce Spray.
Interesting Facts About Cornmeal, Ants, and Weeds
I loved this tidbit from Garden Know How about cornmeal. Yeah, it gets rid of ants, too, but there’s more.
Don’t You Just Hate Fire Ants
They are the worst. Really. And when they bite… ouch. This recipe from Bare Feet on the Dashboard uses ingredients you probably already have around the house.
And P. Allen Smith shows us how he fights fire ants in this video.
I know I’ve come away with some news ideas to fight ants this year. What about you? Are these ideas you’ll be trying this year. Or do you have some of your own.
Until next time,