Do-It-Yourself Ideas to Kill Ants Outside
Ants start finding food and building new colonies between mid and late spring when it begins to warm up. If you are not careful, the pesky bugs may decide to move in, share your cozy home and delicious food. With the current fuss regarding global warming and harmful products, the available options may seem too few, but nothing can be further from the truth.
The following are some of the simple, harmless solutions to kill the ants outside before they find their way inside. You can call it your ant remedy.
- The Use of Vinegar and Baking Soda
Vinegar is a common kitchen product that can prove effective in eliminating the little guys invading your home. Typically, a mixture of vinegar with water will kill most of them, and the survivors will run for the hills. Ants have a low tolerance to low PH, and vinegar has a burning effect on them.
A few sprinkles of baking soda will prove effective against the ants. They will feed on it, and the baking soda will kill them.
- Essential Oils
When a foraging ant discovers food heaven, it leaves a pheromone trail to lead other ants to it. Well, essential oils jumble up these scent trails, leaving the pesky ants in confusion, but which are these essential oils we are talking about?
- Peppermint Oil
Peppermint not only gets rid of the ant problem but also smells great – talk of a sweet way to kick out an unwelcome guest.
Pour a few drops of the essential oil, and rub it on surfaces, and other points of entry. You can leave the peppermint oil-infused cotton balls in the necessary areas like cabinet drawers. Repeat the application every day until the bugs are all gone.
- Orange or Lemon Oil
Grapefruit, orange, and lemons have one thing in common; they are all fruits, yes, but they contain d-limonene. The compound is fatal to ants and interferes with their scents.
A few drops in a cotton ball, and rubbed on entry points does the trick. Repeat the application until you can no longer see the bugs.
- Citrus Peels
After enjoying the fruits to your satisfaction, you can use the peels to kill and repel the bugs. Put the peels in a pot, add water and boil. You then leave the liquid and peels, to steep overnight and use it to spray areas colonized by the ants. The liquid will kill most of them, and the rest will relocate to safer grounds, away from your ‘hostile’ yard.
- Lemon Juice
Similar to vinegar, lemon juice has an undesirable low PH for the ants, and will kill most of them and repel the others.
To prepare the repellant, add half portion lemon juice in a half portion water in a spray bottle. You can add a few drops of essential oils to add to its potency.
Spray the solution in all the areas you see ants or where you spotted them, and it will effectively do the work of killing, and repelling the ants.