Ants In Your Pantry? Eliminate Them without Pesticides
If you find an army of ants on your kitchen counter when you get up in the morning or there is a line of the pests marching across your pantry shelves, it’s time to act. Here are several ways to eliminate ants without the use of potentially hazardous pesticides and other poisons.
How to march ants out of your house
Generally, ants do not carry or transmit diseases. However, these critters can invade your food supplies, countertops, baseboards, and outdoor areas and be a nuisance. A variety of ants can invade your home, and they like different types of food, including fats, sugars, starches, and meats.
Prevention is the best cure, so be sure to store all food in airtight containers or in the refrigerator, wipe the countertop and sink daily, caulk any holes, and secure your trash and recyclables. Despite your best efforts, however, ants may still march in.
Most of the items you can use to eliminate ants from your pantry are likely already in your house. Here are those items and how to use them.
- Chalk. Ants will retreat when they come nose to nose with the calcium carbonate in chalk. Outdoors, draw a line around your home where ants could enter. Indoors, draw lines in the back of your cabinets, around windows, and entryways.
- Flour: Lay a fine line of flour along the back of your kitchen shelves and any place you see ants entering your house.
- Lemon: Both lemon peels and lemon juice will send ants scurrying away. Squeeze lemon juice into cracks where ants are coming into the house and place lemon peels around doors and on window sills. You can also use a mixture of two parts lemon juice and one part water and spritz around windows and doors.
- Vinegar: Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz around windows and doors and any place you see ants. If you use vinegar and water around the outside of your house, be sure to repeat the application every few days, especially if it rains. Use this mixture to wipe your countertops to keep ants away.
- Cloves: Make small sachets of whole cloves and put them in your kitchen cabinets and pantry to discourage ants.
- Bay leaf: Sachets of bay leaf or hanging bay leaf in your cabinets also can keep ants away.
- Cayenne pepper: Sprinkle cayenne pepper along the backs of your cabinets or any place ants may enter your house.
- Coffee grounds: Here’s a use for your used coffee grounds: sprinkle them around the perimeter of your house.
- Diatomaceous earth: This natural substance is composed of the crushed skeletal remains of tiny diatoms. Be sure to use the food grade and not swimming pool grade of diatomaceous earth. It is safe for both indoor and outdoor use and will not harm pets or people.
Put away the insecticides and ant hotels. Keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe by using natural products to rid your kitchen and home of ants.