Are ants taking over your home? There is nothing quite as frustrating as going into your kitchen or anywhere else in your home for that matter and seeing a line of marching ants.

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Ants can be very determined creatures and you may have used insecticides to get rid of them temporarily only to see them marching back in. This can be frustrating, however, you should be aware that there are effective natural ways to rid yourself of ants that won’t harm pets and children.

Get a Peppermint Plant

Planting peppermint is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can naturally get rid of ants. Buy a peppermint plant and put it in strategic locations in your home.

Since ants generally come from outside of the home. You can plant peppermint plants in your yard to get rid of them and prevent them from coming into your home.

Use a Vinegar Spray

Vinegar spray is an all-natural solution that works immediately. Add one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. 

Spray the marching ants to kill them immediately. You can then use a wet towel to dispose of the ants. 

Vinegar and water can also be used as a repellent. Spray the solution around areas such as windowsills or doorways where you see ants coming into the home. This is one of the best pest control options for dealing with ants.

Use Cornmeal

There is only one reason why ants enter a home they are looking for food. You can set an effective trap for them by sprinkling cornmeal in strategic places.

The ants will eat the cornmeal but they will be unable to digest it. This inability to digest the cornmeal will kill them.

Try Lemon Juice

Lemon juice can be used to destroy the scent trails that ants leave behind. Mix the juice of half a lemon with some water and place it in a spray bottle. You can then spray the areas that ants frequent.

Spray entryways and windows or any other access points with this solution.

Use Black Pepper

Black pepper can kill ants. All you have to do is find their entry point and sprinkle it around that area. You can make a black pepper wall if you want so that the ants will have to march through it to get inside.

You can also make a black pepper solution by mixing black pepper with water and putting it in a spray bottle. You can then spray it directly on the ants. 

Keep Your Home Pest-Free

It can be difficult to deal with ants in your home. The solutions presented here are all-natural and chances are you already have the ingredients in your home.

Natural solutions give you the opportunity to prevent toxins from entering your home and harming children, pets, or the elderly. While natural solutions are often effective, you may find that there are times where you need a more thorough solution. If this is the case do not hesitate to call in a professional pest control service