How to Get Rid of Ants
Natural remedies for a pest invasion
Many entomologists (aka bug experts) say that natural remedies are not as potent as pesticides when it comes to getting rid of little critters. But if you want to try toxinfree ways, here are some options:
Lemons Squirt lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze a wedge into holes where ants are coming through. Finally, scatter slices of lemon peel around outdoor entrances. The acidity and smell can help keep the pests away.
Flowerpots and hot water Tired of getting stung by bull ants? Place a flowerpot upside down over the anthill, then pour boiling water through the drain holes to eliminate the insects’ house.
Herbs and spices Pantry staples like sugar, flour and certain seasonings can fall prey to ants. To keep your food safe, slip a bay leaf inside your storage containers. If you’re concerned about the flour or sugar picking up a bay leaf flavour, tape the leaf to the inside of the lid. This works inside cabinets, too, where sachets of sage, cinnamon, or whole cloves will smell pleasant while discouraging ants from getting cosy.
From the book Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things, published by Reader’s Digest.