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Rid your house of ants

1 AD­HE­SIVE TAPE

Is an army of ants march­ing to­wards your bis­cuit jar? Cre­ate a ‘moat’ around the ob­ject by sur­round­ing it with ad­he­sive tape or duct tape placed sticky side up.

2 CHALK

Keep ants at bay by draw­ing a line of pow­dered chalk around home en­try points.

3 LEMONS

Squirt lemon juice on door thresh­olds and win­dowsills. Squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where ants are get­ting in. Fi­nally, scat­ter small slices of lemon peel around an out­door en­trance.

4 OR­ANGES

Get rid of the ants in your gar­den, on your pa­tio, and along the foun­da­tion of your home. In a blender, make a smooth puree of a few or­ange peels in 1 cup of warm wa­ter. Slowly pour the so­lu­tion over anthills to send the pests pack­ing.

5 PEP­PER

Ants in­vad­ing your kitchen are look­ing for sugar. Give them cayenne pep­per in­stead. Sprin­kle it along the backs of your coun­ter­tops or on your base­boards.

6 PLAS­TIC CON­TAIN­ERS

To stop ants from crawl­ing up an out­door ta­ble, place a plas­tic con­tainer un­der each ta­ble leg. Fill with wa­ter. The ants won’t be able to crawl past.

7 TALCUM POW­DER

Scat­ter talcum pow­der lib­er­ally around house foun­da­tions and points of en­try such as doors and win­dows. Try plant­ing some mint as well.

8 VINE­GAR

Serve ants on your premises an evic­tion no­tice. Pour equal parts wa­ter and white vine­gar into a spray bot­tle and spray it on anthills and around ar­eas where you see them.

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