After the cold of winter, we suddenly encounter ants as we visit the park, walk in our neighbourhoods, or sit on our porches. If you’ve been living with these little pests because you don’t want to use chemical pesticides, reconsider. You don’t have to live with them, and there are a few non-chemical ways to handle ant problems. Here are three methods you can try to rid your home and yard of ants.
Season With Salt
Ordinary table salt is a natural ant deterrent. Sprinkle a fine line of salt along windowsills and other home entry points. It’s also a good idea to sprinkle salt around the outer foundation. You can sprinkle it directly onto the anthills in your yard, if they’re not in your lawn. Salt can kill grass, so you’ll need to use other means to remove anthills from those areas.
Juice Things Up With Lemons
If ants are in your lawn or around pets’ food bowls, they can be tough to get rid of because you don’t want to use chemicals in either instance. That’s where lemon juice comes in handy. Fill a pan with water and add two sliced lemons. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes. Once the water cools, pour it into a spray bottle and spritz the areas where you’ve seen ant activity, including anthills.
Peel Them Away
If you have a multitude of large anthills in your yard, you’ll need to get tough — with lemon peels. Toss several lemons into your food processor. Turn the processor on low, and slowly add water to form a soft pulp. Pour the solution directly over ant hills. The lemon peels will kill ants deep into the hill.
If none of these non-chemical methods handle your problem, call Mr. Pest Control about our non-toxic, environmentally friendly approaches to ant removal and pest removal. We’re happy to talk to you at 1-888-794-7378 and discuss other non-chemical ways to keep pests away from your home and yard.