Ants are intelligent insects that love to invade balconies, terraces and pantry furniture, causing annoying comings and goings: yet there are remedies against ants and even natural ones.
It is therefore not necessary to use poisons that are harmful to us, to plants, to our pets and to the environment in general. To fight them in a natural way, let's arm ourselves with patience, follow the paths they love to do in our homes for a few days and then intervene with the natural remedies and practical advice that follow. Let's start like this:
- We clean thoroughly : this is the first step to eliminate the possible "baits" that attract ants to your home. It is therefore essential to carefully clean the rooms, eliminating food residues and crumbs that could attract them. We therefore always keep floors, kitchen surfaces, pantry furniture and balconies clean. Also pay attention to bowls of pet food: keep an eye on this area and clean it often to avoid favoring the "pilgrimage" of ants.
- We use vinegar and lemon juice : to clean the environments preferred by ants and keep them away, it is advisable to wipe the washable surfaces, tiles and floors with a cloth soaked in white wine vinegar or in pure lemon juice. The smell of these two natural products seems to be very unpleasant for ants.
- We use mint : which is an aromatic weed, very easy to grow and which gives off an aroma that is not appreciated by ants. Let's grow some peppermint plants near doors and windows, both in the ground and in pots: this will discourage them from wandering around the house.
- We use repellent essential oils to help us eliminate these little insects. Among the essences most unwelcome to ants we find that of garlic, that of lemongrass and that of peppermint. Alternatively, we can prepare a solution with 50 ml of white wine vinegar to which add 30 drops of essential oil of peppermint, 20 drops of essential oil of lemongrass and 10 drops of lavender: pour everything into a small spray and vaporize the product obtained several times a day.
- Finally, we can use dried spices and herbs : in the access areas chosen by the ants it is possible to distribute dried spices and herbs with a strong odor and not very pleasant to insects. Chilli, cloves, chopped mint leaves and ground cinnamon are suitable for this purpose. We can use these ingredients alone or mixed with baking soda, distributing everything along the walls, in the area of the entrance door and in the access areas used by ants.