Some bugs can be more of a pest than others, and
ants are a prime example of this. When they find a comfortable place to live, it can be difficult
to get rid of an ant colony. Whether you’ve got an infestation or
you’re just trying to avoid welcoming this pest into your house,
here are a few tips to keep these annoying insects out of your kitchen.
Clean with Vinegar or Lemon Juice
The idea of cleaning with vinegar might not be new to everyone, but it
actually does help to avoid and get rid of this pest. Ants don’t
like vinegar, and it disrupts their ability to find food or even keep
track of where they are. Crawling out onto a surface that has been cleaned
with vinegar can be a death sentence for an ant, so they tend to steer
clear of these areas. Lemon juice has a similar effect on these bugs,
so you might even want to make a combination of the two household items
to clean with.
Spice up Your Home
When you’re done cleaning surfaces with vinegar and lemon juice,
check your spice drawer for the next step. Items such as peppermint oil,
mint, cayenne, chili pepper, or garlic can be effective at keeping ants
from entering your home. Once the surfaces of your home are clean and
dry, rubbing peppermint oil or mint on top of everything can serve as
an additional deterrent while making your home smell nice. Other spices
can be sprinkled around your home to keep these pests away.
Draw the Line with Chalk
Talcum powder is one of the most effective natural ant repellents. Thankfully,
it’s found in a variety of useful household items such as chalk
and baby powder. Use items with talcum powder to draw a line around any
area where you want to avoid ants.
If these tips don’t help, it might be time to
look for an exterminator near Los Angeles County. Call Center Termite & Pest Control at (866)
548-2847 for help with your ant problems.