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How To Keep Ants Out Of Your House This Summer

Keep ants from entering your house by pouring white distilled vinegar around the outside perimeter. Just like some people can’t handle the potent smell of vinegar, there’s a reason why ants also aren’t able to deal with such a strong smell.

When it comes to ants, strong odors have the ability to turn them away reducing the amount that may be getting into your kitchen. Where there is one ant, there are many, many others that’ll follow; and will leave trails with their pheromone scent guiding the others in the colony to follow. Don’t expect as you spray vinegar on those unwelcome visitors that they’ll drop right on the spot, but it does work by eventually drowning them within the hour.

When it comes to vinegar, you can create an easy peasy pesticide to keep handy using a 50/50 water vinegar solution and filling up a spray bottle, spraying around the locations that are frequently high volume with ants such as doorways, windowsills, and other areas they like to visit. 

Getting rid of ants successfully doesn’t have to involve the use of pesticides. The use of these pesticides can do more harm than good to our families, pets and to ourselves. 

There are other effective ways to kill ants without the use of harmful chemicals…

Soap and water.

One part dish soap, and two parts water is all you’ll need. You can either fill an empty bottle with the soap and water mixture and safely spray when needed, or place a shallow dish of soapy water out guiding the ants with a sugar trail.

Create a solution of lemon juice.

If you’re not thrilled with having your home smelling like vinegar, you can always use a common household ingredient…lemon juice. The citric acid in the lemon juice has the ability to keep ants away so by spraying around popular areas you’re helping prevent any unwanted visitors without the harsh vinegar smell.

If you’ve noticed the increase in ant behavior during the warmer months, you’re right. When the weather begins to warm up, you’ll notice ants will make their way into even the cleanest of homes searching for food and water. Not only leaving crumbs out will get their attention but keeping sinks wet will attract these visitors to the water source so it’s very important to wipe down sinks and counters frequently. Whether using a vinegar solution or even soap and water, in order to truly get rid of ants, you need to know where the source of the problem is coming from. With summer coming up, it’s the perfect time to have these ingredients on hand to create a safe and effective solution without having to worry about the use of chemicals harming your loved ones at home.

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