Ants: once they’ve marched into your place, they’re mighty hard to get rid of. Why’s that? Well, consider this: there are a lot of creatures on our planet … but none as populous and hardy as the ubiquitous ant. In fact, scientists think there are at least one quadrillion (yes, quadrillion) ants on Earth – which is 150,000 of the suckers for every single human. And despite our best efforts to keep our homes and spaces clear of their bacteria-coated nippers, ants always seem to slip through the cracks to steal our crumbs once again. So is it pointless to even explore how to get rid of ants?
How to get rid of ants the natural way
So should we just give up on our mission to get rid of ants? That’s a resounding NO! Here at Cannon Pest Management, we’ve been zipping around Melbourne’s eastern suburbs including Ringwood, Heathmont, Wantirna, Mitcham, Vermont and beyond for years perfecting the art of how to get rid of ants inside the homes of hard-working people just like you. And thankfully, you can even try a few of the following methods to get rid of house ants for yourself – and not a single one of them involves toxic chemicals:
We find them sour, but ants will actually go to great lengths to avoid the toxicity of the citric acids. If they sense lemon juice or spot a lemon peel, they’ll scurry away.
There are actually a range of natural, plant-based essential oils that ants hate – including peppermint and tea tree oils. Just a few drops in an incense burner should do it, and make your home smell lovely as a bonus.
3. Talcum powder
Another substance we love but ants hate is talcum powder. Put a bit of it here and there in the trouble spots and it will really mess with the critters’ pheromone trail and clog up their airways.
Does every method for how to get rid of bull ants make your house smell delicious? That’s certainly also the case with cinnamon, which is delicious for us but actually toxic and rancid from the ants’ perspective.
Ever notice that if you put vinegar on your fish & chips, the ants will never bother you? As a safe and natural ant repellent, dilute some 1:1 in water and splash it around the trouble areas. For extra effectiveness, shake some salt & pepper on the solution and watch the ants scurry away.
How to get rid of ants with our help
We also recommend combining these natural (and lovely-smelling) anti-ant solutions with some other tried-and-tested methods, tips and tricks, including:
- Clearing up crumbs after meals
- Drying up any wet spots/patches
- Seal gaps around your home
- Experimenting with other natural ant repellents including chalk, coffee, cucumber, mint and cloves.
But don’t forget: Your very best weapon against a stubborn ant invasion both inside and outside your home is a professional pest control outfit – like the experienced team here at Cannon Pest Management. Over the years, and based on real-world, hands-on experience all over Melbourne, we’ve perfected all the most effective methods for how to get rid of ants permanently. To find out about our superior methods, products and specialised equipment, get in touch with the ant control experts at Cannon Pest Management today.