Ants are a common invader in nearly every home. These tiny insects can easily find entry points to your living space and enjoy the plentiful supply of food that they can often find within. If you want to avoid chemicals and poisons, there are some natural ant repellent DIY projects that you can try.
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Natural ant repellents typically discourage ant infestations. These products are undesirable to ants, so they will typically avoid them when possible. An ant repellent is not the same thing as an ant killer. These products won’t eliminate an existing nest or harm the queen. A natural ant deterrent will discourage ants from coming into your home and is best in cases where there isn’t an existing infestation. If you have a serious infestation, you should consider a professional ant control solution.
The following ant repellents will make your home far less desirable to ants. These are best used before you see signs of an infestation or at the very first notice of an emerging ant trail.
There are some natural products that will not only discourage ants, they will also kill them. These are not as effective as commercial ant baits and poisons. However, they may help you get a small infestation under control or kill foraging ants exploring your area so the colony doesn’t choose to establish itself in your home.
If you have a serious ant infestation in your home, it’s best to consult a professional about the problem. A pest control expert can accurately identify the ants you’re dealing with and help you track the problem back to the nest. This may be an outdoor mound of fire ants or a nest of carpenter ants in your walls. Understanding the species that you’re dealing with is crucial to solving the problem properly. Carpenter ants in particular are very destructive to the home and must be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Natural ant remedies are best reserved for small issues. When you have a major infestation in the home, call a professional to assess and treat the situation so you can eliminate the nest, rather than simply moving it around your property. Once the initial infestation is gone, you can begin using natural remedies again to keep ants and other insects from returning.
Remember to take other precautionary methods as well, such as:
Ants are a common problem, but the right preventive measures can make it less common.