Say goodbye to ants in your home

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With warmer days creeping up on us, we are sure to encounter ants as they welcome themselves back into our homes.

Isn’t it frustrating when you’ve just spring cleaned your entire house, only to find ants (read: unwanted guests) crawling on your kitchen counter?

The truth is they don’t lurk around your house because you haven’t cleaned properly. They are in your home, especially in spring and summer, because they’ve hibernated all winter and we are simply in their way.

Kitchen hygiene is important because not only is it one of the most occupied space in the house (depending on your lifestyle), but it is also where meals are prepared.  

Here’s how to safely eliminate ants using products you may already have in your home:

  • Lemon
    Not only will it leave a clean, lingering fragrance in your home, they can get rid of ants too. Simply rub the inside of a lemon on different places in your home where you think they may be getting in. The back of sinks, underneath doors and windowsills are a good start.

  • Cinnamon
    Sprinkling ground cinnamon at the entry points of your home is effective as the smell deters ants. Alternatively, add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon oil to a cup of water, soak a cloth or a cotton ball in the mixture and wipe off the entry points daily. You should notice fewer ants over time, until they’re completely gone.

  • Thick Bleach
    There are so many things you can do with a bottle of Domestos thick bleach that it’s hard to imagine a household without this ‘wonder product’. Mix a few drops of thick bleach with water in a spray bottle. Spray the affected areas, the ants nest, or any ants you see regularly with this solution. When spraying this solution in your home, be sure to keep the windows open to allow the smell to dissipate.

  • Vinegar
    Another great product to have in your home is vinegar. From cleaning your shower head with vinegar and water to using it for ant elimination. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray away. You could also spray this on the walls of your kitchen as this is a popular route for ants. Add a few drops of lavender oil to get rid of the vinegar smell.