LifestyleUse vinegar, salt, and coffee to humbly evict ants from your home and garden

Use vinegar, salt, and coffee to humbly evict ants from your home and garden

Home remedies for ants
Home remedies for ants
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12:55 PM EST, February 10, 2024

Ants are incredibly industrious and can in fact be beneficial creatures. If they make their presence known in your home or garden, it's not advisable to resort to drastic measures straightaway. There are a multitude of do-it-yourself methods to encourage them to vacate your abode. Further on, we outline three such methods (and many of the necessary products might already be in your kitchen).

Vinegar: an effective ant deterrent

Firstly, a mix of vinegar and water can effectively deter ants from your home. We recommend a 1:1 ratio mixture and suggest spraying it on surfaces where the ants appear. Enhance the spray by adding lemon juice to it. This mixture can be used both indoors and outdoors. Ants dislike the smell of vinegar, which is likely to encourage them to rapidly vacate the treated area.

Ants and salt: a troublesome combination

Another substance that ants detest is salt. Do not hold back when using salt to keep ants away. You should generously sprinkle salt in all the areas where you've seen the insects. This includes their pathways, the anthills and any crevices. This method is also effective for outdoor ant invasions. Interestingly, salt isn’t lethal to ants.

In addition, if you happen to run out of salt, baking soda can be used as a suitable alternative.

An environmentally-friendly solution for removing ants

Ants cannot stand the smell of coffee. If you're looking to bid farewell to these pests, leverage this dislike to your advantage. Generously scatter used coffee grounds along the ant trails in the house or garden, and continue this process until successful. This way, we can repurpose something that would normally just be thrown away.

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