How Can I Make A Homemade Ant Killer?
There are many times ants seem to be everywhere. You are out of ant killer and you want it taken care of now. Is there a homemade remedy for this? The answer is yes. Now, some steps need to be taken for you to get rid of these ants and keep them away for good.
By finding the anthill and putting the mixture on top of it, you will get rid of your ant infestation without having to worry about coming back again soon. These remedies are very easy and will not take you long to get rid of the ants. Following these steps are simple. There is no need for your home and yard needs to be taken over by ants. These simple mixtures not only work but smell good.
What is the best homemade ant killer? Some of the best homemade ant killers include chalk, boric acid, sugar water, apple cider vinegar, dish soap, liquid detergent, and other common household ingredients. If you get online there are many homemade remedies out there. It is best to be sure that the one you choose is safe for children and pets.
It is very important to know if your children are allergic to any of the ingredients just in case they are playing and get it on them. It generally isn’t as serious if they had gotten a hold of a poisonous ant killer but allergies are a serious enough challenge to ruin outside playtime.
Remedy One: A Simple Ant Killer
This mixture does not take long to make. It is important to follow the directions in mixing and the application so it does not have to be reapplied too often or remade. The ingredients are mostly harmless. It is not poisonous to humans or people but it can make a person or pet extremely sick.
What You’ll Need:
- Boric Acid
- Sugar Water
- A Jar
You will need to get the ingredients. Boric acid can be found in any drug store. If you have pets, make sure that they cannot get into this powder because it is very dangerous for them.
The chalk will be used to spread the boric acid. The sugar is going to be used to attract the ants and the water will help dilute the boric acid so it is not too strong even though it can still kill them if they eat a lot.
Step 1: Getting Your Ingredients Together
You need to get your ingredients together by filling up a jar with all of the ingredients.
Step 2: Mixing The Ingredients Together
Mix the boric acid and water in a bowl or container. Once it is mostly dissolved, put sugar into this solution one teaspoon at a time until you feel that the mixture is sweet enough for ants to be attracted. Put your chalk on top of the jar.
Step 3: Putting Your Homemade Ant Killer On The Anthill
After you have done this, take your boric acid solution and put it on top of the anthill. This will kill the ants that are currently living there, as well as any ants that come by to either live or get food. You may need to do this multiple times to get rid of all of the ants around your home.
Step 4: Finally, Keep The Ants Out
To make sure that the ants don’t come back, you will need to use some of the mixtures to make a line around where you do not want them. This is a great thing to spray around doors and windows.
This way they cannot get in and you can rest peacefully knowing that there are no little ant bodies around your home. After this is done, make sure you wash all of the ingredients off of any children or pets. You probably will not need to worry about your cat getting into this but it is a good idea just in case.
Now that this is done, you should have a nice, clean house with no ants around. Once they are gone and killed, there shouldn’t be a problem keeping them away. You don’t have to give up your yard or plants because you have ants. Simply add this homemade mixture to the soil around them and watch the ants disappear for good.
Remedy Two: A More Non-Toxic Ant Killer
This home remedy is child and pet-safe. It is not safe for ants. Like remedy one, it is important to follow the directions in mixing and the application. This will guarantee not having to be reapplied or the mixture needing to be remade because it does not work. This particular remedy can also be used inside the house.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 TB dish liquid
- 2 TB baking soda
In an industrial spray bottle, combine vinegar, dish-washing liquid, and baking soda. Fill the rest of the container with water as needed. Make sure you combine this ant repellent with some water in a sink, as baking soda and vinegar create a lot of foam when combined!
Add chemicals gradually, allowing the froth to settle before adding more. It is important to use a big industrial spray bottle. They will not clog and last longer than the little ones. Most of the time those cheap plastic bottles end up having to be trashed. The larger industrial bottles will last for years.
Using the Homemade Ant Repellent Spray
Here’s how to use your DIY ant repellent spray:
Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth. Apply directly over ant paths, allowing it to dry naturally. You can spray and leave the deterrent on entry points to keep ants from returning.
Apply a thorough coating of the spray to the plants and surrounding dirt. This spray works well on outside plants. Try testing a small quantity of the vinegar on an inconspicuous area of your plant before applying it to your entire plant.
It is best to spray the solution on the ground if there are pets in the house and let it dry naturally instead of spraying directly onto your pet. This is such a straightforward mixture, yet it works effectively.
The bonus is that it smells good. The best part is that there is no need to worry about harmful mixtures around your house. Especially, if you have children and pets.
Prevention Is The Best Remedy For Ants
Many times people question, where are the ants coming from? The easy answer is themselves. Most people do not realize the ants are coming around because they can get access to their food.
A simple way to solve this is by putting all of your food away in sealed containers or the refrigerator. Make sure that you don’t leave any foods out on the counter either, as this will also attract ants. This method is recommended if you are not able to use any ant spray or do not want it to be sprayed around your house.
Before you use any remedies around the house it is best to clean as well as possible and de-clutter. You never know how many ants are lurking even though you cannot see them. This will make it easier for you to treat them and remove all of the ant colonies from your home.
Get Rid of Food Residue
It is also important to make sure that those areas infested with ants are especially clean and there is no food residue. Ants are very particular about their food, so they will always return to an area that has residue or is not clean. Make sure you wash all dishes and kitchenware thoroughly after use, especially in the areas where you think you have seen ants.
This will make sure there is no food residue left on dishes or cups for the ants to find. If you are ever in doubt about infested areas, it is best to err on the safe side and thoroughly clean that area of any residue or piles of dirt. Guaranteeing that the ants do not have a place to go for fast food access.
With this recipe, you can solve your ant infestation issues and ensure that there is no need to worry about children or pets getting involved with harmful chemicals. This mixture can be applied both inside and outside, so it is versatile enough for any homeowner.
This simple solution will not only kill the ants but also eliminate their trails so they cannot come back. When the vinegar evaporates, it leaves behind a barrier that will not allow ants to cross. This will ensure they cannot ever come back to that area again. This remedy is safe for children and pets as well as plants and furniture around the house.
It’s also important to keep up on cleaning and de-cluttering so that there are no food residues to attract the ants. Ants are naturally drawn to food particles, so this is a very important precautionary step you should take. They will also stay clear of an area that has been treated with vinegar, so this will ensure that you do not have any more problems with ants finding their way into your home.
Just because you have ant problems, does not mean that you cannot enjoy your yard and plants either. Simply add this homemade vinegar mixture to the surrounding dirt and watch them go away for good.