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Frugal Ways to Get Rid of Ants

Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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chalkNobody likes it when ants invade their house. Ants are nasty little pets that come after your food, crawl over your belongings, and make you just feel icky. How are you going to get rid of the ants? There are many ways to do that, ranging from expensive and chemical to all natural and inexpensive. Before you hire an exterminator, try these frugal ways to get rid of ants with things you already have at home.

Borrow some chalk from your children. It can be the kind they use on sidewalks or the type intended for blackboards. Use the chalk to draw a circle around the opening in the wall or floor where the ants are coming in. The theory online seems to be that the ants don’t like the chalk because the particles stick to their feet.

Baby Powder
Parents of babies and toddlers will have plenty of baby powder at home! Sprinkle some baby powder around the area where the ants are coming in. I think this is supposed to deter ants in the same way that the chalk does. Ants don’t like baby powder because it sticks to their feet!

White Vinegar
Ants don’t like vinegar! Put some in a spray bottle (with some water). Find where the ants are entering your home, and spray that opening with the vinegar and water mix. You can also use a natural or eco-friendly cleaning product that uses vinegar instead of mixing your own batch of it.

I have no idea why this works, but plenty of people online say that it will. Sprinkle cinnamon around the areas where the ants are coming inside your house. The ants will avoid the cinnamon. The advantage of using cinnamon to get rid of ants is that it will make your home smell nice!

Boric Acid and Sugar
Lifehacker has a suggestion that includes some sugar and some boric acid. If you don’t have boric acid at home, look for it at your local drug store or the pharmacy section of a grocery store.

Make a 50/50 mix of the boric acid and the sugar. Put it in a small container. (Lifehacker suggests the lid from an empty 2 liter bottle). Add a little bit of water. Put it where the ants are invading. The ants will be attracted to the sugar. The boric acid will poison them.

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