Most of us despise ants in our homes. But how does one get rid of ants without using toxic poisons? You don’t need a medical study or a formal education to know that conventional ant spray is highly toxic and harmful to your health. Just read the label.
Ant infestations naturally cause emotional reactions in most of us. It is not a pleasant sight when they first arrive. Long trails of creepy crawlers are the worst.
However, consider this: we put birdseed in feeders to attract wild birds in our backyards and we think it’s delightful when the birds arrive. Yet, when ants arrive for the same reason—to eat the sweet foods, oils and other food matter we left out in food preparation areas—we aren’t as charmed. Ants may not be as beautiful to us as birds are, but they are just as blameless.
There are thousands of species of ants, but generally the ants you find in your home eat sweets and proteins and are simply looking for food to survive. They are not there to harm you.
Here is how we get rid of ants without using toxic poisons:
Baking Soda and Powdered Sugar
Find a small jar and fill it with baking soda and powdered sugar. Mix well and place it wherever you see ants. The ants will take this mixture back to their nest and be gone.
Fill an empty spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray all necessary areas. Wipe up the ants with a paper towel and throw them in the trash – outside. If they are crawling in your sink, pour about a cup of hydrogen peroxide down the drain to dissolve the bio matter. Let it sizzle for about 10 minutes and rinse. The ants are hunting for sources of food and by doing this, you will eliminate any smell that attracts them.
Vinegar or Baking Soda
Fill an empty spray bottle with white vinegar and spray your countertops, dishwasher, garbage can or sink (wherever they are attracted) with vinegar and wipe it clean. Or, sprinkle baking soda all over and wipe down the affected areas with a moist sponge. This works really well if you do it each night before you go to bed. This single step alone will cut down on the dreaded morning infestations. Be careful not to squish the ants on your surfaces, this leaves trace residue and smells which attracts them even more!
Repeat Until They Go Away
Be patient, they will go away on their own and your family will be safer knowing that you were able to get rid of ants without using toxic poisons.
Look on the bright side: ants are not attracted to things like your couch, your carpet or your bed. Namaste.