Our house is perched on a giant anthill. I have no scientific proof of this except for the constant stream of tiny black specks that march around like they own the place. These little sugar ants are happier than ever since Roscoe has joined our family. Now they can load up with the remnants of my son’s cracker snacks, spaghetti dinners, and cookie treats to their collective heart’s content.
So how do we mercilessly rid them of their newfound territory without endangering our son or the planet? We don’t want to use any pesticides in our home, not just because our son likes to put almost everything in his mouth, but also because it isn’t safe for the environment.
So far our weapon of choice has been Borax. The Boric Acid it contains has natural ant-repelling properties and isn’t quite as scary as some other products. It does need to be kept away from children so you have to be careful.
Barriers: Sprinkle or spray these in ant walkways or areas where they enter your home. Their odors disrupt the scent trails ants create for each other.
- White or yellow chalk (ants will not cross a chalk line)
- Cucumber peelings
- Red chili or dry mustard mixed with a bit of water
- Lemon juice
- White vinegar or half strength cider vinegar
- Orange based environmental cleaning products
- Coffee grounds
- Baking Soda
- Baby powder
- Black pepper
- Mint Leaves
- Mint tea bags
Ant traps: You’ll need..
- A sticky substance such as mint jelly or peanut butter
Mix the substances together thoroughly. Spread the mixture on a cracker and place out of the way of children in a cupboard or on a countertop. When the ants get the food, they’ll also get the poison.
Dealing with Ant Hills: The most merciless way is to pour boiling water or hot vinegar directly into the anthill. This site recommended putting dry grits outside the hole. Apparently the ants try to eat them and then explode. That sounds a bit less humane but it’s your call.
What are your natural pest control tips? How do you keep baby safe without ending up with ants in the sugar?