Freaking out over a marching line in your kitchen everyday can be pretty exhausting. Seeing one ant can already mean hundreds in hiding, what more a marching line? You might think they’re harmless when you’re outside on a picnic and they’re marching on a tree, but ants sharing the kitchen with you is a different story. They can be a big pest in teeny tiny bodies.
There are ants all over the world and they have their own good contributions to the ecosystem. But inside the house, especially when uninvited, they can surely do damage. Ants are able to crawl anywhere - from the floor, to the walls, even on the ceilings! This way, they contaminate the food by spreading bacteria they got from basically everywhere. Having thousands of species, some ants can bite humans and we all know how inconvenient that can be. Some ants are known to destroy building materials and others can also damage gardens. Imagine what that can do to your kitchen. We don’t want to hurt them but we want to keep our house ant-free too. Luckily, we’ve found a few simple ways to get rid of ants in your kitchen.
When you find a brand new marching line on your kitchen floor, don’t sweep off just yet! Put on your Sherlock hat and trace that source. It could be as small as a drop of honey you haven’t noticed or as big as a jar of cookies unsealed. There’s always a source. Ants, like any other pests in the house, are always looking for a good source of food and water. So what do we do with it? We cut it off.
Now that you’ve done the tracing and the sweeping, it’s time to do the cleaning. Ants leave a trail of pheromones when they walk, for the other to follow suit. You can destroy this trail by cleaning the kitchen. Mix spray on glass cleaner and liquid detergent. Use the solution to spray and wipe down areas the ants have walked on. For a more natural option, try creating a one-part vinegar and three-part water solution. If both options bother you with their scent, try using hand soap diluted in water and spray them on entryways and affected areas.
Eliminating their food source means they would be searching for new ones elsewhere. It’s time to repel these ants and make sure they don’t come back. Since you’re already in the kitchen, try using natural repellents you can find in the kitchen first. Peppers are a known good ant repellent. Use ground black or cayenne pepper and sprinkle generous amounts on possible points of entry. Another natural repellent for ants are coffee grounds. No worries, you won’t exactly have to share your coffee with them as you have to brew the coffee first before using them as repellents. Sprinkle on areas in the kitchen or in your home where they are can be easily attracted to. You can also sprinkle them on window sills and or other areas near indoor plants. Make sure to replace the grounds from time to time since they lose their potency when they dry.
Other natural repellents that can help you get rid of ants in your kitchen, are oils. Peppermint oil is one of the most known natural insect repellents. It doesn’t just repel ants but other bugs too like mosquitos. Mix a few drops of peppermint oil on water and spray on windows and corners of the floors, and let dry. You may also use tea tree oil if you’re open to killing ants by now. The lemon eucalyptus oil, or the more popularly called citronella is also a proven bug repellent. Not to be diluted unlike the peppermint oil, soak a number of cotton balls on the oil and place on specific corners of the kitchen, or all over the house. The Cinnamon leaf essential oil has been tried and tested to repel ants as well. One of its components, trans-cinnamaldehyde, has been found effective to repel biting red ants at that. All you have to do is soak cotton balls on the oil and again, place them on specific corners in the kitchen or in the house, you think the ants go in. You may also try powdered cinnamon.
If your do-it-yourself home remedies don’t work and you still find a marching line in the kitchen, maybe it’s time to start a search party outside the house. Once you find the nest, simply pour boiling water or insecticide over it.
If there isn’t just one nest, perhaps it’s time to consider asking for help. Not from the neighbors, but from professional pest control services. Unless of course your neighbors are professional pest busters. Hundreds of ants may be an easy job, but thousands is an infestation. Pest busters should have a vast knowledge of the species of ants sharing your kitchen with you and know better how to address each type of ant problem. However, pest control can be costly. Some services might even go over a period of time which means bigger costs.
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