While it can be such a delight to bring in strawberry jams and cereals to your kitchen, it can also be just as tempting for hungry little ants to resist these sweet smells as well. Because of this “sweet tooth” that ants seem to have, sharing your food with these sneaky insects quickly becomes a problem for homeowners…and we understand why. Ants crawling on your counters and getting into your food is beyond unappealing! With this being said, we have listed some ways of how to get rid of ants safely and as naturally as possible, in order to keep your kitchen fresh, clean, and pest free.

Essential Oils

When ants go out to look for food, they mark the path from the food source back to the nest, through the use of a pheromone trail. Other ants on the other hand, use the antennae to smell and track their way back to the path leading to their nests. Because of this, it is pretty safe to say that ants can easily be distracted and led astray from their nests through interfering with their abilities and sense of smell.

Peppermint Essential Oil

We know, peppermint oil smells wonderful! While this particular oil is used by humans to boost alertness and mental health, it can actually have the opposite effect on ants. All you have to do is place a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and wipe the cotton on baseboards and other areas where the ants seem to roam. Moreover, you can even dunk a cotton ball in to the peppermint oil and leave the damp cotton on different spots in your house, depending on where the ants would usually frequent. Repeat this process until you see that the ants are completely gone.

Clove Essential Oil

Eugenol is one of the primary components of clove oil, which is actually an insecticide that provides fast results once it comes into contact with pests. It can be used on a wide variety of pests such as cockroaches, fleas, crickets, spiders, ants, dust mites, wasps, spiders, and more. This specific substance has no residual activity, which means that unlike other essential oils, its smell does not linger. This is not actually a bad thing since products that contain a high eugenol content are considered to be minimally dangerous for the environment or users.

Lemon or Orange Oil

Both Lemon and Orange contain a substance called d-limonene, which is very much dangerous for ants as it prohibits their ability to smell. All you have to do is leave a few drops of lemon or orange oil on a cotton ball and place those cotton balls on spots where there are usual ant activities, or you can simply mix it with water and use it as a spray.

While there are many other methods you can use to get rid of ants, none of them are a guaranteed fix. If you try these solutions and all else seems to fail, call in a team of experts to take care of your problem effectively and efficiently. One name that you can trust is Go Forth Pest Control. Our team has been serving areas across North Carolina and parts of South Carolina since 1959, making us topnotch experts in any and every pest issue. Call today for your ant control quote!

Go-Forth Pest Control is a family owned exterminator company based in High Point, NC. The company covers The Triad, The Triangle, Charlotte, Hickory, Wilmington, Columbia SC.