Hey there! My name is Chipp Marshal. In this article I am going to show you how to rid of ants quickly, naturally and permanently with an amazing new technique I just learned.
I am sure that I don’t need to tell you how much of a nuisance ants can be. However, what most people fail to realize is that certain species of ants pose serious health risks by infecting your kitchen with harmful pathogens. So it is important that we get rid of these pesky insects as fast as possible.
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Rather than leaving toxic bait stations all around the house, we are going to roll up our sleeves and take the fight to the ants. Besides, the main ingredient in most bait stations available to consumers is boric acid. It is usually mixed with various sugary substances to attract the ants. The problem is that there are many different species of ants and they all have different preferences for food. These preferences even change throughout the year. Boric acid and sugar may work for getting rid of ants during certain seasons but it will have zero effect in almost every other situation. Using these outdated methods are gamble at best.
I am going to teach you a method that I have used every single spring for the last 5 years to get rid of ants for the entire season. In addition to my experience, there is also scientific research that backs up my findings. It is the quickest, easiest and best way to get rid of ants in your house. You may already have these ingredients around the house. If you don’t, your entire cost will still be less than $20 dollars. That’s not bad to eliminate ants for the entire season!
Did you know?
The total mass of every ants on this planet is just about equal to the total mass of all living people! How is this possible? Scientists estimate that for every human on earth, there are close to 2 million ants!
How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
Harsh chemicals always come with unintended consequences. You DO NOT need to use harmful insecticides to get rid of ants. This recipe is a safe, quick, natural and highly effective. This method is actually very popular with organic gardeners. Unfortunately, not many people outside of that community know about it.
What you will need:
- Cayanne Pepper (spice)
- 100% natural therapeutic grade (undiluted) tea tree essential oil
- 100% natural therapeutic grade (undiluted) peppermint essential oil
Warning: Not all essential oils are created equal. Make sure you purchase 100% undiluted oil. Each bottle is very inexpensive and will last you for a few seasons. The ones that I use are listed below. I bought a bottle of each in the spring of 2013 and I still have plenty left for this season.
Tip: Amazon provides free shipping for all orders over $35 dollars. I like to grab 2 bottles of each oil or add another item I need to my order. Essential oils won’t expire for a few years and there are many other health and beauty benefits of tea tree and peppermint oil.
How to Eliminate Ants that are Already Inside of your Home
Before you eliminate ants at their source, you are going to need a game plan for the critters that already invaded your home. Fill a spray bottle with water and add the following ingredients:
- 20 drops of tea tree oil
- 20 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (spice)
This cocktail will kill ants on contact. It will also provide a POWERFUL deterrent along ant trails and inside of any cracks or crevices where they are entering you home.
Getting Rid of Ant Outside of Your Home
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take the fight straight to the nest. This step will require a little more effort but if done properly, you can get rid of your ant problems for the entire year.
- Boil a large pot of water.
- Add a couple teaspoons of cayenne pepper, 20 drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of peppermint oil.
- Trace ant trails back to their nest. Once you find out where they are coming from, drive a stake into the nest to create a void for the hot water to flow through. I use a 1 inch stake and try to drive it at least 18 inches into the soil.
- Remove the stake and slowly and CAREFULLY pour the hot water into the nest. The hot water will kill a large portion of the population and the cayenne pepper and tea tree oil will make the ground unsuitable the rest of the season for an ant colony. Repeat this process for each ant hole you find.
*Tip: Use a tea kettle rather than an open pot for increased safety when handling the hot water. Tea tree and peppermint oil are are completely safe for skin contact. We just want to avoid contact with the hot water during this process.
How to Completely “Bug Proof” your HomeYou can also perform a few simple tasks to “bug-proof” your home. This will help you to beat the spring and fall insect invasions. It is also effective for preventing spiders, mice, boxelder bugs, flies and every other pest you can imagine.
Here is a do-it-yourself bug proof kit (link) that I put together. It contains inexpensive items such as caulk, expanding foam, a screen repair patch kit and everything else you will need to complete the steps below.
Arm yourself with a flashlight and a mirror. Examine every square foot of the exterior of your home. The key areas to inspect include wall penetrations, doors and windows, the foundation, dryer vents, exhaust fans and roof vents. Take your time and try to find all vulnerable areas. Here is a check list to help you with this task:
- Inspect all screens for damage. This includes windows, doors, roof and soffit vents and exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. Use a screen repair patch kit to fix any damage.
- Use caulk or expanding foam to seal areas where items penetrate your home’s exterior such as pipes, vents and utility wires.
- Examine dryer vents. Check the seal between the vent and wall. Also inspect the damper to make sure it is not stuck open. Also check that the seal between the vent and the wall is tight.
- Use caulk to seal openings along siding seams, doors, skylights and windows.
- Use caulk to fill gaps between trim and siding.
- Fill large soffit gaps with expandable foam
- Install or replace door sweeps and weather stripping for exterior doors.
- Replace the rubber seal on the bottom of your garage doors.
- Never seal weep holes at the bottom of stone veneer walls. You can fill these gaps with ventilation plugs instead.
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