The best way to get rid of ants is to aim at the source – although it may be difficult to identify a nest of ants, finding out where they appear to be from is the starting point for establishing deterrence methods. But, instead of looking for unnatural pesticides to deal with the problem, there are several ways to combat ant infestation without using chemicals.
Peppermint is a natural deterrent for insects, and it also works well to deter flies and mosquitoes.
The same goes for lemon eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil.
Mix 10 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil with two glasses of water, place it in a spray bottle and use it on the baseboards and windows in your home, or wherever the ants seem to come.
However, be careful when using them if you have pets – particularly cats, which can get very sick if exposed to some essential oils.
If you see ants, clean them with a 50 to 50 solution of vinegar and water or direct vinegar.
White vinegar kills ants and also repels them. If you have a problem with ants, try using diluted vinegar to clean hard surfaces, including floors and counters, throughout your home.
Ants can smell the vinegar after it dries, but the scent does not remain discernible for long for most people.
Glass cleaner and liquid detergent
The combination of glass cleaner and spray with liquid detergent or soap can help prevent ants from entering your home.
This is done by removing the scented trail of pheromones that they leave behind when they walk.
Mix and spray in areas where ants appear to gather or originate. Clean the area after spraying, leaving a light residue.