Ants could be a big nuisance in our homes. Carpenter ants and sugar ants are the two biggest ant problems one can have in their home.
This article would squarely tackle how to get rid of carpenter ants although the remedies listed below can be used for virtually any ant challenge you might be having in your home.
As such these home remedies could work for fire ants, harvester ants, sugar ants, etc.
Carpenter ants are very destructive as they can damage building materials. As such, their expulsion or elimination from your home should be taken seriously.
Below are some good practices to keep away carpenter ants from your home;
- Keep foods in well-closed containers.
- Take out your trash regularly and keep trash cans sealed.
- Remove all possible nesting space from your yard such as woodpiles and old, abandoned furniture.
- Clean up spilled food and drinks promptly.
- Seal up cracks and crevices around your house.
- Avoid leaving food remains and dirty dishes in your sink (especially overnight)
- Keep your home clean especially your countertops, kitchens, and windowsills.
- Do not store firewood close to your house. Also, ensure to inspect firewoods brought into the home as carpenter ants could be on them.
- Make sure your house is damp and leakage free as carpenter ants like damp murky places.
- Ensure tree branches are not touching your house as carpenter ants could enter your home through this means.
Below are 18 natural treatments and home remedies to get rid of carpenter ants;
1.Pour Boiling Water
The easiest way to get rid of carpenter ants is to pour hot boiling water over their nests. The only condition is, the nest is located outdoors and you are able to find it.
If the ants do not get eliminated in the first attempt, you may have to try it 2-3 times to completely get rid of them.
2. Spray Cedar Oil
Cedar oil works as a great herbal insecticide to ward off carpenter ants from your home. Cedar oil causes osmotic dehydration in insects such as ants that suffocates and kills them instantly.
Use a spray bottle to spray a solution, made of cedar oil and water, to keep ants at a bay. Spraying their nests with this solution is equally useful in killing them.
3. Apply Orange Paste
The smell of oranges deters the ants and prevents them from roaming around in your house. If you don’t want to kill them, this would be a great remedy to repel them.
Take a few orange peels and make a paste by mixing them with one cup of warm water and mashing them. Use the paste to repel ants from places where you spot them most.
4. Sprinkle Boric Acid
Boric acid is non-toxic, to humans and pets, and an all-natural home remedy for repelling carpenter ants.
Just sprinkle boric acid (or borax) around your home and notice the ants vanish in just a few days time. You can also make a solution of boric acid with water and spray it directly on the ant’s body.
5. Use Liquid Soap
Carpenter ants get suffocated and killed when they are sprayed with a solution of liquid soap and water. Just mix one part of liquid dish soap with 2 parts of water and shake well.
Fill this solution in a spray bottle and spray directly on the colonies to kill most of them in one attempt. Keep the spray bottle handy and spray it as you spot them.
6. Spray Vinegar
The strong smell of vinegar not only irritates the ants but also causes a disturbance in their pheromone trails.
Just mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water and put this solution in a spray bottle. Spray it on all the places where you notice them most such as kitchen countertops, door, window frames, and at corners.
Carpenter ants get repelled by the smell of citrus fruits and we can use lemon for deterring them in a natural way. Squeeze some lemon juice and spray it near their nests.
Also, spray it in places where you don’t want them to be. Mopping your floor with some water mixed with lime or lemon juice will prevent them from entering your home.
8. Cinnamon Powder
The smell of cinnamon is highly disliked by most insects including carpenter ants. It disrupts their pheromone trails and irritates them. Just sprinkle powdered cinnamon over their nests or at the places of high carpenter ant traffic.
You may also use a spray made of cinnamon oil and water to get rid of them in an easy way.
9. Create A Line With Chalk
Chalk is nothing but calcium carbonate which helps in repelling ants. Draw a line with chalk at places where you don’t want to see them. Also, draw a line near the entrance door and windows from where they usually enter your house.
This non-toxic remedy is sure to keep the ants away from your home for a long time.
10. Sugar And Boric Acid Trap
Boric acid is highly toxic to the ants. When you spread a mixture of sugar and boric acid in your home, the ants feast on it and takes it to their colonies. The entire colony eats it and gets killed easily.
11. Use Diatomaceous Earth
Getting rid of carpenter ants is easy with diatomaceous earth. Powdered diatomaceous earth is made from fossilized organisms found in the sea.
The powder is non-toxic to humans but dehydrates the tiny creatures and kills them. Keep spreading it in high traffic places until you get rid of all the carpenter ants in your home.
12. Neem Oil
Neem essential oil is one of the best home remedies for carpenter ants. It kills the ants by destabilizing the hormonal system of the insect.
Mix some neem oil with water and spray in places where ants are bothering you or directly over their nests if you can locate the nests. Neem oil also affects their ability to reproduce. Thus, controlling them to a great extent. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234642/)
13. Peanut Butter Trap
Carpenter ants get attracted to the smell of peanut butter. So, we can use it as a bait. Just mix boric acid with peanut butter and spread it around your house to lay the bait.
The ants will consume the boric acid along with the peanut butter and die due to its harmful effect.
14. Baking Soda For Ants
Baking soda is another great way to get rid of the carpenter ants from your home. Baking soda can kill the ants when they consume it.
Just mix some sugar in baking soda as a bait and spread the mixture around your house and near the door and windows from where they enter.
If you want to repel carpenter ants in a natural way, then salt is one of the best remedies. Just make a line using salt and the ants will not cross it.
You could also use salt water to spray on the high traffic zones. It will keep carpenter ants out of your home.
16. Red Chili Powder
Sprinkling red chili powder in places where you notice carpenter ants would repel them. They will never want to walk over red chili as it irritates them.
If you don’t have powdered red chilly, you can buy red whole chilies and grind them. Make a paste by mixing them with water and spread it near their nests and around your home as an ant repellent.
17. Complete House Clean Up
Keeping your home clean can help you keep ants and other insects away. Make sure you clean up all the leftover food from countertops, table, and floors on a regular basis.
Leftover food in your home attracts ants and they signal this to their fellow ants making your home the best place for them to gather food.
Keeping your home clean, by regularly brooming and mopping with a disinfectant will help you get rid of carpenter ants efficiently.
18. Caulk And Sealants
Carpenter ants are really tiny. As such, they don’t only get access to your home via the doors. They can gain access to your home through tiny crevices, air gaps, and orifices.
As such, you would need to inspect your house for tiny openings and seal up these openings with caulk or sealants.
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