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Every now and then we get ants traipsing through our kitchen. Hundreds of the little blighters. I don’t leave food out, all food containers are sealed, and the kitchen is clean, but still the ants come and take over. Does anyone know of a home-made natural remedy for getting rid of ants? I don’t want to use chemicals.

Posted by no1ladydj, 24th April 2014

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  • If you see ants, wipe them up with a solution of 50-50 vinegar and water, or straight vinegar. White vinegar kills ants and also repels them. If you have an ant problem, try using diluted vinegar to clean hard surfaces, including floors and countertops, throughout your home.

  • Essential Oils (including Peppermint, Tee Tree, Lemon and Orange) are great for keeping ants away. Place a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe around entry points. You can also leave an oil-infused cotton ball in cabinets and other areas as needed. Repeat every few days until the ants are gone.

  • They are also attracted to some soaps. They kept going into the laundry of a friend of ours but they didn’t know why. After a couple of weeks they discovered they were going to soap that the owner, a tradesman was using to get glue and oil of his hands with. They were getting inside via a tiny little hole between the metal window frame and one of the bricks it was fitted to.

  • If you can find their entry point, a chalk line across it is supposed to stop them. Also, a mix of icing sugar and bi carb soda is meant to fe good too. The icing sugar draws them in and the bicarbonate kills them

  • Is it talcum powder? or is that for mice???

  • i think that we have to be careful of what we use when we have children or pets around

  • there are some good tips here off other mums

  • I used a mixture of peppermint oil, white vinegar & water and it stops the ants in their tracks. And no smell of chemicals either.

  • have you got rid of them at all

  • I’ve seen a lot of good tips about using eucalyptus oil when mopping to help detract lots of different bugs

  • I don’t know of any natural things

  • We put eucalyptus oil on a cotton wool swab and wipe it across their paths or around areas they are attracted to, perhaps the kitchen bin. We found they didn’t cross that.

  • baby powder works well with me as well

  • Baby powder works here :)

  • Yep we use talcum powder works for us

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