Ants are a nuisance, they eat and contaminate food especially if it is sweet, making it unsafe to eat. Try these remedies to get rid of them naturally and cheaply.
Tackle the source
Where there are ants there will always be one or more anthills, nearby.
You could also sprinkle over a mixture of equal amounts of icing sugar and bicarbonate of soda. The ants ingest the mixture and take it back to feed other ants all of which eventually die.
Keep the kitchen clean
The kitchen is often the first place of call for ants as it is where food is cooked and stored, so keeping it clean helps. Store food in a clean pantry and sugary items in sealed containers.
Rinse bottles containing sweet juices or syrups with clean water to remove any drips. Clean working surfaces and mop up any food spills. Wash the dishes after they have been used and empty kitchen garbage bins at the end of the day.
Use fresh lemon juice
Ants do not like the smell of lemon juice, but sugar is an ant’s best friend, so when using lemon juice to repel ants, make sure the juice is from natural, freshly squeezed lemons without any sugar in it.
After squeezing the lemons, do not throw the peels away, cut them into small pieces and put them in a blender with enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste in places where the ants enter the house
Use hot pepper
Ants hate hot pepper of any kind, so sprinkle powdered hot pepper in areas where ants enter your house. You could also make a concentrated pepper solution and spray it in these areas.
Cinnamon and cloves
Make a powder from 10 or more cloves, by pounding or grinding them and mixing well with two tablespoonful of ground cinnamon.
Sprinkle the areas where the ants enter with this mixture to get rid of the pests. If you do not have any cloves, ground cinnamon alone works just as well.
Mix equal parts of white or apple cider vinegar with a little water in a spray bottle shake well and spray in all areas you suspect harbour ants.