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Yikes it’s ant time!
They’re on the march.
And coming soon to a kitchen cupboard near you.
BUT hang on one sec, before you reach for the ant poison under the sink.
‘Cos that ant poison’s almost certainly got deltamethrin in.
And that deltamethrin aint just nasty for ants.
It can harm cats, aquatic life AND bees. And you need to keep it away from your kids.
So what on earth do you do, if you’ve got ants marching through your kitchen?
Well, since I found out what was in ant poison, this is what I do to get rid of ants naturally.
How To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally
1. Zero Tolerance
Zero tolerance for any little monsters that enter the house is my first tip!
Those first one or two you see sneaking in, and you don’t get round to doing anything about.
Yep those. They’re the advance guard.
Who are going to scurry back to the nest and shout “Hey you all, yummy stuff this way. Follow the handy trail I’ve left out for you!”
Ignore the first few, and you’ll come downstairs one morning to an invasion.
2. Spot Where the Ants Are Getting In
So, the minute you see ’em, take action!
And work out where the ants are coming in.
Then brutally squidge every ant in sight.
Make sure they are truly dead.
And dispose of the corpses.
3. Destroy the Ant Trails Naturally
The next thing to do is destroy the handy scent trail they’ve left behind.
I wipe all round the entrance point and any surface they’ve been on with hot soapy water.
Then spray a mixture of white vinegar and hot water all over the surface.
If you can see outside where they’re coming in, wipe down and spray outside as well.
4. Destroy the Ant Nest Naturally
Now, with typical ant poison, you get the ants to take the poison back to the nest.
Because sitting at the heart of that nest is one big ant laying mama! The queen.
Each queen can produce millions of her pesky offspring over 20 odd years!
So you really want to take her out.
Once, you’ve found it, the easiest way to destroy the ant nest naturally is boiling water.
Just boil up a kettle full and pour it over.
Loads of drowned ants will rise to the surface. Lovely!
If the nest is below patio or decking just sweep up the bodies.
Repeating that a few times will take out most ant nests naturally.
5. Dealing With Big Ant Nests
I say most ant nests cos if you’re unlucky – like us – you’ve got a whopper!
Our south London garden is on the edge of the old Lambeth marsh.
There’s an underground river at the end of the street.
The whole area’s a haven for wildlife.
We get newts, toads, rare beetles, butterflies, swifts, bees of all sorts, herons, bats. The lot.
And unfortunately, we get ants.
They build nests, big, big nests under the flower beds and the lawn.
Without digging up the whole garden, they are pretty hard to take out.
The temptation is to reach for the poison. But it’s a slippery slope.
If ants like your garden, they will keep coming back to it. Again and again.
Which will mean more poison and more and more poison.
Which we know is harmful to cats and pondlife and bees.
And which we don’t fully understand the dangers of for children.
So I’ve resigned myself to a low level war of attritition with the Queen ant.
When I’m watering the garden, I pour boiling water down the obvious entrance points.
Doing it regularly seems to reduce the ants even trying to get in the house.
6. Keeping Ants Out Naturally
And is handy if ants come in behind cupboards where you can’t see them initially.
You just sprinkle it over the entrance points.
It won’t poison the nest but is very hard for the ants to get through.
And naturally deters them from coming into the house.
It also naturally deters other pests like cockroaches, fleas and mites.
So there you go, that’s how I get rid of ants naturally without reaching for the toxic poisons.
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