You can make effective sprays and bait stations out of natural ingredients. One of the most effective substances for fighting sugar ants is vinegar, the particular type of it is not important. Better use one of the cheap kind, because you may need a lot of it. Clean your apartment with vinegar and water solution spray to make ants’ trails lose their smell. Try to find the nest and spray it all over. Just remember, that sprays of this kind don’t kill ants, they just make them uncomfortable. Below you can find more spray recipes:
- mix one part vinegar and one part water, add a little peppermint oil;
- brewed wild chamomile works good for disinfection;
- mix 1/4 cup of orange essential oil, add a little bit of molasses, one teaspoon of dish soap and three glasses of water.
If ant problem is bigger than sprays can solve, you can make natural ant baits. To make a bait station you will need Borax, boric acid or diatomaceous earth and sugar or something as sweet and attractive for the mix. Such a trap must be changed once in two or three days. Here’s a few recipes:
- mix one part boric acid and one part honey into a bait paste;
- mix one spoon of boric acid, half a cup of sugar and a glass of water;
- mix one spoon of peanut butter, one spoon of sugar and Borax;
- mix one part diatomaceous earth (Harris works great on ants) with one part of cereal or nut powder.
The easiest way to stop the ants when there is still few of them is to find cracks and holes, from which they come and put some coffee, cinnamon or cloves into them. Some people recommend baking soda based traps, but they’re no more than a myth. Baking soda is of no harm to ants.
Learn more about ant insecticides in our article.