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8 Budget-friendly Ways to Get Rid of Ants

Use things you can find in your own kitchen to end your ant problem once and for all

Photography: Dairy Darilag

Have you ever stepped into your kitchen only to find tons of unwelcome guests? We're not talking about people that you don't want to see—we're actually referring to a long line of pesky and annoying ants! An ant invasion can definitely put a hamper on even the best of your days. 

If you would like to say goodbye to these unwanted visitors, here are a few natural solutions to consider.

Clean everything

Prevention is always better than cure! Keep your home spic-and-span so that ants will not be tempted to move in with you. Always wipe away spills, sweep the crumbs on the floor, and clean every surface after preparing and enjoying meals.

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Store food properly

If you keep your food lying around, can you blame the ants for trying to get a few morsels here and there? In order to create an ant-free home, you should store everything in air-tight containers. 

Use boiling water

Do not use pesticides and chemicals in your home! Instead of store-bought pest control, you can pour boiling water on the ant hill! 

Use vinegar

Instead of cleaning your home with artificial cleaning agents, you can use a cup of white vinegar mixed with a cup of water. This is perfect for cleaning countertops, windows, floors, and other surfaces. Apart from being a chemical-free solution, this will also prevent the ants from wandering in.

You can also spray equal parts of vinegar and water around your windowsills, doorways and other places where ants can enter. 

RL Tip: Worried about the smell? The sour scent will go away as soon as the solution dries up.

Use calamansi juice

You can also use calamansi juice to clean your home! After cleaning, soak your rag in calamansi juice and water and use this to wipe surfaces. The faint citrus scent will turn ants off.

You should also cut calamansi in half and rub it all around your windowsills, doorways and other places where ants can come in.

If you see a line of ants, sprinkle calamansi juice over them. The ants that will return to the ant hill will be contaminated by the calamansi juice and pollute the entire ant colony. 


Use garlic

Have you noticed where the ants usually stay in your kitchen? Keep them from coming back by surrounding the spot with peeled and sliced bawang or garlic cloves.

Use black pepper

If you see ants in a certain place, simply sprinkle black pepper over them. Follow them back home and pour boiling water over the ant hill.

Use bay leaves

Although we often use bay leaves or dahon ng laurel for cooking adobo, we can also use them to get rid of ants. Simply place a few leaves around the areas where you often see ants.

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