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Everyday Cheapskate: 11 Ways to Use Ordinary Pantry Items to Get Rid of Ants

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Most ant problems -- especially those teeny tiny sugar ants that are attracted to the sweets in your kitchen -- can be quickly solved with ordinary items you have around the house. Think of what follows as a kind of buffet to get rid of ants. You pick the solutions that meet your immediate need with items you have on hand.

MOP AND VACUUM

To get rid of ants, start by mopping the floor at least once a day. Mopping and vacuuming help to remove the ants' pheromone trails. Cleaning and mopping will also rid your home of the food and crumbs that attract the ants. Make sure you don't leave any dirty dishes in the sink, and empty the trash bin regularly.

SOAP AND WATER

If you have ants or other bugs around the house, pour a 50-50 mixture of Blue Dawn dish soap and water into an empty spray bottle, and keep it handy. When you see the insects, spray them with the mixture. Provided you really saturate those little critters, the soap actually breaks down their exoskeletons, and they die almost immediately. It's a cheap and easy cleanup.

ALL-NATURAL OUTDOOR BUG SPRAY

 

Ingredients

1 quart water

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

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