Everyday Cheapskate: 10 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Using Ordinary Stuff In Your Pantry
To ant-proof your kitchen, you don't need insecticides or ant traps. Just give it the lemon treatment. First, squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze the lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance.
One EC reader reports that cheap baby powder in a plastic can works to get rid of ants. Drown them in it. They can't make it back to the nest because they can't run, and they'll dry out before they can summon help. You will need to vacuum up the powder, but it doesn't stink.
Another reader puts a stick of spearmint gum opened slightly on each shelf and drawer, in areas frequented by ants and other pantry-prone bugs. "Since doing this I have not seen a single bug. I am away for about four months a year and always come home to bugless cupboards/kitchen."
Psst! You'll find more ways to treat ant invasions at EverydayCheapskate.com/ants.
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