An ant invasion is easy to manage. Just use repellents to drive them out of a home or keep them away from a property. To do this, vinegar is a very effective product to repel these insects. In addition to being accessible to everyone, this natural repellant does not harm the health of the occupants of a house—an overview of how to use vinegar to ward off ants effectively.
White vinegar diluted in hot water.
Ants are insects that can quickly become invasive. For a good reason, the remains of food lying around in the kitchen, dining room, or bedrooms attract them. However, once they are encrusted in the house, it is sometimes difficult to drive them out. However, the use of insecticides is harmful to human health, particularly for young children. You should know that other less dangerous products, but particularly effective in keeping insects away from a property, can be used. White vinegar is one of them.
Indeed, vinegar is an excellent repellant. Thanks to its strong odor, this product helps to repel insects. To increase the effectiveness of vinegar, it is advisable to dilute it in hot water. Then use this solution to keep ants and other insects away.
Here are the steps on how to hunt ants with white vinegar:
- Pour hot water into a sprayer and add a generous amount of white vinegar (about half of the container).
- Then shake the container well to dilute the vinegar in hot water. The heat optimizes the properties of the product, making it more efficient.
- Spray the areas where ants pass. Do not hesitate to sprinkle a good quantity for more efficiency.
- Repeat the operation as often as possible, about two to three times a day, with an interval of one to two days during the week. In this way, the ants will disperse to leave the house as quickly as possible.
Cucumber and white vinegar
There are many natural and repellents. Besides white vinegar, cucumber, whose smell and texture of its juice repels certain varieties of insects, is also part of it. If ants have invaded the house, it becomes essential to combine all the natural tips to fight against these invaders effectively. To do this, a combination of cucumber and vinegar is required.
To proceed effectively, a few steps are essential, namely:
- Sprinkle white vinegar in all corners of the house and in areas where ants pass. A few drops are more than enough to keep these insects at bay. It is also possible to use the solution based on the hot water and diluted white vinegar.
- Take a cucumber and slice the vegetable into thin strips. Place the slices in the places where the ants are most numerous. It is recommended to place it in the walls’ recesses, under the living room sofa, and in the corners of the kitchen worktop. These cucumber strips should be replaced every two or three days. Continue this operation until the ants have completely deserted the house.
The smell of vinegar mixed with that of cucumber will be slightly present in the home during pest control days, but it is not harmful. Unlike chemical insecticides that impact the respiratory tract or cause allergic reactions in the most sensitive, natural tips do not affect health.
Lemon peels marinated in white vinegar.
Besides use with cucumbers, white vinegar can also be used with lemon peels to keep ants away. To do this, it is enough to marinate lemon peels in the product for three days. Preferably use a glass bottle. The mixture can then be used to hunt ants around the house.
When using this solution, it is recommended to dilute it slightly with water. Once this step is done, sprinkle it on the areas where insects pass. A few drops of this mixture can also be poured into cleaning products to clean the house while keeping ants away.
Treat the outside with white vinegar: an immediate solution.
When ants have invaded the house, the first instinct is to use repellents inside. However, you should know that these insects can come from outside, especially from the garden, where their nests are located. To fight against the invasion of these insects, it is advisable to treat the exterior of the home before using the products inside. Vinegar-based solutions should be used in the garden.
Note that vinegar is also known to be an effective weedkiller. The sprinkling of this solution in the garden, on the terrace, or even the paths, allows both to fight against the invasion of ants and reduce the expansion of weeds.
Here are the steps to follow to hunt the ants presented on the terrace or the paved paths of the garden:
- Obtain drums used by pest control organisms. These are sold commercially with all the necessary protective equipment.
- Fill the barrels with white vinegar and water to slightly reduce the product’s effect so as not to dry out the soil or damage the plants.
- Spray the solution on the surfaces to be treated.
For best results, the treatment of the house’s exterior part should be carried out once or twice a week, for a month. Note, however, that white vinegar should not be used abundantly at the risk of changing the soil’s nature.