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How To: Natural Ant Control

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Springtime means that you might be getting some unwelcome house guests. Ants become active after the cold winter, and many people struggle to control them once they get inside of the house.

Some people don’t mind using poisons to get rid of them. But if you are like me, you want to limit your exposure to toxic chemicals as much as possible. Especially if you have kids or pets, the need to keep a safe home is everything.

When the little guys show up this spring, try out some non toxic ant deterrents that may help you to keep them outside where they belong.

One of the most popular solutions is to use ground cinnamon. Once you know where the ants are coming into your home, just start sprinkling cinnamon where their paths are. It won’t take effect immediately, but after a few hours check and see how well it worked.

Cinnamon is not toxic to humans, and works to discourage the ants from coming in. If you have a good idea where they are likely to enter your home, you can spread cinnamon as a preventive measure.

You may find that cinnamon isn’t effective, and if this is the case you do have other options.

Some people have had success with peppermint, coffee grounds and citrus. These options will smell nice, and you won’t have to worry about having toxic chemicals in your home.

If you don’t mind a stinky remedy, vinegar can also be used. While it isn’t pleasant to smell, vinegar won’t hurt your children or pets.

Even if these remedies aren’t 100% effective, none of them cost much, and most of them smell great. Try them out this spring before you reach for the poison, and feel free to share your experiences below. We would love to know how these green solutions work for you.

[via treehugger]

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