Ants, houseflies and cockroaches – these are household pests that everyone hates. If you are experiencing an invasion of pesky ants at different areas of your home (we know how annoying they are), these 3 natural and effortless remedies are bound to get rid of ants!
1. Using bay leaves
Bay leaves are commonly used as an ingredient in stews, soups to add a hinge of flavour and fragrance. If you love Indian cuisine, you should be familiar with bay leaves as is found in Biryani. While it is used for cooking, it is an natural and effective way to keep your ants at bay. Ants are allegedly known to hate the scent of bay leaves and this would help you avoid an ant-vasion!
Tip: Simply place a handful of fresh bay leaves at corners within your kitchen (or home) where you often see ants crawling around and let them work its magic.
2. Using lemon peels or anything citrus-based
Ants absolutely hate anything that is citrus-based. According to a study, ants are resistant to citric acid found in lemons. When they ingest them, they get poisoned and eventually die. Instead of discarding your lemon peels, start putting them into good use!
Tip: You can also create your natural ant repellant spray using lemon juice. Simply mix lemon juice with water (1:3 ratio) in a spray bottle. By spraying in prone areas where ants appear, it can destroy the scent trails that ants follow. The fresh scent of lemon is a bonus as it creates a refreshing aroma in your home!
Learn more about 4 magical uses of lemon for your home in another of our StyleMag article too. It is always good to have some lemons stocked up in your home. You’ll never know when it might be a saviour to you!
3. Lacing egg shells around your home
The next time you crack an egg, remember to save the egg shells and use them as a natural repellent! Place them in areas around your home where ants often make an appearance.
Tip: If you are an avid gardener, you may have known that crushed egg shells is a popular choice as an organic pest control. Crush egg shells into powder-form and sprinkle them on top of your soil to prevent harmful pests from invading your precious plants.
As these solutions uses natural food ingredients, do remember to change your worn-out lemon peel, bay leaves or egg shells into fresh ones once they start to wear out.
Avoid having your food out open in your kitchen – utilize food covers and food containers to protect them from being in the radar of those zesty ants.
If you’re looking for a vibrant addition to your dining table, check out our Adorable Insulated Food Cover or Pastel Insulated Food Cover. To keep your leftovers and dry food fresh, store them nicely into our Freshly Food Containers or Staple & Snacks Airtight Container that comes in various sizes – perfect to contain your fruits and snacks too!