Figure out the ants’ main points of entry—windowsill, doorway, baseboards—and sprinkle those places with any of the following... Cayenne pepper, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Sage, Whole cloves, Bay leaves, Cream of tartar, Salted cucumber peelings, Dried peppermint leaves or peppermint oil Distilled white vinegar Lemon juice and peel—mix it with water and wash the kitchen floor, Baby powder, Uncooked white or brown rice You can also sprinkle the above items in food pantries or cupboards.
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Mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray doors and windows. Any area you suspect ants are coming in. This will stop them in their tracks.. literally! Ants leave a scent behind so they know where they came in and out. The vinegar eliminates the scent and spraying once a week eliminates the ants!
if you have ants, puff some talc based powder where you see them entering from. The composition in Talc is too large for the ants and they will not cross it. You can puff around all your baseboards, windows, etc. to protect the whole house.
Kid and pet friendly, plus it smells nice :) You may need to repeat if you treat one area and ants find a new way in.
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