Natural Indoor Ant Treatment

ants-in-sugar

Ants are one of the most common insects that invade the home. Depending on the climate, they can be anything from an occasional nuisance to a persistent pest. Being such a regular home visitor, there are many products devised to take care of them; so why use an organic ant control? Natural products like diatomaceous earth will be safe to use around your kids and pets. DE will continue to work long after any chemical products' effect have dissipated, providing a natural ant repellent as long as the powder remains.

For instructions on how to use DE in your home to combat ants, follow the steps below.

You will need:

Dry:

Step 1:

Find areas around your house where you have seen ants crawling. Mark places where you think and may be able to enter your house. If ants have been moving across a large flat area, or have been moving up walls, you may want to use a wet application. If the ants have been moving along edges and cracks, baseboards and floorboards, or are working their way along window sills, you may want a dry application.

Step 2:

Apply diatomaceous earth. You can use a duster to target along edges, behind baseboards, and any other hard to reach places. Alternatively you can use a flour sifter to lightly dust larger problem areas. Also take time to target parts of your windows and doors which you find susceptible.

Step 3:

Watch the areas you have treated and take note of alternate routes taken by ants to see if any follow up applications are needed. After a month, clean off the areas where you have applied DE and reapply. Pay particular attention to the areas where ants can get into your house to prevent future ant trails

Wet:

Step 1:

Find areas around your house where you have seen ants crawling. Mark places where you think and may be able to enter your house. If ants have been moving across a large flat area, or have been moving up walls, you may want to use a wet application. If the ants have been moving along edges and cracks, baseboards and floorboards, or are working their way along window sills, you may want a dry application.

Step 2:

Follow the instructions for application listed here. Use the spray bottle to target larger areas such as walls, where you have seen ants travelling. This type of application is not good for small nooks and crannies. DE will not work while it is wet but only after the water evaporates will it take effect. Keep that in consideration as you make your applications.

Step 3:

Watch the areas where you have sprayed, take note of alternate routes taken by ants and treat accordingly. After a month, clean off the areas where you have applied DE and reapply. Pay particular attention to the areas where ants can get into your house to prevent future ant trails

If you have questions about the other ways to combat ant hills and ant trails outside, click here.

Trending Blog Posts

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: Human Benefits

Diatomaceous Earth: Natural Bed Bug Control

DE Detox: Cleanse Your Body with Diatomaceous Earth

How to Chase Away Rodents with Diatomaceous Earth

Natural Flea Control for Cats with Diatomaceous Earth

Natural Flea Control for Dogs with Diatomaceous Earth

Does Diatomaceous Earth Have Side Effects?

Diatomaceous Earth for Cats

The Difference Between DE and Bentonite Clay

Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth: The Natural Cockroach Killer

Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs

Natural Indoor Ant Treatment

Can Diatomaceous Earth Help Me Lose Weight?

Beginner's Guide to Diatomaceous Earth

Why Home Remedies for Bed Bugs Are Your Only Option

Diatomaceous Earth Benefits Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

Using DE to Polish Copper Bottomed Pots and Pans

Keep Silverware from Tarnishing

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing The Bread Box

Diatomaceous Earth: Elk Feed Additive

Polishing and Cleaning Silver and Pewter Utensils

Polishing and Cleaning Utensils (Non-Silver)

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing Your Vacuum

Diatomaceous Earth: Goose Feed Additive

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing Shoes

Diatomaceous Earth: Bison Feed Additive

Diatomaceous Earth: Polish Out Hard Water Stains

How Do You Spell Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth: Deodorizing Trash Cans

Diatomaceous Earth: Duck Feed Additive

How Our Diatomaceous Earth Is Going Green

Deodorizing Cupboards, Drawers, and Closets with DE

Pesticides and Dogs Don't Mix

The Many Names of Diatomaceous Earth

Wilcox 3 Quart Duster

Dustin-Mizer Duster

JT Eaton Duster

Replacing Harmful Pesticides with Diatomaceous Earth

Preparing Your Garden for Winter in 6 Easy Steps

Squeeze Duster

Diatomaceous Earth: Sheep Feed Additive

DIY Body Butter Bar

DE Can Easily Clean Oil and Grease Spills

Gilmour 1 Gallon Sprayer

12 Ways to Save Your Essential Oils (and Money) with DE

Using DE as an All Purpose Cleaner

Gilmour Duster

How Can DE Help the Pest Problems in your Home?

Extend the Life of Your Essential Oils with DE


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published