How To Get Rid of Ants Without Killing Them - Is that even possible?

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Ants are one of the insects we have to deal with when it's warmer outside, and sometimes we even find them invading our homes. Usually, they're just in search of something to eat to bring back to their colony and once they find a source of food they will keep coming back, and they'll bring all of their friends too. When it comes to any removal, you can use chemical products that will get rid of them, but these products also kill the ants which can be unfortunate. Even though they are coming into your home uninvited, they usually don't cause too much harm, and if you're sensitive toward animals and insects, you'll probably want to learn how to get rid of ants without having to kill them. You might even wonder if that's even possible at all. The good news is that it is possible to get rid of ants naturally and humanely. Plus, by not wanting to harm the ants, you'll also reduce harm to the environment, other insects and animals, and to yourself and your family. Chemical insecticides are not only harmful and deadly to the insects, but they are also toxic to other living beings including humans. If you've ever caught a whiff of these powerful insect repellants, you know exactly how strong they can be.

So instead of killing ants, your first line of defence is learning some preventative methods to keep them away in the first place. Ants are hardwired to seek out food to bring back to their colony, so the easiest way to keep them away is not to give them any food options. Ants are mainly attracted to sweet foods and sticky things like honey, syrup and drinks with sugar in them. You may also find them on your dirty dishes, which is why it's also a good idea to wash your dishes at the end of every day, so they don't have anything to snack on. Make sure you put any condiments they might enjoy in a sealed container or in the fridge where they are secure. Also, keep your garbage and recycling containers closed tightly too. Wiping down your counters and surfaces with vinegar will also repel ants too. Just put some vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray down your countertops and tables with it after food prep or meals to keep the ants at bay. If you already have an ant problem, you can also get rid of them using natural cleaners and products. Since ants leave a scent trail behind for their friends to find the food source, it's important to clean the scent trail away with some dish soap or vinegar so they can't find it anymore. You can also use essential oils like peppermint and clove oil which they find too strong, so it will repel them.

Bug Off shares a great recipe including vinegar, water and 10 to 15 drops of clove, peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree oil. Just mix everything up in a spray bottle, and once you've removed, the food source and the ants dwindle down, spray their scent trail, so they don't return again. You can also spray this around the access point they found to get into your home as well. Also, once you identify their access point into your home and seal it up using caulk or replacing trim and boards around windows and doors. You may also need to replace screens in your windows as well. For more great ideas on how to get rid of ants and humane ant removal tips check out Bug Off.***

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