Most of us don’t want to share a home with ants, but we don’t want to douse the place with insecticide either.

Keeping your sinks and counters dry and clean is a good start.

Here are a few natural treatments to keep ants at bay:


Cinnamon. Place a few cinnamon sticks anywhere you spot ants crawling into your house. The pleasant odor will send ants away. (Garlic cloves work as well, though you may not enjoy the scent as much.)


Vinegar. Spray some apple cider or white vinegar on areas where ants have set up shop.


Black pepper. Sprinkle a little pepper where you see ants. Watch where they run to, and treat that area as well to prevent them from returning.


Mint. The scent of mint can disrupt ants’ sense of smell. Plant mint outside, especially near doors and windows, and place a few mint leaves in and around your windows.

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