Pesticides are effective at killing ants, but can be harsh and dangerous to humans and animal life. A natural ant killer which uses only organic ingredients can better serve households for people with allergies, children and pets. Large sticky traps may seem like a viable option at first, but these devices do not have the range required to anticipate the varying travels of the ant. Sprays and granules offer the best coverage and can be used indoors and out. Applying the organic ant killer around obvious locations like doorways and windowsills can provide an effective barrier against these intruders.
One of the most widely used natural ant killers is called diatomaceous earth. DE is made by grinding up the fossils of prehistoric creatures known as diatoms. This finely ground material works to kill not only ants but other insects as well. It is safe to use around animals and children. In gardening, DE is mixed with soil to kill unwanted pests. It comes in small bags and can be sprinkled onto the ground and soil. The nice thing about diatomaceous earth is that insects cannot develop resistance to it. Within 48 hours of contact, the insect will be dead.
Liquid sprays are more practical for indoor use because they do not make a mess. Orange Guard natural ant killer is a popular product and is made from only natural materials. The primary ingredient is orange peel extract, which not only deters ants but smells great too. It kills ants as well as any other insects in the area. Orange peel is used because it is a natural deterrent. Both humans and animals are never seen eating an orange peel, and the same goes for ants.
Other forms of organic sprays utilize enzymatic processes to eat away at the ant’s exoskeleton. The enzymes within the liquid destroy the ant quickly and are quite effective. Liquids like these are biodegradable and come in concentrated solutions. Simply mix it with water in the given ratio to create new solution.
Not a fan of natural ant repellent in sprays and granules? You may consider using an ultrasonic ant repeller. While it does not kill ants, it drives them away with a silent sonic pulse. Insects absolutely hate the sound that these units produce, but humans and animals cannot hear them. Just plug it into a wall outlet in every room to remove any pests. Many also work as a handy night light.