Kari Warberg Block, pest prevention expert and founder of EarthKind who was recently featured on CNBC.com, has natural solutions that are both safe and effective. See below for a few techniques that will keep ants away from your outdoor gatherings this summer:
To deter ants, sprinkle coffee grounds outside to keep them away from your gatherings. The smell repels them and they’ll be looking for a less caffeinated place to hang out.
Sprinkle cinnamon on surfaces where you’ve seen ants congregate. The domestic spice acts as a dermal irritant to the tiny insects and they’ll be working their way towards sweeter surroundings.
Don’t throw away citrus peels. Lemons, limes and oranges may add zip to your favorite drinks. But ants see them as the enemy. Fresh citrus peels are toxic to the fungi that ants feed on. Spread them around the areas where you see ants meeting up and they’ll be looking for a new place to congregate.
Draw the line and ants won’t cross it. When it comes to ants ruining your get-togethers, you need to draw the line. Do it with chalk! Block their entryway with a thin line of chalk or baby powder. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent.
- Pouch Up - EarthKind’s Stay Away Ants is a great alternative way to get rid of ants. The pouches work by using the ants' highly sensitive scent receptors, found on their antennae, against them. Ants use scent trails to communicate with each other, to find food and to mark the paths they travel. Get them to Stay Away!