Ants are abundant in Western Australia. Our warm coastal climate and sandy soil are the ideal environment for these arthropodal pests to flourish.
You’re most likely to encounter Argentine Ants, Coastal Brown Ants and Black Ants in Perth. As a pest and ant control company we are skilled at tracking an ant invasion to its source and eradicating the nest. However, it’s understandable you may want to take ant pest control into your own hands every now and then.
Next time you spot the first uninvited guests, give these low-cost natural remedies a shot. If they don’t work for you, or you need help to expel and repel a whole colony of critters, call Antipesto for a professional solution.
Its pungent odour and cleaning properties make vinegar one of the most popular DIY ant repellents. Use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. Wipe down countertops, cupboards, skirting boards, floors and anywhere else you’ve seen ants. Vinegar is not only a great deterrent but also removes the scent trails ants follow.
Note: Vinegar can be corrosive to stone benchtops. Use a regular cleaner for marble, quartz, granite and other engineered stone.
2. Sugar & Baking Soda
Use your invaders’ love of sugar to your advantage with a homemade bait trap. Mix equal parts powdered sugar and baking soda in a shallow dish and place it outside where you see ants entering your home. The sugar attracts ants and the baking soda reacts with their digestive system, taking care of your ant problem naturally.
3. Diatomaceous Earth
Made from crushed fossilised diatoms (algaes), diatomaceous earth is a popular natural ant pest control method. In fact, many ant control companies will use this as part of a wider treatment. Sprinkle a thin line outside to stop the advance of ants. But be careful using diatomaceous earth with young kids and pets as it can cause eye and skin irritations.
4. Corn Starch
Slower and safer than diatomaceous earth, but equally devastating to ants, is a sprinkling of corn starch outside ant entry points. Ants can’t digest corn starch which makes it an effective ant pest control – especially when they carry some back to the nest to share.
Similar to the baking soda method is a borax trap. Borax, found in many common household cleaners or as a powder, is deadly to ants. Mix 50/50 sugar (or a sugary syrup) and borax in a shallow dish. But be careful with this ant pest control – borax is also harmful to people and pets.
6. Cucumber/Citrus Peels
In the war against ants, switching cucumber or citrus-scented cleaners can be effective deterrents because the natural oils are toxic to the type of fungi ants eat. Alternatively, place citrus peels or cucumber in areas ants are likely to visit and they will do their best to avoid it.
What To Do If Home Ant Control Remedies Fail?
Natural ant pest control methods can be a great way to save a bit of money and take the fight against ants into your own hands. However sometimes the ants win, and that’s when you need a professional to step in and help.
Antipesto are Perth’s preferred ant control company because we offer comprehensive, effective, and affordable service without compromising on quality. Check out our Perth ant pest control packages, starting at just $198 for the whole house inside and out. We’ll even treat your shed and garage, two places ants love to invade.