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Tips for Humane, Nontoxic Ant Control

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Just in time for summer, PETA Prime is offering tips on how to keep ants outside the house without using toxic chemicals. So before they reach for the ant traps or bug spray or call the exterminator, homeowners should know that the toxic chemicals that kill ants are also harmful to humans and that scientific studies show that ants are intelligent animals who likely feel pain.

Did you know that similar to human gardeners, some ants use bacteria to produce higher-yielding, nitrogen-rich gardens? Or that leaf-cutter ants will overcome roadblocks between their colony and a food source by cutting smaller pieces of leaves and adding more workers to the line? And one study found that ants and other insects have the same chemical in their bodies that’s known to transmit pain in humans.

Follow the tips below for humane and safe ant control in your home:

Remove sources of attraction. Keep your kitchen clean. Wash countertops, floors, and cabinets with equal parts vinegar and water. Do not leave crumbs or garbage around, and keep all food, including companion-animal food, and trash in tightly sealed containers. Don’t leave uneaten companion-animal food in bowls, don’t feed animal companions outdoors, and never feed wildlife. Remove objects in the yard that might attract moisture (e.g., children’s pools, flowerpots, barbecue grills, sheet metal, boards, large pieces of debris, bricks, logs, etc.), trim back vegetation, and remove furniture and debris near the house.

Locate the source of the ants. When you see ants in your home, try to follow them back to the point where they entered. Use caulk to seal all possible entrances into the house, remembering that ants are tiny and can fit through almost any small opening. Apply weather stripping under doors.

Use natural ant repellents. If ants are coming in through the cracks of doors and windows, pour a line of cream of tartar where they enter the house, and they will not cross over it. A cinnamon stick, coffee grinds, chili pepper, paprika, cloves, or dried peppermint leaves near the openings will repel ants. You can also squeeze the juice of a lemon at the entry spot and leave the peel there. Planting mint around the foundation of the house will also keep ants away. Place cloves of garlic around indoor and outdoor ant pathways.

Use only nontoxic commercial repellents. A product called “Orange Guard” is a nontoxic organic ant repellent that is harmless to humans and other animals and will drive ants away from areas where they are not wanted. However, when applied directly to ants, the active ingredient d-Limonene (orange peel extract) destroys the waxy coating of the insects’ respiratory systems, causing the ants to suffocate, so please do not spray ants with the repellent. Simply spray the repellent around your homeā€”the citrus fragrance of d-Limonene will repel the ants without killing them.


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  • Dorothy Manofsky says:

    Ants are entering homes at an alarming rate trying to escape the heat and smoke out here in California due to the record high temps from Climate Change. Pets should be brought indoors due to smoke and high temps. We should provide bird seed, hummingbird food, plants from the nursery for butterflies, bees, all birds, and water since all the natural resources have been destroyed by the fire. They need help from people right now.

    A warning should go out to People stating that they should bring their pets indoors and not keep them outside-record high temps and smoke are dangerous to pets

    Many people and pets that lost heir homes need the basics..food, water, body care clothing, bedding, coupons to hotels and housing that takes pets. Maybe a national drive can be started to take donations to help those in need.

    News has it that people are intentionally turning off water in Nevada that the horses that were suppose to have access too, as a result the Horses died a painful death. The acts were of malicious evil people. There are cameras that can be hidden, they can be installed in areas where animals go for water and food to catch any people in the future attempting to sabotage water or food supplies to animals. People may want to tour their property more often to insure their animals are safe.

    People that have sanctuaries and animals that are in pastures should double check to make sure animals have cover, water and food at all times and make sure someone has not tampered with the water supplies or food.

    Also, Come November everyone might want to vote for Hillary she is a friend of animals and the planet-Hillary will be taking on green ideas to help the planet and climate change something Trump will not do since he does not believe in climate change.

    As peta says “Never Be Silent” Pass this information along..and give this to the press to put on TV-Animals, Pets and People need help in these times of crisis and with climate change accelerating we will see these types of situations more frequently in the future and need solutions as how to deal with climate change disasters..Obama and Hillary will look for solutions…

  • Platinum says:

    I wouldn’t have thought to use this things. Nice job!

  • Tanya Pena says:

    This is incredibly awesome! I will for sure use this technique at home!!

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