Tiny as they are, in large numbers ants can be a serious indoor pest. They are naturally attracted to the kitchen, where there are plenty of sweet snacks to munch on. Luckily there are a few pantry items that can actually help to deter an ant invasion.
1. Lemon Juice
As ants scout for food, they leave pheromone trails that allow them to find their way back to the colony and lead other ants to their prize. Lemon juice effectively destroys these scent signals.
2. Spices and Herbs
Pungent spices like black pepper, chili pepper, mint and cloves are too strong for ants' tastes. Try sprinkling them wherever you've seen ants entering before.
3. Coffee Grounds
Ants typically make their way into the home from an outdoor colony. To prevent ants from settling in too close to your house, place used coffee grounds in the garden or other prime nesting areas.
4. Peppermint Oil
After completely cleaning counter surfaces, rub them down with a few drops of essential peppermint oil; ants seem to dislike the flavor.
In some cases these simple repellents may not be enough, particularly if you are dealing with an especially large colony; it's probably time to call in the professionals. Call Cliff’s Pest Control in San Bernardino at 877-255-2575 to the following website to learn more about pest removal services in your area.