4. Peppermint (Karppoorathulasi / Puthina)
Peppermint is a natural insect repellent that can effectively keep ants away. Ants hate its strong smell, which also disrupts their smelling capabilities so they cannot detect food sources.
■ Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 cup of water. Spray the solution on all areas where ants are present. Repeat twice daily, until the ants are gone completely.
■ Sprinkle some dried peppermint around your doors, entryways and garbage areas to repel ants.
■ You can even grow peppermint plants in your kitchen garden.
5. Cucumber Peel
Another age-old trick to get rid of ants is cucumber peel. Ants have a natural aversion to cucumber, as they cannot stand its taste. Bitter cucumbers work best, but you can use normal cucumbers, too.
■ Peel a cucumber.
■ Place pieces of the peel in all areas where you have seen ant activity.
■ Replace them with fresh peels daily.
■ Repeat as needed until the ants are gone.
6. Cayenne Pepper (Mulakupodi)
Cayenne pepper also works as an effective ant repellent. The strong nature of cayenne pepper destroys the chemical signals that ants rely on to navigate toward food, their nest and other places. Without a proper signal, ants will not able to survive and will thus look for new places to go.
■ Sprinkle cayenne pepper powder in areas where you notice ants.
■ You can also mix equal amounts of cayenne pepper and turmeric powder and sprinkle it across the access points to make an unpleasant barrier for ants.
7. Liquid Dish Soap
Dish soap also works as an effective ant repellent. It can help suffocate the ants, causing them to die. You can try this tip on cockroaches, too.
■ Mix 1 teaspoon each of liquid dish soap and baking soda in a cup of water. Spread this solution along areas where ants are coming in.
■ Fill a spray bottle with one part dish soap and two parts water, then shake it thoroughly. Spray the mixture over the areas where ants are present. After a few hours, wipe up the dead ants with a wet cloth.