Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How To Get rid of Ants Naturally

1. Lemon juice

Teresa: We just spray around the openings with pure lemon juice … and it always works for us … something about the acid messes up their sense of tracking…

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2. Cinnamon

Shayla: We use ground cinnamon around where there are coming it. It works really well.

Peggy: We spray cinnamon essential oil all around the doors, windowsills, floors, etc. keeps them from coming in. I put the sugar water and borax OUTSIDE!

Letia: Another vote for ground cinnamon. Easy to clean up afterwards and worked great for us!!!

Jean: Cinnamon and cloves. Makes your house smell nice and the ants just hate it sprinkled right in their path.

Patricia: We also use cinnamon oil. We draw borders around everything with a Q-tip dipped in it. They won’t cross it.

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3. Peppermint

mint leaves and peppermint oil pictured which can be an effective ant repellant
Peppermint oil around windows and doors may form a barrier that ants won't cross. (Photo: Liljam/Shutterstock)
Heather: My mother-in-law has success with peppermint essential oil around windows and doors (any entries). Plus her house then smells awesome.

Julie: Dr. Bonner’s liquid soap in the mint aroma. Mix 1 to 1 with water in a spray bottle. Spray on the ant invasion and watch them suffer.

4. Borax, water and sugar

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Kristi: We use borax, sugar, water and a touch of peanut butter. It takes a couple of weeks but really works. We used it last year in our old house and are implementing it again this spring in our new house. Pesky ants! Here is the site where I found the recipe: Natural Ant Killer.

Christy: I second Diana’s comment about borax and sugar. I’ve made a thin paste before with water, sugar and borax, then spread it on little pieces of thin cardboard or stiff cardstock and placed them near where it seems they are coming into the house. They’ll eat it and take it back to their colony (just like the Terro liquid you can buy). The paste will dry up in a couple days, so you’ll have to make more. But I think I only had to do it twice before they were gone.

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Chookie: What worked for us was a mixture of borax and sugar in water. Several years ago, we lived in a house where there was an ants nest in the walls. Removing it would have meant virtually demolishing the entire front wall of the house (not practical!), so instead, after a year or two of having flying ants swarm into our bedroom every year we decided to go on an ant killing spree. Conventional ant killers didn’t work. Borax and powdered sugar didn’t work. But adding water to the borax and sugar mix to make a thick sugary borax-y syrup DID work…. the worker ants took it back into the nest and it positioned the queen – result = no more flying ants. OK, so borax does need to be kept away from pets and small children, but it is relatively safe beyond that as it is only toxic if you eat it. my solution was to put it somewhere where the kids and the cats would not reach it but the ants could.

BeverlyC: We live in China and had a HORRIBLE ant problem in our house. Tried cinnamon, black pepper, vinegar, etc. etc. We were concerned about the borax because we have guests in and out regularly and the little children are often, well, naughty and undisciplined. When someone suggested Terro liquid ant bait and we found it was just Borax and sugar, we asked someone to bring us some. We could pick the traps up and put them away when company came and put them back out after they left. They worked wonders!!

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5. Boiling water and dish soap

Jennie: We make sure all of our food is sealed up. The honey jar is usually the biggest ant magnet, so it gets a thorough washing and then is placed on a small water-filled saucer in the cupboard. We use a spray bottle filled with water and a squirt of liquid dish soap (I use Seventh Generation) to kill any visible ants. I also look around outside to try to find their hill; pouring a kettle of boiling water on it solves the problem.

Christy: I’ve done what Jennie mentioned too – boiling water will destroy an ant colony, or weeds popping up between sidewalk cracks or in mulch. It’s an easy, purely natural way to kill things that we don’t often think about.

6. Diatomaceous earth

Karen: Yes … diatomaceous earth (DE) works well … use food-grade not swimming pool DE. It should be sprinkled around the perimeter of your new home and you can also safely sprinkle it inside where you see them. Do not wet the DE or it will not work. DE isn’t an instant kill but should resolve the problem within a week or so.

Jami: I have a pretty serious any invasion at my house too. When I moved in last April they had already made themselves at home. I did the cinnamon thing last year and worked ok, but they just kept finding new ways in. My ants weren’t attracted to sugary things, but protein, especially the dog food. This year I made some borax cookies and put them in the old fireplace where I noticed the ants returning a week ago. I also sprinkled DE around the perimeter of my kitchen and that seems to have worked better than anything so far for immediate results.

7. Chalk

chalk on a blackboard pictured - some people have luck with using chalk powder to deter insects like ants
Dry a line in chalk around the entrance where you think ants are getting in. (Photo: marekuliasz/Shutterstock)
Natalie: Oh! And they will not cross a line drawn in chalk. I drew a line around my window where they were coming in and it kept them at bay.

Anali: My grandparents had really good results with the line of chalk, they used powder that you can get at home improvement stores. It comes in a squeezey bottle so it’s easy to lay down a line with.

Home Remedy For Hiccups

1. Eating Too Fast
If you tend to gobble up your food and don’t have the time to chew, you can easily swallow air with your food, which results in hiccups.

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2. Overeating
Overeating can increase your chances of contracting hiccups. Foods laced with fat, aerated drinks, sugar-laced beverages, and even excess alcohol can trigger hiccups.

3. Reflex Action
In some cases, the stomach is stretched. When you devour too much food and air you tend to hiccup. This hiccup sometimes occurs as a reflex action to prevent choking.

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4. Medical Disorders
In some cases, medical conditions like renal failure, encephalitis, brain trauma, stroke, and brain tumor can lead to hiccups (3).

5. Nerve Damage
Sometimes, damage to the phrenic or vagus nerve can result in an unusually long bout of hiccups.

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6. Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is one of the primary causes of hiccups. Many medications like Xanax, Valium and Ativan, have been known to cause hiccups. Other drugs that can lead to hiccups include levodopa, ondansetron, and nicotine (4, 5, 6).

7. Toxic Fumes
Toxic fumes and poisonous gases can also result in hiccups.

8. GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux)

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This is usually most common in infants who are under one year old. Babies who suffer from excessive GERD can suffer from hiccups.

9. Stress
Sometimes, hiccups can also occur due to stress. Anxiety has been known to cause temporary hiccups, and in some cases, hiccups were found to last much longer than usual.

Hiccups which continue for more than 48 hours are known as persistent hiccups. Sometimes, they can even last up to a month and are called as intractable hiccups. Both these kinds of hiccups present various associated health risks and should be examined by a doctor immediately.

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Causes Of Persistent Or Intractable Hiccups
1. Nervous System Disorders
Sometimes, nervous system problems like cancer, stroke, injuries, and other infections can lead to hiccups (7).

2. Metabolic Problems
For those suffering from low or high metabolic activity, hiccups can be a reasonably common occurrence. Other chemical problems like hyperventilation or reduced kidney functioning can also lead to hiccups.

3. Mental Health Problems
Hiccups can also occur in people who face persistent mental health issues like personality disorders, autism, and in some cases even depression and anxiety.