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A few weeks ago we visited my family in Texas. Yes, I’m a Texas girl. Born and bred there till about age 12. Go Spurs! Anyway, while we were out and about in my hometown ants were having a house party back at my house.
After spending over 15 hours driving home… Yes, we drove. Crazy I know with two kids in the backseat. After unsardining ourselves from the Kia (it was our best choice for gas) the last thing we wanted to deal with was ants. They were everywhere. In drawers, on the counter tops, strolling across the floor. It was disgusting! It’s not like I left the house dirty either. I hate to coming home to a mess. Just seeing them I started to get hypochondriac itches. Eww!
We had some ants before we left but nothing like this. They must have noticed we were gone and thought “Hey, Parrrtaaaayyyy!!”. Before we left I had been experimenting with different homemade ant spray concoctions. I wanted to make something that would kill ants and yet wouldn’t freak me out if my kids touched it. Lord, knows they touch everything. I still have to tell my six year old not to pick up random things he sees in parking lots. And my youngest still randomly puts things in his mouth so spraying any harsh chemicals inside of my house was out of the question.
I tried mixing different essential oils (like tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oils), vinegar, and soap. The mixture that worked best for me was water, vinegar, and squirt of soap. It stops them dead in their tracks and I have no fears about my children being around it.
To make this homemade ant killer:
- Get an 8 ounce bottle. You can find these at the Dollar Store or at places like Wal-Mart (look in the travel sized section in the beauty area or near the irons). Also, you could re-purpose an old spray bottle that you’ve recently emptied.
- Fill this bottle with about 3/4 water and 1/4 vinegar. Ants get around by following scent trails and vinegar disturbs this.
- Squirt in a nice amount of dish soap and gently swish.
This spray has been working nicely killing the ants I see. Not to mention this recipe is a lot cheaper to make than to buy those harsh ant killers. Now I just have to work on a nice safe ant bait that some of them will take back to wherever they are coming from. What’s your best ant tip? Just writing about this is making me itch. Ahh!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.