Here's a spice that could help you eliminate ants forever

If you don’t like the idea of spraying ants with nasty pesticides, you’re in luck, there are natural alternatives to get rid of the pesky little buggers.

WikiHow reports on solutions for ant problems. There are a few products hiding in your pantry that can help you fight an ant invasion in your home.

These methods might not kill the ants, but it will stop them in their tracks and they will go elsewhere instead of using your home as a restaurant.

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Ants use scent paths to find their way to the food source from their anthill home. Your best defense against them is to confuse their scent reciprocators by sprinkling or spraying strong-smelling materials around your home.

One of the best anti-ant products is cinnamon. You can use it in various forms – powder, oil, or sticks. If you are using the powder or created a spray with oil, search for the spots where the ants usually enter your home.

This also works great around pet food. Make sure you create a barrier all the way around, ants are clever little critters, they will keep looking for an opening in your cinnamon barricade. You can mix cinnamon essential oil with water to create a spray barrier.

It's great to know you can fight ants with products from your pantry!

An easy way to apply the cinnamon is with an earbud. Make sure you create a continuous line along the usual path the ants follow to enter your home.

You can also dip an earbud in your essential oil mixture. There are a few other essential oils you can also use. Tea tree, peppermint, and citrus. Cloves will also work. Use only a few drops of oil in a cup of water.

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For your mixture use a quarter cup of water and a quarter cup of Vodka. The Vodka helps to mix in the essential oils better. Otherwise just use double the amount of water and shake very well before you start spraying.

You can also simply put cinnamon sticks close to the entrance spots you’ve found. These you can simply buy at your local grocery store’s spice section.

Another great natural ant repellant is white vinegar. Again, it’s the smell they don’t like, it confuses them to the point of not returning to your home.

Use it to spray on counters after you’ve wiped them down. Not only will it keep the ants away, but it’s also a great cleaning agent as well. You can also spray it directly onto the ants to kill them.

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You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth.

It’s a great non-toxic option to keep ants away. Just make sure you buy the food-safe type, not the one used in pool filters. Simply sprinkle it around the ant entrances you’ve found.

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Try spreading out bay leaves. This is an ant deterrent remedy that has been used for many years.

You should be able to buy the leaves in the spice aisle of your grocery store. All you need to do is spread the leaves out where you see ants snooping around.

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Lastly, try to kill the ants at the source. When you spot an anthill in your garden, pour boiling water into the holes. Make sure you are very careful when doing this, the water or steam can easily burn you.

You won’t be able to kill them all, but you will be able to make a dent in the number of ants invading your home. Use about three gallons (eleven liters) of boiling water for each anthill.

The good thing about these methods is that the ants won't die -something nice for insects lovers-, they'll just leave. 

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