Although tiny, ghost ants pose plentiful issues and are a burden for any homeowner. These small insects often appear in great numbers both outside and inside the house. Areas next to sugary foods, like kitchens, or places with adequate moisture, like bathrooms, are popular habitats for ants. While you can use insecticides to fight them, these chemicals don’t always work because the queen remains safely secured, continuing to reproduce. Find some of the best home methods to fight ants, including ghost ants, in this guide.
Kill ants and their habitats on contact by spraying them with one of the solutions found below.
Soap and Water
One of the easiest natural methods, soap water kills ants effectively. Mix equal parts dish soap and water, and spray it at points where the ants seem to emerge from.
Mix some salt with warm water, and pour it in a spray bottle. Spray strategic locations such as corners, crevices, and kitchen cabinets. The ants are unable to survive when drenched in the brine and will quickly die. For best results, leave the spray overnight before wiping clean.
Mix some white vinegar with water in a 2-to-1 ratio. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and apply it in the areas where you notice the ants. This mixture will kill the ants within minutes.
Ghost ants have an aversion to cucumber, especially bitter cucumber. Slice some cucumber thinly, and place the pieces liberally in the areas where ants visit. The ants will avoid these spots. Leave the cucumber where placed for a day or two. Once it dries, you can collect and discard it. Repeat the procedure whenever you see new ants.
Turmeric powder is a widely used spice that helps get rid of ants. For best results, apply the powder liberally where the ants have their nests.
Another natural method used to deter or kill ants is using mint. Get some dried mint leaves and crush into a powder. Apply the powder in areas where you normally see the ants. As long as you leave it at the site, the ants will stay away. Grow your own mint for a continuous supply, as you can also use it in your cooking.
Though not a homemade, natural solution, if the above methods fail, you should try using baits before using a chemical ghost-ant killer. A top-rated bait is one that succeeds in getting to the queen. The best baits contain sugars and are slow-acting. Purchase one at the store, and follow the directions. Usually, the product will tell you to place it in a strategic position, where you know the ants will appear. Not only with the ants eat their fill, but also they will carry some of it to their colony.