Just when I thought I’d start my Spring clean with my trusty eco friendly, green products, I have been bombarded with ants. Not any old ants but flying ants! These basically look like flies so having them fly around seems dirtier and much more bothersome than your usual ants ( I know these can be a nightmare too).
Well, because I’m 6 months pregnant and because I keep a non-toxic home anyway, I have refused to use ant powder or any other poisonous method. Life is never simple!
Instead my 5 year old daughter and I sprinkled chilli flakes, cinnamon and black pepper as they don’t like anything spicy and won’t cross the line. Unfortunately, I am allergic to citrus and vinegar but you can use both of these to deter the beats too. Don’t like either of them and it’s easy to wipe down your surfaces with vinegar (a good natural cleaner) to get rid of them.
Many ants have a natural aversion to cucumber peel, bay leaves and garlic too. You probably don’t need to use all the above, we got carried away!!! My husband came home to find my daughter fully entertained and giggling away as if it was a magic spell. Whatever you can find in your fridge or spice cupboard should do the trick!
The most important places are the entry points so try to find these and put your deterrents there, before they drive you crazy.
Today I am delighted to say that as I approached the kitchen cautiously, with hoover in hand (we hoover them up as soon as we see them) there were none to be seen! We all cheered with delight and ate our breakfast in peace.
However, as I sighed with relief I got a text from a friend saying she had to cancel seeing me as she has been bitten 100 times (no exaggeration apparently)!!!
She woke up bitten from head to toe after a night of sleeping with the window open and has had no choice but to take antibiotics and use steroid cream. I am a believer in ‘prevention is better than cure’ so I’ll be spraying my body in natural insect repellent tonight. Either use some citronella oil if you have it at home or I love Buzz Away Spray. It contains all natural ingredients and is reasonably priced at around £6. Click here to find out more.