You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. What kills ants from your fruit bowl? Well, use lemons; they’re more powerful than you’d realize. Here’s how to get rid of ants with the lemon treatment: First, squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell. Also try one of these other 8 guaranteed ways to bug-proof your kitchen.
Get rid of the ants in your garden, on your patio, and along the foundation of your home. In a blender, make a smooth puree of a few orange peels in 1 cup warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to send the little pests packing. And to get rid of another pest, grab these 8 trusted mosquito-repellant products next time you go shopping.
Two or three of your annual summer visitors have invaded your kitchen. Those ants are looking for sugar. Here’s what kills ants: Give them some pepper instead. Cayenne pepper sprinkled in spots where the ants are looking, such as along the backs of your countertops or on your baseboards, will tell them that no sugar is ahead. If you find the ants’ home colony a little too close to yours and it’s causing them to relocate to your kitchen, cayenne pepper can help get rid of it. Pour the pepper down the ant hole and say so long to ants.