Home hacks: How to rid your home of ants

Ants are a common household pests, and they can definitely get quite annoying if you can't seem to solve the root of the problem - exterminate all of them from your home!

You cannot spray insecticide because there is food all around, then what do you do?

Try the following:

Orange oil

A brand of orange oil, made from cold-pressed oil from orange peel, is good at getting rid of ants. 

This oil can also be used to remove sticky residue from labels and such, and as an air freshener.

Aside from orange oil, which is hard to find here, a mixture of dish detergent, water and an orange peel, will do the trick.

A direct hit of this mixture will kill the ants and prevent more from following in their tracks.

You simply put one teaspoon of liquid dish soap into a spray bottle and fill it with water. Then add an orange peel into the spray bottle.

Coffee grounds

Just empty used coffee grounds on ant hills and around the perimeter of your house. Do this every year as a preventive measure.

Another thing you can do is to build an ant barrier. Pour cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, chilli or - believe it or not - talcum powder in a thin line around areas where you see ants appearing.

The appearance of ants also indicates proper cleaning of the kitchen is needed. Wipe down the counters, do not leave food out and keep sugary food - and, in fact, all types of food - well-sealed.

As for the ant infestation of a sugar jar, microwave the whole open jar for just a minute, which will kill the ants but not melt the sugar. It's easy to pick out the dead critters afterwards.

(Adapted from Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)