by Doris Donnerman
(last updated July 26, 2008)
While you can use insecticides and pesticides to rid your home of ants, you can also control them with chemical-free products. Before using any product to get rid of ants, keep in mind that there are three things you must do to deter ants from entering your home in the first place:
Since ants find it nearly impossible to cross sticky substances, use petroleum jelly as a barrier. Buy several large containers of Vaseline and, using a Q-Tip or your finger, smear the jelly around the cracks of each window of your house. Make certain that you use the jelly on the inside as well as the outside of each window. Spread the jelly all around door jambs, on thresholds, in foundation cracks, and anywhere you've seen ants trailing into or out of your house.
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