Draw Chalk Lines Around Your House To Repel Ants

Hot weather brings sunshine, fresh air, and, sometimes, ants into your home. If the ants become troublesome later this year, home improvement site DIY Life suggests drawing lines with chalk around the house to keep the ants at bay.

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With some chalk, apparently it's not hard to keep ants away from particular areas of your home without using harsh chemicals.

To keep ants out of your house, draw chalk lines around your doorways and windowsills. Ants won't cross a chalk line. Why? It's not entirely clear, but some say the ants don't like the particles sticking to their feet, while others say they're averse to the calcium carbonate in the chalk. Whatever the reason, this nontoxic solution will keep ants outside where they belong.

It may sound absurd (OK, it does sound absurd), but a quick Google search shows a lot of support for this method. And if that doesn't work, consider other natural remedies like using cucumbers to keep the ants away. Got other nifty tricks for keeping the bugs out of your home? Sound off in the comments.

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    Years ago we had a problem with ants getting into our pantry. Someone told us to try a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton bud just placed on the shelves. It works incredibly well, the only problem is the ants tend to die.

    ah... is that why they draw white lines around murder victims. To prevent ants from destroying the evidence? ;)

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