Ants, those tiny but annoying pests, are capable of invading the most unusual spaces. We can see them walking unceasingly about everywhere, but when they have found their way to invade our car, they become a rather unpleasant surprise. Getting rid of them is not an easy task, but with patience and determination, you will certainly be able to succeed.
The car is one of the most challenging places to get rid of pesky ants because of the many nooks, crannies and small spaces that provide the perfect hiding place for ants to reproduce. The most important thing is to take immediate action and not to allow them to establish their colony inside because once established, it will be even more difficult getting rid of them.
Since it is such a closed and reduced space, the use of insecticides is not recommended in these cases, since the chemicals can be absorbed by fabrics and carpets remaining in your car for a longer time, which can significantly affect your health. For this reason, it is preferable to use natural ants home remedies that do not represent any harm to your health.
Here are some tips that can help you get rid of ants from car:
Clean Your Car
The first step is to give your car a good cleaning. Ants spend most of their time looking for food, and once they do it they will make it the ideal place to settle. So be sure to clean your car thoroughly. You’ll need to get rid of all kinds of trash and food wrappers. If possible, vacuum your car to make sure there are no food crumbs, dirt, or any other left-overs that could be attracting ants. Make sure to vacuum and clean your car’s carpets, seats, armrests, and any other hidden places thoroughly.
Many household remedies can also be used inside our car. Besides being harmless to our health, they also help us get effectively rid of ants and provide a pleasant aroma to our car’s interior.
Vinegar and Lemon
To achieve good results, you can spray the interior of your car with a solution of vinegar and water. You may use a solution of lemon and water if you prefer. Both vinegar and lemon help to eliminate odors left by ant trails from surfaces, leaving a pleasant aroma. You can also use this mixture to clean cup holders and any other surfaces.
You can make a homemade repellent to clean the areas that are usually inhabited by ants. In a bottle, add 250 ml of dishwashing soap and 20 ml of pennyroyal, cinnamon, tea oil, citronella, and vinegar. Mix well all the ingredients and dilute 3 tablespoons of this repellent with two glasses of water. You can use this mixture or any other essential oil repellent to spray your car’s tires, as they certainly are the point through which ants are gaining access to the interior of your car.
Another way to repel ants is to soak small cotton balls in essential oils like cinnamon, eucalyptus or mint, and hide them in small places or under rugs. Cinnamon, mint, and eucalyptus will help eliminate odors and will keep ants from returning, as these insects do not tolerate strong scents.
Pepper or Diatomaceous Earth
Black pepper, Cayenne pepper, and Diatomaceous Earth are irritating agents and can be very noxious to ants. They affect their exoskeleton. To use them effectively, you can sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth, Black pepper or Cayenne pepper onto carpets.
Prevent Ants from Returning to Your Car
Avoid eating food inside your car as this can scatter crumbs on carpets or seats that are easy for ants to find. Ants can easily track down any trace of food, no matter how small it may be. Don’t let garbage accumulate inside your car. Make it a habit to remove any papers and wrappers by the end of the day. Clean the interior of your car frequently to remove dirt, debris, and odors that attract ants. Another useful tip is to check surrounding areas or garage areas for ant hills or colonies, as this significantly increases the likelihood that ants will gain access to your car.