HOW TO USE CINNAMON OIL FOR BLACK ANTS
Step 1 - Before you wipe down the ants, first follow the ant trail and find out where they are coming from. This is usually from underneath baseboards, from behind kitchen cupboards, a window or door. Once you find the entry point spray a squirt of 100% cinnamon Oil at the entry point. Look for any cracks on the walls and spray these areas too. This will block more ants from coming in.
Step 2 - Mix 1% Cinnamon Leaf Oil with 99% water in a fine spray mister bottle and wipe down the ant trails quickly starting from the entry point to their final destination.
Step 3 - Vacuum the whole house. If you snack in your bed, home office desk and the computer keyboard or sofa, chances are there are food particles, which attract ants. Kitchen cupboards often have spilled food like syrup. Clean and vacuum these areas. A hand held mini vacuum is always useful.
Step 4 - Spray the diluted cinnamon oil and wipe down with a wet micro fiber cloth all Kitchen cupboards, tables, counter tops, coffee tables or anywhere there has been food. This will eliminate any lingering food smells.
Step 5 - Dip 100% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil with a Q tip and mark the inside perimeter of the house with 100% Cinnamon Leaf Oil. A thin line of cinnamon oil will do but make sure it is an unbroken line. Ants will not cross the cinnamon oil line but they will find any weaknesses in your defense and go around. That means all around your baseboards, doors ways, windows or any other entry point into the house.
Spray and wipe down down your garbage can with diluted Cinnamon Oil. It get's rid of odors and prevents ants from climbing into your trash to look for food. You can also mark the perimeter of your trash can with a Q-tip dipped in 100% Cinnamon oil.
As with all things ultra pure & concentrated, Cinnamon Oil should be diluted to 1% so it won't irritate your skin or if you are spraying it on food like fruits.
Wear gloves when you handle concentrated Cinnamon Oil. It's hot like Chili powder so if you get it on your hand in concentrated form it will start irritating your skin like the sensation you get with Chili powder.
Wash you hands with soap and water if you touch the concentrated oil. And don't touch your genitalia (guys take note). We forgot to wash hands and were hopping around for a while.
The smell of our pure Cinnamon Oil is concentrated and extremely powerful. Avoid smelling it directly when undiluted because you can become a bit light headed by the power of it. In some people the heart rate can go up so it is important that you dilute it before smelling it.
Pregnant women should not eat or smell cinnamon, especially the oil as it may cause premature uterine contractions
ABOUT BLACK ANTS
Blacks ants are common in dry areas or where there is sandy soil. They are approximately .06 inches long and can be a real nuisance. Their stings are mild but technically they can still contaminate your food and transmit disease. They love anything sugary, nectars, flies, dead roaches, small insects and fruit.
Although they are mostly black in color, some can be a light brown color. Black ants are social creatures, living in colonies of Queens, males, larvae and infertile female worker ants. When a Queen brings her colony into a house, the infestation is mostly annoying and does not usually represent a health threat. But you should get rid of them because they get into food and ruin it.
BEST PRACTISES TO CONTROL BLACK ANTS
- Clean and put away all food in tight containers
- Wipe down countertops, cupboards floors with Cinnamon Oil
- Use a micro fiber cloth to wipe down embedded food
- Do not leave dirty dishes with water in the sink
- Empty your trash can every night or at least mark the perimeter of the trash with a Q dipped in n100% cinnamon oil
- Spray Cinnamon Oil in water filled flower vases
- Spray entry points such as doors, windows and cracks with Cinnamon
- Try to trace the ants to the source and spray nest
About Carpenter Ants
It is the larger black ants, also called carpenter ants that represent a serious problem. They nest above ground in cavities and can destroy the materials (structural wood, insulation, sheathing and so forth) that surround their nests. Thousands of dollars in damage can be caused by a single carpenter ant nest as it grows. Usually they forage outside the house for food and water. However during late winter and early spring they can come into your living space, looking food since an outside source of food is not available at these times. They are scavengers and predators who will take whatever food they can find.
Best practices to control Carpenter Ants
1. Regular Inspections - Inspect the exterior of your whole house (including roof) regularly especially during the warm months, Look for ants moving around in a single file and trace it back to the origin.
2. Remove Plants - Do not put plants against the exterior walls of the house. It should be at least 12 inches away as ants can use plants as a bridge to jump over any perimeter treatments.
3. Clean Crawl Space - Keep the crawl space under your house clean and free of any debris so it is easy to check and does not create any nooks and crannies that ants can build colonies under. Block off any entry points so animals don't get in, die and offer plenty of food for the ants.
4. Regular Perimeter Treatment - Spray the Cinnamon Oil where the house siding overlaps the foundation.
To date we have only used Cinnamon Leaf Oil to control only black house ants and the larger black carpenter ants. We have not tried it with red ants. It is certainly worth a try. But since it's outside, a commercial bait is a good risk, unless of course you have children who will play on the soil that you will put the bait on.