How to prevent ants from damaging your granite countertop?

Finally, the warm weather is here and with the first rays of sun pests come crawling out of their holes. You may have noticed strange presence at your granite countertop, especially if you have uba tuba granite installed.

Ants are one of the most common pests that invade our homes, and they can be tough to get rid of.

It’s challenging to determine where their nest is located, and the use of pesticide should be your last resort. However, if you want to prevent the ants from damaging your countertops and walls, then we have a couple of tips you may find beneficial.

Chemical solution

This is sort of a DIY project you can perform at your home. Considering the kitchen counter is one of the most common places where you’ll find ants, you need to apply a non-toxic method. You don’t want to use the ant spay when food is involved.

First of all, remove all the dishes, food, and leftovers from the countertop and throw out the bread crumbs. For this purpose, you can combine one tablespoon of dish soap and a full spray bottle of water.

Spay the ants and wait a couple of minutes before you wipe the surface. This won’t solve a problem, but, it will keep the counters clean so that you can take care of a bigger problem. 

Use spices and herbs

Once you determine the point where ants are entering, scatter some ground cinnamon. However, don’t focus only on the entry point, but also windows, doorways, and edges of your counter. The cinnamon scent is a powerful ant repellent. On top of that, it will give your kitchen a spicy fragrance as well.

Other spices such as chili pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic, and mint are a great way to exterminate these pests.

Seal the entryways

You should seal any cracks with caulk. These cracks might be more common near doors, windows, and counter. However, by using the caulk, you can cut off the ants’ entryways, while managing the better temperature regulation at your home.

To effectively seal the whole put the caulking tip into the hole and start filling it with caulk. When the caulk begins to overflow from the crack, it means that opening is loaded and no longer has the open space. This is a non-toxic option, which is suitable for families with kids and pets.

Spray the granite countertop with vinegar mixture

Vinegar is a common ant repellant. First all, clean off the countertops and then spray it with vinegar. You may have to repeat this step a couple of day in a row to stop the ants from appearing.

On the other hand, depending on the type of granite you use, vinegar might damage the surface if it’s left for too long. So, instead of spraying the vinegar only, you can mix it with water because the smell itself will be enough to reject these stubborn pests.