Getting Rid of Ants: Home Remedies
Every year, I seem to look in the same places and I see the same little creatures wreaking havoc on the house. Of course, they are just tiny ants, but a few ants can add up to a LOT of ants since they have a lot of buddies! Over the years, I’ve tried many different remedies for getting rid of ants and my favorite is always the home remedies. Since we have dogs running around, I always have to try the home remedies first, and then move on to the chemicals if needed. I also keep an eye out for ants around the pet food bowls since ants seem to love pet food.
If you’re like me and need to get rid of the ants in your home, these tips are for you! Getting rid of ants: home remedies, are way easier than you ever thought possible!
Getting Rid of Ants: Home Remedies
- Vinegar: Ants hate the smell of vinegar. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray wherever you see ants. Look for cracks in the cement around doorways since ants tend to use those as pathways to home entry.
- Lemon juice: Just like vinegar, lemon juice can also deter ants. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto areas where ants are present. It’s proven to be a good ant repellant.
- Cinnamon: Sprinkle cinnamon around your home to repel ants. You can also make a solution by mixing cinnamon powder with water and spraying it on ant trails.
- Peppermint: Ants don’t like the smell of peppermint. You can use peppermint essential oil or fresh peppermint leaves to keep ants at bay. Drops of peppermint: You can add small drops of peppermint at access points to help get rid of ant pest problems.
- Borax: Mix equal parts of borax and sugar and sprinkle it around areas where you see ants. The sugar will attract the ants, while the borax will kill them.
- Diatomaceous earth: This fine powder is made from the fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms. Sprinkle it around areas where you see ants. The particles will stick to the ants and absorb moisture from their exoskeletons, eventually killing them.
- Bay leaves Place bay leaves in cabinets, drawers, and on windowsills to repel ants.
- Chalk: Draw a line with chalk across an ant trail. Ants won’t cross the line because the chalk powder interferes with their sense of smell.
- Coffee grounds: Scatter used coffee grounds around the perimeter of your home or in areas where you see ants. The strong smell will deter them.
- Cornmeal: Ants can’t digest cornmeal, so sprinkle it around areas where ants are present. They will eat it and eventually die.
- White vinegar and baking soda: Mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda and pour the mixture down ant holes. The fizzing action will kill the ants.
- Essential oils: In addition to peppermint oil, other essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus, and lavender can also repel ants. Mix a few drops of essential oil with water and spray on ant trails.
- Boiling water: Pour boiling water down ant holes to kill ants and destroy their nests.
- Cucumber peels: Place cucumber peels around areas where you see ants. The natural compounds in cucumbers repel ants.
- Soap solution: Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with water and spray on ant trails. The soap will disrupt their pheromone scent trails and make it difficult for them to find their way.
- Orange peel: Just like cucumber peels, orange peels also contain compounds that repel ants. Place orange peels around areas where you see ants.
- Baking soda and powdered sugar: Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar and sprinkle it around areas where you see ants. The sugar will attract the ants, while the baking soda will kill them. You can also use this recipe to make ant traps in small bowls. Place the trap as bait where you’ve seen ants, they’ll climb into the bowl and eat the mixture and die.
- Baby powder: Sprinkle the baby powder around areas where ants are present. The powder will clog their breathing pores and eventually kill them.
- Cloves: Place whole cloves in areas where ants are present. The strong smell will be a deterrent for them.
- Mint tea: Brew a strong pot of mint tea and spray it around areas where you see ants. The strong scent of mint will repel ants.
- Salt: Sprinkle salt around doors and windows to create a barrier that ants cannot cross.
- Block off the entry points in which they’re coming: An ant infestation starts with an entry point and from there they find a food source.
- Boric acid: Another way to get rid of an ant problem is to use boric acid!
- Spread cayenne pepper: You guessed it, ants don’t like cayenne pepper, so make sure you sprinkle plenty of it.
What are some common household items that can be used to repel ants?
Some common household items that can be used to repel ants include vinegar, lemon and other juices, cinnamon and cinnamon oil, peppermint, borax, diatomaceous earth, bay leaves, chalk, coffee grounds, cornmeal, white vinegar and baking soda, essential oils, cucumber peels, baby powder, cloves, mint tea, and salt.
How do I use these home remedies to get rid of ants?
Home remedies can be used in different ways to get rid of ants. For example, you can mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on ant trails or nests. Or, you can sprinkle cinnamon around areas where ants are present. You can also combine different home remedies to create more effective solutions.
Are these home remedies safe to use around pets and children?
Most of these home remedies are safe to use around pets and children, but it is always important to exercise caution and keep them out of reach of children and pets. Some remedies like peppermint oil and coffee grounds should be used in moderation and diluted with water to avoid any adverse effects.
How long does it take for home remedies to work?
The effectiveness of home remedies varies depending on the severity of the ant infestation and the type of remedy used. Some remedies like vinegar and boiling water can work almost instantly, while others like borax and diatomaceous earth may take a few days to show results.
Can home remedies be used as a long-term solution for ant problems?
Home remedies can be effective as a short-term solution for ant problems, but they may not provide a long-term solution. It is important to identify and eliminate the source of the ant infestation to prevent future problems. Hiring professional exterminators who provide pest control services may be necessary for severe infestations.
List of What NOT To Use For Getting Rid of Ants
There are some home remedies for getting rid of ants that you should avoid using, as they can be harmful to people and pets:
- Gasoline – Pouring gasoline on an ant hill is not only ineffective, but it is also extremely dangerous as it is highly flammable. Not that I think anyone would be weird enough to try this one, you just never know.
- Bleach – While bleach can kill ants, it’s toxic and can pose a danger to humans and pets if ingested or inhaled.
- Pesticides – Many pesticides contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous to people and pets. They can also harm the environment and other beneficial insects. Let a professional exterminator work their magic if chemicals need to be used.
- Hot pepper – Sprinkling hot pepper around your home may deter ants, but it can also cause irritation and discomfort to humans and pets. Just make sure the hot pepper is out of the way of any pets or kids!
It’s always best to use natural and safe home remedies when trying to get rid of ants and to avoid using any methods that could be harmful to people, pets, or the environment.
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Getting rid of ants: home remedies are a lot easier than you probably thought. Most of these items you may even have around the house. Find what you have and use that to see if helps with the ant problems. If the ant problem is a battle that we have to fight every single year, then we might as well all have the right tools to help with it! I really hope these tips help everyone as they have helped me and my family. May God Bless this World, Linda
6 thoughts on “Getting Rid of Ants: Home Remedies”
Being in this home for 15 years now, I have had ants only 3 times.
Always from under the house. All three doorways, patio/front/kitchen (but not storage room off attached garage??).
I sprinkle diatomaceous earth at night; next morning, not a sign of an ant. Just vacuum!!!
Hi Judy, I love diatomaceous earth, love it!! It works for so many things! Linda
This time of year I get a few tiny ants. I live in an apartment, so it is difficult to determine where they come in. I don’t have pets so using sprays and other chemicals is not an issue there but, I cannot tolerate the smell of those sprays and chemicals. So, I have tried just about every home remedy you have listed, Linda. Peppermint appears to work the best for me! Unfortunately, it only works for a little while and the ants come back every time. I have found a commercial spray that says it is safe around pets and children: Raid Ant and Roach Killer but it is made with lemongrass. It has a fairly pleasant scent. Or at least not as noxious as others.
Hi Leanne, I hear you on the noxious smells! I have a spray that has no smell and is safe for pets. We only have to spray once and those darn ants are gone! My son-in-law has it, and I just spray away! Linda
if you need a “kill them immediately” for the kitchen areas – your regular spray cleaners will do the job – the chems will not only kill em’ – the bodies will desiccate ….
Hi Illini, I agree, we have to take care of them immediately before they “grow” their family! Good one! Linda