6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants using Safe Home Remedies

Is there a trail of ants wandering the floor? Try these six natural home remedies to safely get rid of ants found in the kitchen and other areas of the house.

How to Get Rid of Ants

How to Get Rid of Ants

1. Sprinkle Cinnamon Next to Ant Entry Points
Cinnamon could act as a natural repellent against ants because of the presence of toxins like Cinnamaldehyde. Sprinkle a good amount of cinnamon next to common entry points to deter the ants from entering your home.

2. Spray Vinegar Along Entry Points
Like cinnamon, vinegar can also act as a natural deterrent against ants. The smell of vinegar could affect the behaviors of ants by blocking the traces of pheromones that ants leave behind as a form of communication.

You can mix one part water and one part vinegar (e.g. apple cider vinegar) to create a solution that can be sprayed on common ant entry points and ant trails.

Ant Control Tips

3. Create a Bait Trap using Borax
Borax can kill ants by interfering with their digestive system. Mix one part borax with three part sugar then put the resulting mixture in a tiny container. Next, place the container next to the areas at home where ants frequent, such as the kitchen floor.

If all goes to plan, the worker ants will take the borax killer back to the colony and this should result in the eventual demise of the queen and the rest of the ants. Borax doesn’t kill the ants immediately so be sure to give it a couple of weeks.

4. Apply Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
This white powder could be thought of as a hidden gem in the world of pest control. Sprinkle some food-grade diatomaceous earth on areas where the ants are present. This natural powder will eventually kill the ants by piercing their exoskeletons.

5. Sprinkle Cornmeal near Ants
Ants treat cornmeal as food. Unfortunately for them, cornmeal is not something that ants can easily digest. Ants that consume cornmeal may starve to death due to the digestion issues. You could also try using grits if cornmeal isn’t available.

6. Clean Your Home
Ants are most likely entering your home due to the presence of accessible food. Getting rid of ants may be as simple as cleaning and organizing your home. Be sure to give the floor a good sweep and make sure the food and ingredients and sealed tightly in containers.

Where Do Ants Hide in Your House?

According to a survey by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), ants are likely to hide in the following areas of your home.

Where do Ants Hide at Home

Common ant hot spots could include the inside walls of a home, bathroom, kitchen, air conditioners, and heating units.

What Attracts Ants to Enter Your Home?

The most effective remedy for dealing with any pests, including ants, is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. There are typically three reasons why ants enter your home. Knowing these factors may help you identify the source of the ant infestation problem.

Food – ants require a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in their diet. One cool fact about ants is their sense of smell. According to researchers at Vanderbilt, ants have 4 or 5 times more odor receptors than many other bugs. If there’s food waste or leftovers in the open then you are leaving your house vulnerable to an ant infestation.

Water – like all living things, ants require water to survive. Ants can get their fix of water from a number of sources such as from their food or from a tiny puddle of water. Check the toilet and kitchen for potential leaks.

Shelter – ants may seek shelter indoors in the event of bad weather such as heavy rainfall and flooding. You can never fully seal-proof your home but it could still be immensely helpful to identify and fix major cracks or crevices along the wall.

Other Common House Pests

Be sure to check out our pest control tips on other common pests like fruit flies and cockroaches. Just like with dealing with ants, these pests can be taken care of using natural home remedies.

Last Modified on February 6, 2018 -