You might be tempted to make use of strong chemicals whenever you see ants crawling on doors, windows or bed linen. But keep in mind that these chemicals may be harmful to you and the environment. There are various ant species and it can help if you know which species you are dealing with. If you have carpenter ants, then see our guide to getting rid of carpenter ants and likewise, for sugar ants see here. If you don’t know which ant species has invaded the home, then here are several home remedies to ward off all types of these sneaky critters. Use these remedies before ants dominate your entire house and spoil your foodstuff.
1. Keep Your House Clean
The smell of food attracts ants towards your house. Remove all the food crumbs and sources from your kitchen. Keep the containers of sugar, syrup, and honey tightly sealed. Also, clean cabinets, countertops and floors regularly.
2. Dish Soap
Take dish soap and water in 1:2 ratio and fill it in a bottle. Shake it well to make the solution. Spray this mixture over ants. The ants will suffocate or halt. Wipe up these dead ants with a wet cloth.
3. White Vinegar
You can make a natural pesticide by mixing vinegar and water in equal parts. Store this solution in a spray bottle. Sprinkle it directly on the ants to kill them. Use damp paper towel to wipe them up. If you have been stung by fire ants, then vinegar is an excellent home remedy as it neutralizes the alkaline venom.
- Spray this natural pesticide as a restraint, around your doorways, windowsills and other places where you find ants. You can clean windows, floors and counterparts with this solution. This excellent household cleaner makes ants less likely to crawl over these surfaces.
4. Lemon Juice
Combine 1 part of lemon juice with 3 parts of water. Mix well. Spray this solution onto the ants’ line or around the perimeter of your house.
5. Boric Acid
Take boric acid powder and sprinkle it in the areas like window sills, baseboards or common areas where you observe ants. When ants ingest boric acid, they die as it damages their exoskeleton and poison their stomach.
Note – Keep it away from the children and pets.
6. Dish Soap
Take a small amount of baking soda and dish soap. Combine them to make a solution. Spread the solution in the ant infested areas.
7. Black Pepper
It is a safe and poison-free way to get rid of ants. Sprinkle black pepper in your cabinets, windowsills, around the food, and near your pets to drive the ants away.
8. Peanut Butter and Borax
Prepare a mixture by combining 1 tsp each of sugar, peanut butter and borax. Fill a bowl with this mixture. Place it next to ant trails to get rid of them quickly.
9. Essential Oils
Ants hate the smell of essential oils. Add 10 drops of essential oil to one cup of water and spray the solution where you see ants. Or else, pour a few drops of oil on the cotton ball and place them in the areas invaded by ants.
Note – You can use a variety of essential oils such as cedar oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and lemon oil.
10. Red Chili Powder
Add a little amount of water with red chilli powder to prepare a paste. Use this paste to prevent ants from entering into your house. Alternatively, sprinkle chilli powder directly in the areas from where the ants are coming.
11. Cream of Wheat
Prepare a cream of wheat and place it where ants can access it easily. Ants can’t digest it so they will die. The wheat cream expands in the stomach of ant resulting in its death.
12. Make a Line
Usually, ants hate some natural substances and their smell. They don’t go near these substances. You can make a line from these substances around the perimeter of your house or the places where you observe ants. You can create a line using ground orange or lemon peels, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon.
- You can also use some other defensive barriers including a line of powdered charcoal, cinnamon, turmeric, citrus oil, powdered cleanser, desiccating dusts like silica aerogel or diatomaceous earth.
13. Petroleum Jelly
Spread some petroleum jelly on thresholds, around doors and cracks of each window. It creates obstacles for the ants, and they won’t be able to cross this sticky substance. It is one of the easiest ways to drive out ants.
You can use caulk to seal any crack, hole or gap through which the ants crawl. Caulking is one of the least risky methods to get rid of ants.
Note: You can also seal off all the entrance area using glue, poster tack, plaster, putty and silicone caulk.
15. Salt and Talc
Spread salt and talc on walls, windows and doors. You can use baby powder or tailor’s chalk to make hassle for ants.
Note: Wear a mask while using any form of talc.
16. Landscape Buffer
Sometimes ants enter your home through overhanging tree or nearby shrubs. You can prevent their entry by creating a plant-free and dry border. You can also trim the overhanging tree that touches your home.
17. Rubbing Alcohol
Fill a spray bottle with water. Mix 1½ tsp of dish soap and 1 tsp of rubbing alcohol in it. Shake it well. Spray it onto the ants or over the areas from where the ants enter your home.
18. Camphor Oil
To prepare homemade ant killer, take camphor oil and denatured alcohol in 1:9 ratio and prepare a mixture. Pour this mixture over the anthill in order to kill them.
19. Use Fragrant Deterrents
Ants hate some fragrances including camphor, peppermint and garlic. You can spread the crushed mint leaves near the entrance area. Alternatively, grow mint or lavender in your garden. Crushed cloves and garlic also keep the ants away from your home.
Sprinkle Splenda over ant trail to kill them in a natural manner.
21. Make Your Own Bait
Pour 1 tsp of maple syrup in a saucer. Place this saucer where you find ants. Sprinkle boric acid around the saucer. When ants walk through the boric acid to get to the syrup, they ingest boric acid too. Boric acid is a stomach poison which kills the ants.
Note: Keep this bait away from your children and pets.
Cornmeal acts as a natural ant killer. Use cornmeal as food against ants. The ants eat cornmeal, but they cannot digest it.
23. Coffee Grounds
Sprinkle coffee grounds on the anthills. Ants will carry it and try to eat it, but they are susceptible to caffeine.
You can draw a line using chalk around the entrance of your home. You can also spread chalk powder around anthills to keep them away from your home.
Spread flour on the doors, cabinets, pantry shelves or at the entry point from where ants make their entry. Ants will not cross over the flour line as they dislike flour.
Add 1 cup of warm water to powdered orange peels. Mix them well and pour the solution over the anthills. The method helps get rid of ants on your patio and garden.
- Keep your home clean.
- Sweep and mop your floor twice a day.
- Keep your edibles in tightly packed plastic containers.
- Don’t leave the food uncovered in the kitchen
- Avoid moisture in your kitchen, cabinets, countertops and floors.