11 Natural Remedies to get Rid of Ants in Your House

 

Every year, when the weather warms up we have to deal with ant home invasions so I look to natural remedies to get rid of ants. It's best to deal with the situation as soon as you see even one ant marching through your house. This little ant is not just a lost little creature trying to find its way home, it is a scout. A scout sent out to find the easiest access to food for the colony.  If the scout ant is successful in finding a cache of food it will leave a scent trail for other to follow. This is why you will see an "ant train" weaving its way across your floor or counter. 

To successfully rid yourself of this insect invasion first you must wipe out the scent trail to prevent new ants from following the course. Then you have to deter new groups from wanting to explore you house. 

Battling ants can be frustrating and annoying, as they are very persistent little creatures. By using the natural remedies to get rid of ants listed below you will be able to turn back the ant invasion without needing to resort to toxic pesticides that could harm your children or pets. 

 

11 NATURAL REMEDIES TO GET RID OF ANTS

 

borax

 

 1.BORAX


What you will need:
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Borax
  • 1/2 cup Sugar 1 1/2 cups Warm Water
  • Cotton balls
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Jar with a lid
Directions:

1. In a bowl whisk the 1 1/2 Tbs of Borax with the 1/2 cup of sugar, and get rid of any lumps.
2. Whisk in just enough water to create loose paste. Mix until all the power has dissolved.
3. Dip a few cotton balls in the mixture.
4. Place these cotton balls in places where you have seen the ants.
5. Wait. It may take a little while for the ants to find the Borax covered cotton balls. Once they do they will eat the sugary solution and also take it home to their nest. 
6. Store the rest of your Ant killing home remedy in the jar (please label your jar), and store out of the way of children.

 
WHY IT WORKS

Borax contains boric acid which damages the ants outer skeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Most commercial insecticides also use boric acid. Borax is less toxic than other insecticides, but it is still mildly toxic. Please ensure that children and pets do not have access to borax-based ant traps.

 

cinnamon

 

2. CINNAMON


What you will need:
  • Cinnamon
Directions:

1. Once you see a line of ants marching through your house follow it back and find where the are getting into your house. 
2. Sprinkle an unbroken line of cinnamon at the entry point. For additional fighting power, if you can find the next outside sprinkle the nest with cinnamon too.

 
WHY IT WORKS

Cinnamon is a great option for killing ants. When an ant inhales cinnamon, it suffocates and dies. Other natural powders like cayenne or coffee also kills ants through inhalation and suffocation. We like to use cinnamon is because it is not harmful to children and pets. Also the scent of cinnamon disrupts the ants' ability to smell. Since ants rely on smell  to detect food and to leave and send messages back to the colony, this is a bad for the ants. For cinnamon to be the most effective, ants need to take small amounts of cinnamon back to the nest.

 

lemon

 

3. LEMON


What you will need:
Directions:

1. Juice the lemon
2. Remove the zest from the lemon and save. 
3. In the spray bottle mix lemon juice and water.
4. Spray the areas where you see the ants - counters, floors etc, also spray the areas where the ants are getting into you house. 
5. At the points of entry sprinkle the lemon zest.

 
WHY IT WORKS

Ants leave an invisible scent trail to a food source for other ants to follow. This is why you see ants traveling in a single line across your floors and counters.  Lemon juice won't kill the ants, but its smell and acid disrupts the scent trails they leave behind. The next group of ants will not be able to follow the paths left behind, and the citrus smell will discourage them from starting a new one.

  

vinegar

 

4. VINEGAR


What you will need:
  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth
Directions:

1. Mix the water and vinegar together in the spray bottle.
2. Spray and wipe down the  the areas where you see the ants - counters, floors etc, also spray the areas where the ants are getting into your house. 

 
WHY IT WORKS

Like Lemon juice the smell and acid of the vinegar disrupts the scent trails ants leave behind for their friend to follow.

  

diatomaceous_earth

 

5. DIATOMACEOUS EARTH


What you will need:
Directions:

1. Sprinkle a thin amount of diatomaceous earth where ants are seen and where they are entering the house.
2. Repeat each day until the ants are gone. 

 
WHY IT WORKS

Diatomaceous Earth is made up of crushed fossilized skeletons  of marine phytoplankton. When it comes in contact with the ants the jagged and sharp little pieces of Diatomaceous Earth scratches up the insects' bodies then dries up their fluids.  It will hurt insects but is not toxic to mammals.

  

peppermint-oil

 

6. PEPPERMINT OIL


What you will need:
  • 12 Drops Peppermint oil
  • 2 Tbs Witch Hazel
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Spray bottle
Directions:

1. In the spray bottle mix the water, with hazel and peppermint oil. 
2. Gently shake to mix.
3. Spray around the doors and windows, or anywhere the ants are entering your home. 

 
WHY IT WORKS

The smell of the peppermint oil and the witch hazel will eliminate the invisible scent trail left by the ants. It won't kill the ants, but the next group of ants will not be able to find the paths left by the previous ants for them to follow.

 

corn-starch

 

7. CORN STARCH


What you will need:
  • Corn Starch
Directions:

1. Sprinkle corn starch around where you see the ants.

 
WHY IT WORKS

Ants are attracted to cornstarch and they will try to eat it. But ants are unable to digest cornstarch so they starve and die.

 

castile-soap

 

8. CASTILE SOAP (Peppermint)


What you will need:
Directions:

1. In the spray bottle mix the water, with castile peppermint soap. 
2. Gently shake to mix.
2. Spray around the doors and windows, or anywhere the ants are entering your home. 

 
WHY IT WORKS

The soap will dissolve the ants exterior wax coating killing them on contact.

 

baking-soda

 

9. POWDERED SUGAR AND BAKING SODA


What you will need:
  • 1 part powdered sugar
  • 1 part baking soda
  • Small shallow container (such as jar lids)
Directions:

1. Combine the 1 part powdered sugar with 1 part baking soda.
2. Place the mixture in the small containers.
2. Place these ants trays where you see the ants. 

 
WHY IT WORKS

The ants are attracted to the sugar. But they cannot tell the difference between the sugar and the baking soda. Once they eat the baking soda it will react with their stomach acids and kill them.

  

chalk

 

10. CHALK


What you will need:
  • Chalk
Directions:

1. Use the chalk  to draw/make an unbroken barrier lines around doors and windows. Draw lines anywhere ants are getting in to your house.  

 
WHY IT WORKS

Ants will not cross a chalk line. The fine chalk powder will stick to their feet and clog their pores. This hurts the ants and deters them.

 

peanut-butter

 

11. PEANUT BUTTER AND BORAX


What you will need:
  • 1 part Peanut Butter
  • 1 part Borax
  • Straw
  • Scissors
  • Small bowl
Directions:

1. In the bowl mix the 1 part peanut butter and the 1 part borax
2. Repeatedly stick the end of the straw into the mixture, filling up the straw.
2. Cut the straw in to 1 inch pieces. Place these ant traps in the places you see the ants.

 
WHY IT WORKS

Ants are attracted to the peanut butter and accidentally eat the borax too. The borax poisons them and they die. 

 

Did these Natural Remedies for getting rid of ants help you, or did you find a better solution? Let us know in the comments, we are always looking for feedback or new recipes to try.

2 thoughts on “11 Natural Remedies to get Rid of Ants in Your House

  1. Do you have any natural remedies for keeping June Bugs away? June is coming and I know they are waiting for me and my hair

    1. June bugs are definitely an annoyance around our house too. You can try making a night time june bug trap. Outside set up a small flashlight to shine on a pan of soapy water. This will attract them to the water where they will get caught and drown. They will be attracted to the strongest light source so keep outside light turned off so that the trap is more enticing. I hope this helps.

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