How to Get Rid of Ants in the House Naturally: 10 Easy Ways
Do you have many problems with ants in your home? Then you probably know an ant infestation can happen in your house in a matter of hours. Quite a nuisance, but how do you fight these ants without using chemicals? Before you go for a harmful ant poison, try these 10 natural ways to get rid of ants, check the infographic and full descriptions below:
NATURAL ANT KILLER OR NATURAL ANT REPELLENT?
To combat ants, you do not always have to buy an anti-ant product. In fact, you may not know it yet, but you probably have the perfect home remedy for ants in your house. Read below how you fight ants with simple, non-chemical home remedies.
The first four are aimed at removing the entire ant nest from the surroundings of your house.
If you just want to keep them out of your house and don’t mind an anthill outside, check tips number 5 to 10. And if you don’t want to use an ant killer, I also included some karma-friendly solutions.
1. Move the Anthill
The ants that come into your home, usually inhabit an ant nest nearby your house. Re-locating an anthill is very animal friendly but quite a chore! You need to know exactly where the ants' nest is located. Then with a shovel, you can scoop it out of the ground and place it somewhere else. And no, not in the garden of your annoying neighbor.
2. Citrus Mix
Put the peel of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime or orange with some water in a blender. Blend everything until you have a liquid citrus mix. Pour this mix into the anthill.
3. Boiling Water
Using boiling water is cruel, but by far my best way to get rid of ants. Add some dish soap to a container with hot boiled water. Pour the water on the anthill. The nest of ants could be very deep, so you will have to repeat this several times a day, and several days in succession. The survived ants will find their nest no longer safe and set off to re-build it somewhere else.
4. Feed The Ants Yeast or Baking Powder
Most ants love sweets. Add something sweet, such as honey, jam or syrup in a bowl. Mix a little water and yeast or baking powder in there. Put the container in places where many ants visit or put it close to the nest. The ants can not resist the sweetness and will eat the mixture. Because of the added yeast or baking powder the ants won’t survive the snack.
This natural ant killer is actually quite inhumane. The small ants stomachs can not contain the yeast or baking powder. The yeast or baking powder into the stomach from making the stomachs burst. I personally prefer the boiling water. Painful, but very quick.
5. Borax Ant Killer
A lot of ant-control products actually contain Borax, a 100% natural product found in most supermarkets. So why pay for a product when you can get the effective ingredient much cheaper? Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of Borax. Dip some cotton balls in the borax mix, and place those near any walking paths the ants are using in your house. The next day you will find dead ants all along the trails.
6. Baby Powder or Chalk
If you don’t see yourself as an ant killer, you can try driving them away with a natural ant repellent. Baby powder and chalk contain a substance that ants stay away from. Sprinkle baby powder or draw chalk in a thick line for the entrance where the ants always walk in.You will find that the ants will stay away.
7. Vinegar or Water
Scout ants leave a scent so that other ants know where to go. You can easily get rid of these pheromones with a homemade ant spray. Mix even amounts of vinegar with water in a plant spray. Then spray the vinegar mixture on the path the ants use. The ants will no longer smell their fellow ants and leave. This is also a great way to get rid of ants in the kitchen, because the vinegar will mask the food smells.
8. Coffee Grounds
Ants stay away from coffee grounds. Sprinkle some of the coffee along the outside of your home. Your house is now less attractive to ants! And another advantage: cats will also keep coffee grounds at a distance.
9. Herbs and Spices
There are many herbs and spices that have a too strong odor for ants. Certain herbs and spices which ants do not like are: pepper (all types), basil, lavender, mint, sage, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. You can mix the herbs with water and then sprinkle it at the locations where ants enter your house. Ants really won’t walk on a layer with pepper! You can also use essential oils of those herbs and spices, if you find that easier to use. Cotton balls infused with peppermint oil will not only repel ants, but also doubles as a mice repellent.
Ants do not run over copper, making it another natural way to get rid of ants. Fasten a copper wire on the floor or lay copper coins at the location where the ants usually enter your home.
Ninja tip: Less Hassle, just as Green
You might not always have the ingredients for these homeremedies, or prefer something that is instant and mess-free. Luckily there are some great alternative products available that are non-toxic for your family or the environment.
One option is a sonic device that emits a certain tone that will keep insects, spiders and rodents at bay. I have never used those, so you would have to read reviews to check if they are suitable for your household.
What I have used are the essential oil blend pellets by Sniff 'n Stop. These are all natural and safe, and very convenient to use.
These pellets contain a powerful mix of Cedar, Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Mint, and Peppermint oil. They will not only repell ants, but also spiders, cock roaches, mice, rats, silverfish and many other pests. You can spread them anywhere in and around the house, and they last 6 months to a year. It's completely safe for pets and children.
You can buy them on Amazon here, and if you're not 100% satisfied, return within 60 days for a total refund!
After all that ant hate, consider this….ants can also be an opportunity to teach your kids about cooperation and sciences such as biology and mechanics. Check this amazing GIF out about ants creating a daisy chain to transport a millipede:
Image credit: "Ants Work in Harmony" via LiveLeak
And how do you get rid of ants? Share your go-to solution for an ant problem in your house in the comments below!