Have you noticed ants in your kitchen or living room and want to know how to get rid of them?
Although undesirable, ants are true allies for the environment. Coming across them in your garden is surely a good thing, as they help destroy thousands of pests and aerate the soil.
However, it’s a different story when they start to colonize your home, as they can become real pests themselves:
- Carpenter ant extermination is required because these ants dig holes in structures and deteriorate them in just a few days.
- Pharaoh ant extermination is important to avoid exposure to diseases that they can transmit to humans.
- Common black ant extermination will prevent the deterioration of your garden.
No matter what type of ants have invaded your home, you’re probably looking to get rid of them quickly. Here are the natural methods that work best.
Natural remedies to get rid of ants
Although calling in an extermination service for insects and pests is the best way to put an end to an invasion for good, natural remedies can be used to scare them away.
Here are some proven natural remedies for ant control:
- Everyday leftovers such as coffee grounds or orange peel
- Mint and lavender essential oils
- Citrus scents, such as oranges or lemons
- Incense sticks for hard-to-reach places
- Baby powder or chalk in high traffic areas
23 natural repellents to keep ants away
Natural repellents are products that are undesirable for ants. In fact, they generally discourage them from entering your home and setting up a colony. These techniques avoid the need to resort to professional pest prevention, even though a professional service is always the most effective.
These products are not intended to exterminate ants, but to create a barrier against future infestations. However, in case of a serious infestation, you should consider a professional ant exterminator.
Cinnamon powder or oil is a great way to keep ants out of your kitchen. You can sprinkle it all over the place, but the golden rule is to do it constantly because the smell fades quickly.
Other spices can be good natural ant repellents. Pepper is one of the best spices for deterring ants and other insects from entering a home.
Simply sprinkle it in strategic areas to repel the small insects.
Sprinkling salt near the nooks and crannies where ants enter the house will help keep them away. Table salt is one of the best and cheapest ways to get rid of ants naturally.
Use ordinary table salt, not rock salt, which is better for your health. Simply boil water and add a large amount of salt, stirring until it dissolves. Pour into a spray bottle and spray where you think ants are likely to enter.
4. Lemon juice
Lemon is one of the most effective natural ant repellents because its acid content makes their tracking sense fuzzy. Spray it on the path of the ants and on doorways and windows.
Peppermint can help you get rid of ants in your backyard by placing a few drops on door and window frames. Another option is to make small bags of dried mint and hang them on window corners.
A little-known plant in North America, tansy is used extensively as a natural insecticide in Europe. If you have some in your garden, chop the leaves very finely to obtain a type of powder.
If possible, pour 10 teaspoons of the powder into 1 liter of ethyl alcohol at 90°C (available in pharmacies) or, failing that, alcohol for fruit liqueurs.
Leave to macerate for about 10 days, stirring the bottle from time to time. Your insecticide is then ready for use.
Garlic is another great repellent for ants and other insects. Crush a few garlic bulbs, put them in a spray bottle and add water. Let the mixture sit for a few hours to allow the water to develop a garlic scent.
You can then use the spray bottle on the areas where the ants have passed through.
8. White vinegar
Vinegar is a great product for cleaning the house, as well as for keeping pests away. If ants have entered your kitchen, keep them away with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and hot water. White vinegar works for most insects, as they cannot tolerate its smell and the acids it contains are toxic to them.
Simply take some eucalyptus oil or water and spray it on the plants in your home. The smell is wonderful and will make your home smell great, while the ants will stay away.
The peeled skin of a cucumber is a sure-fire remedy that works its magic because it gives off an odor that repels ants. Place the peels where they usually appear and at the entry points used by ants.
11. Corn flour
Corn flour has many uses and one of the most effective is as an ant repellent. It doesn’t need to be mixed with other ingredients and can be sprinkled as many times as needed to keep them away. In addition to wiping out the tracking marks left by ants, this product causes the insects to die when they ingest it.
Honey isn’t really a repellent, on the contrary: ants are attracted by its smell and run towards your products. Which is why you can use it to corner them. Place a few centilitres in a bowl and wait for the magic to happen.
13. Coffee grounds
It has been proven that coffee left in the filter still retains many of its properties. No wonder it is used as a remedy to keep ants and other insects away. The smell is so pervasive that it bothers and repels insects.
Three times a week, mix two tablespoons of coffee grounds in a liter of water and spray the liquid on the affected areas of the house.
14. Boric acid
Boric acid is not effective against all ant species. It is mainly effective against the silver ant, the pharaoh ant and the house ant. These ants are small and usually black or red. They are attracted to sugar and settle in kitchens. Ants that stay outside are not as receptive to boric acid baits.
15. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil repels and kills ants. You can mix 5 to 10 drops of oil with 2 cups of water and use it as a spray. You can also put it on cotton balls and place them where you have seen ants.
Keep it out of reach of pets, especially cats, who can become very sick if exposed to it.
16. Window cleaners
Even though they are obviously not made for this, window cleaners are a solution to neutralize ants. Spraying directly on the insect paralyzes it and dries it out. The insect then becomes dehydrated and unable to do anything.
The smell of basil is effective against many insects and also repels ants. In addition to planting them in the garden, you can use dried leaves in potpourri for the interior of the house.
Borax is an all-purpose cleaner. Mix it with water and sugar and spread the paste that forms in corners where you see ants. As with boric acid, don’t use it where children or pets can reach it.
19. Diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth (also known as kieselguhr) is composed of fossilized algae that are commonly used as fertilizer. It can be found in garden supply stores and has also been proven effective against ants and other insects such as fleas and spiders. Like other remedies, it should only be spread where ants are likely to move, helping to drive them away without killing them.
Crossing a chalk line is difficult for ants, as it prevents them from following the scents left by other ants that usually guide them on their way. This can be one of the most effective natural remedies to scare them away, as not only do you have the ability to get in their way, but you can also place chalk “fortresses” as a perimeter around the house.
21. Baking soda
Baking soda is a miracle product that works wonders to keep ants away. To use it properly, mix it in a bowl with sugar and pour it into the areas where ants pass. This mixture releases a substance that is toxic to ants and they will flee as soon as they detect it.
In addition to lemon, another citrus fruit that is very effective in keeping ants out of your home is orange. The strong smell of oranges will deter ants from venturing beyond your doorstep.
Finally, you can also combine soap with water and spray lightly on surfaces or areas where you have noticed ants. This will help you remove any traces left by the ants and discourage the next ones from getting inside.
Avoid using chemicals to control insects
Anti-ant gel and insecticide are still effective chemical solutions for killing these unwanted pests. These products contain active substances that have a toxic impact on their breathing. Using them is simple, you just have to spread them on the path of the ants, which will ingest the product.
However, keep in mind that these substances are still harmful to your health and will inevitably lead to the permanent elimination of these insects.
We strongly advise you to try several of these natural remedies or to call a professional to solve the problem.
How to prevent ants from returning
Once you have successfully eliminated ants from your home using one of the methods mentioned above, the next step in the extermination plan is to make sure they don’t come back. Here are 2 tips to follow to prevent this:
- Keep your home clean: A clean home will make sure that ants have no desire to be in your home. If you clear the kitchen of food scraps, breadcrumbs, etc., they won’t be able to smell the food and temptations will be greatly reduced.
- Use caulking: Sealing holes with silicone or plaster will prevent ants from having easy access to your home and from making nests in the holes. Elite Pest Control offers a caulking service that works after the ants have been removed.
Call a professional ant exterminator
Are natural remedies and commercial chemicals not enough to get rid of an ant infestation? Is it too late to prevent the invasion? The best solution is to contact professionals in your area.
At Elite Pest Control, we have exterminators who know how to get rid of ants quickly. We prioritize natural methods, but above all, we use the most effective solutions to get rid of ants or any other invasive insect.
Contact our team to assess your situation and get more information.