How to Get Rid of Ants Using Common Household Staples

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.01 - 2024 7:54 PM CET

Here are a few tips and tricks to rid your home of pesky ants using kitchen staples.

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As the warmer seasons draw near, the likelihood of ant invasions in our homes also increases.

While many people resort to chemical solutions to address this issue, Ahmed Mezil from Hella Maid suggests several eco-friendly alternatives. These methods are not only effective and affordable but also safer for your family, pets, and the environment.

Mezil notes that chemical insecticides can contaminate groundwater and negatively affect local wildlife, including essential pollinators like butterflies and bees.

Here’s how you can utilize common household ingredients to effectively combat an ant invasion:

Natural Ant Repellents

1. White Wine Vinegar and Lemon Juice: Both white wine vinegar and lemon juice are excellent at disrupting ants' scent trails. Ants rely on these trails to navigate to food sources. By wiping down surfaces where ants travel with a solution of vinegar or lemon juice diluted in water, you can effectively erase these trails, disorienting the ants and deterring them from returning.

2. Cinnamon or Black Pepper: These spices are not just for cooking; they also act as natural ant repellents. Sprinkling cinnamon or black pepper in areas where ants enter the house can help keep them away. These spices interfere with the ants’ olfactory senses, making your home less appealing to them.

Long-term Ant Control

3. Sugar and Baking Powder Mixture: For a more persistent ant problem, Mezil recommends using a mixture of sugar and baking powder. The sugar attracts the ants, while the baking powder works to dehydrate them upon ingestion. You can make small bait stations by mixing one part sugar with one part baking powder and placing the mixture in shallow containers or lids where you’ve noticed ant activity.

4. Baby Powder: Similarly, baby powder can be used to create a barrier that ants are unlikely to cross. Sprinkling baby powder across entry points can block ants from entering. Baby powder can also be combined with sugar to attract and then dehydrate ants, similar to the baking powder method.

Application Tips

  • Regular Application: Natural remedies often require reapplication, especially after cleaning the area or after any rain.

  • Spot Treatment: Focus on areas where you’ve seen ant activity or where you’ve found their entry points.

By using these simple, everyday ingredients, you can effectively manage ant problems in your home in a way that is safe for your family and the environment.

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