This article was co-authored by Hussam bin Braque and staff writer Daniel Blinka, MA, MPA. Hussam Bin Brek is a certified commercial pesticide applicator and operations manager. He and his brother Hussam co-founded Diagno Pest Control in the Greater Philadelphia area in 2018, and have since expanded their services to include the New Jersey market. Diagno Pest Control has received Home Advisor’s Top Rated and Elite Service Marks for quality work and customer service.
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Although ants can be beneficial to the ecosystem, they can also be pests. If ants are a nuisance in your home or garden, you may want to know that it is possible to get rid of them. You can remove ants from your home by killing them, but you must also remove their pheromone trail that attracts other ants. You can also remove ants from your garden using common remedies. Once the ants are gone, keep your home clean and safe to prevent reinfestation.
This article was co-authored by Hussam bin Braque and staff writer Daniel Blinka, MA, MPA. Hussam Bin Brek is a certified commercial pesticide applicator and operations manager. He and his brother Hussam co-founded Diagno Pest Control in the Greater Philadelphia area in 2018, and have since expanded their services to include the New Jersey market. Diagno Pest Control has received Home Advisor’s Top Rated and Elite Service Marks for quality work and customer service. This article has been viewed 8,166,781 times.
To get rid of ants, soak a sponge in dishwashing liquid, or a mixture of vinegar and water, and use the sponge to wipe away the ants and their footprints. It is important to dry the trail completely so that other ants in the colony will not follow it later. If the ants are too numerous to dry, you can use a vacuum to suck them up. Make sure you empty the vacuum bag into a sealed room afterward, or the ants may escape and return to your home. After you vacuum, it’s still important to go back and wipe down the ant trail with the soapy water or vinegar solution. If the ants return, try placing commercially baited traps around your home where you see the ants, as this bait will kill the entire colony once it finds the queen. Traps are likely to attract a lot of ants, so be careful where you place them. You may also need to replace the trap when the ants eat all the poison. Be patient as it sometimes takes several weeks for one set of traps to remove a colony. For tips on making natural cleaners and repellents, read on! I am so excited for the return of warm weather. With sunny days come flowers, gardening and time outside.
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Children love to see ants roaming around in the anthills, but they do not like to see them roaming around their homes. Ants have the ability to hibernate.
In winter their body temperature drops and they become lethargic. They look for warm places deep in the soil, under stones or in the bark of trees.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t mind having ants outside (except for fire ants which are an invasive pest identified by the Department of Agriculture!).
One of the best things you can do to control ants is to prevent them from entering your home. There are many things you can do to keep ants out of your home.
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Some of these remedies work to kill the ants and others help to drive them away. Repellent varieties may require more frequent treatments intended to kill the ants.
I have a spray bottle in my pantry filled with apple cider vinegar and water mixed 50/50. While this is not an effective way to keep ants from entering your home all the time, it is a good short-term deterrent.
You can use either regular vinegar or apple cider. I like the apple cider variety because the kitchen smells better after use. See other uses of vinegar in this post.
It doesn’t matter what you use to get rid of ants, even if you use a toxic chemical. If you leave the counters full of cookie crumbs and spilled soda, there will be ants all over you.
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Keep your kitchen counters clean – the apple cider vinegar mixture above is a great cleaner! Store your food (especially sweet food) in tightly closed containers.
Although ant bait is completely natural and non-toxic, if you leave out desirable snacks for ants, they will wander around looking for them.
Many essential oils are effective at repelling ants. I like to put about 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball. Use it to wipe around areas where ants enter.
Ants love the smell of mint. You can also add 10 drops of peppermint oil to a small bottle of water and use it around window frames and door frames.
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An added bonus is the wonderful smell of mint in your home. Clove essential oil is another good essential oil that is used to kill ants.
Even humans can smell the strong aroma of garlic. Although garlic cloves are great for flavoring food, they’re also good at repelling ants (and other insects).
Leave a few cloves of garlic cut where active ants are seen. You really will feel like they are escaping the zone.
Eventually, the garlic cloves will dry out and be no longer effective, so you may need to replace them if the ants return.
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Many plants are good at repelling insects. See my list of mosquito repellent plants here. And if you have a lot of mosquitoes in your garden, find out how to make homemade mosquito repellent with essential oils.
Make your own natural ant killer by mixing equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar. The sugar attracts the ants and they carry it back to their nests.
Baking soda can also be used in the garden in many ways. Check out this post to find them.
Some plants are known to be effective in repelling ants. The theory is that the stronger the odor, the more effective the repellent effect.
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Luckily for us, these herbs are great for cooking, so setting up a kitchen garden with them can also help keep your ant problem at bay. Keep only herb garden where ants are seen.
Black pepper is an all natural, cheap and safe way to get rid of ants. Just sprinkle it where you see active ants and watch them disperse.
If you follow them to see where their exit is, you can sprinkle more pepper at that spot to keep them from returning home.
It’s great because it’s completely safe to use in cupboards, on kitchen counters and window sills, near food, and around children and pets. Grinding black pepper works best.
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One good reason to choose cinnamon is that it is not harmful to children or pets. Cinnamon has a strong odor that disturbs the ants’ sense of smell.
You can sprinkle cinnamon where you see ants, use cinnamon essential oil, or dip a Q-tip in cinnamon and use it to draw a line that the ants won’t cross near the entry point. Will do
Lemons are one of my favorite killers. They have an odor that deters ants and the acidic nature of lemons mask the scent marks emanating from the ants.
To repel ants with lemon, rub lemon juice on doors, window sills, and other places where ants can enter your home. Dab lemon essential oil on cotton balls and leave them in the cupboard if even effective use.
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You can also leave behind the sliced lemon pieces. This remedy should be repeated every few days until you see that the ants are completely gone.
I recently tested several borax ant killers to see which one worked best for me compared to the retail brand Terro.
Taro was most effective, but sugar water and borax were second. View my Borax Ant Killer results here.
Note: Borax is what I consider to be borderline natural. Borax has warnings to keep it away from the eyes and not to consume it. I leave it to my readers whether this should be considered natural. See this article on Borax for more ideas.
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Borax is also something I have used to preserve flowers in my own home with great success.