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How to Get Rid of Ants Fast Naturally

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During warm weather or rainy seasons, many people discover ants entering their houses and garden areas.

According to the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project, ants are social insects and live in colonies that may range in size from hundreds to millions of ants, depending on the species.

There are different types of ants, but the most common house-invading ants include pavement, carpenter, acrobat, pharaoh and odorous house ants.


House-invading ants can get into your food, damage property or cause stinging bites. These tiny creatures can also cause damage to your plants.

Dealing with ants can be very frustrating. Pesticides for ants contain chemicals that are harmful to humans and the environment, but there are some natural, non-toxic ways to control ants. These may take some time and patience, but will provide good results.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of ants naturally.


1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an effective household ant repellent. Its smell discourages ants from entering your house and scrounging in your kitchen.

According to a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, cinnamon essential oil yields positive results in both repellency and insecticidal activity.

  • Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil in a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and wipe down the areas where ants may enter and dwell. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone.
  • You can also put ground cinnamon and whole cloves near entry points.

Note: Use the cinnamon oil spray strategically in places of ant infestation; do not put it all over the place.

2. White Vinegar

White vinegar will also send an eviction notice to ants on your premises. They cannot bear its strong smell. In addition, the smell masks their scent trails, making them lose their direction.

  1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water.
  2. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  3. Add a few drops of any essential oil and shake the bottle thoroughly.
  4. Spray this solution around baseboards and other entry points.
  5. After an hour, wipe up the ants using a damp paper towel and discard them.
  6. Repeat once daily until the ants are completely gone.

You can also use this vinegar solution to clean floors, windowsills and countertops to prevent ants from crawling over these surfaces.


3. Borax

Borax is toxic to ants and helps rid them from your house and garden. Ants are attracted to it and, when ingested, it ultimately kills them.

  • Mix equal amounts of borax and food jelly. Put it on a flat plate in the areas where you have ants.
  • Alternatively, mix borax with granulated sugar in a 1:3 ratio. Add enough water to get a syrup-like consistency. Put this paste in the areas where you see ants.
  • Another option is to make a paste with equal amounts of borax, cornmeal and a few drops of water. Spread the paste in areas where you tend to see ants.

Note: As borax is toxic, keep it away from pets and small children.

4. Lemon

To make your kitchen and other areas of your house ant-proof, try lemon. The smell deters ants and its acidic property masks their scent trails.

  • Rub some lemon juice on door thresholds, windowsills and other possible areas where ants are getting in.
  • Another option is to put a few drops of lemon essential oil on cotton balls and leave them in cabinets and other areas as needed.
  • Scatter small slices of lemon peel around outdoor entrances.

Use these remedies every few days until the ants are completely gone.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint is a natural insect repellent that can effectively keep ants away. Ants hate its strong smell, which also disrupts their smelling capabilities so they cannot detect food sources.

  • Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1 cup of water. Spray the solution on all areas where ants are present. Repeat twice daily, until the ants are gone completely.
  • Sprinkle some dried peppermint around your doors, entryways and garbage areas to repel ants.
  • You can even grow peppermint plants in your kitchen garden.

6. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) also works well as an ant repellent. This powder is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton.

The microscopic razor sharp edges of DE can cut through the ants’ exoskeletons, gradually causing their body to dry out.

  1. Gently sprinkle a thin layer of DE on windowsills, beneath the fridge, under cabinets, in and around garbage cans and any other places where you see ants.
  2. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone.

Note: Do not wet the DE or it will not work.

How to Get Rid of Ants Fast Naturally was last modified: September 10th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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70 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Ants Fast Naturally”

  1. Here’s the only way to get rid of ants permanently, soak bread crumbs ( the kind that you can buy in a can,) in corn syrup and leave and sprinkle around base boards and cabinets. This is sure to draw the ants into your house by the thousands. Then you can kill them with your slippers.

  2. I am looking for the ratios for a solution of boric acid, sugar and water!!! It is toxic so you have to be careful around children and pets!!! It might take two times, but my kitchen has been free of them for months!!! They came back to the bathroom and now it’s been free of them for several weeks now!!!

  3. I use used coffee grounds. They eat it and then explode later. They are gone. I got rid of two major ant hills in my yard. When they were all dead the ground which was a hill was now a hole in our yard.

  4. The best way to get rid of ants & spiders are to buy electronic pest controls that you plug into wall . They give out an electronic sound in the walls that bugs don’t like . You can buy them at Wal-Mart’s . I used to buy sprays in a can , about three cans a week until I bought the electronic pest controls. The have no smell but they do have a little sound that you can hardly hear.

  5. Great site – ants have been driving me crazy for months – tried lots of suggested tricks. The one that has worked this far is using a small travel spray bottled. Half white vinegar, half water – add a few drops of peppermint oil. Shake. A few short spurts aimed at the ants stops them
    In their tracks. Wipe up with paper towel. Intend to use the silver spoon theory to find out where they are coming from & seal those areas. This should put an end to it – & it’s all natural & safe.

  6. Well, I’ve just started sprinkling baking powder at their point of entry and along their trails and it seems to have worked! No more ants!😜
    Yesterday the kitchen floor was swarming with the buggars and the counter tops and cupboard doors were all in motion! A horrible sight! Apparently this happens often in spring! First time for me!
    Spent the day vacuuming them away and hoping they wouldn’t suddenly come marching back out of the vacuum cleaner! But every time I returned to the kitchen there were hundreds more to take their place! On Sunday in Austria all the shops are closed so no hope of buying another ant trap!
    So Last night I tried baking powder – an old kitchen help that housewives have been using for decades! Give it a try!

  7. Have heard most everything as a sure-fire remedy to riding a kitchen of ants and have tried most everything. I can’t find their source and they seem worse at some times than others. They don’t seem to be sweet eating ants so I think I am going to try Boric acid and bacon grease…I’ll let you know how this serves…can’t hurt, huh?

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