HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS NATURALLY: THE BEST WAYS TO KILL AND PREVENT THOSE BUGGERS

Ants. They’re a pain in the butt.

Here are some ways to get rid of them!

PEARLY BAITS

Sure, ant baits are available for sale, but isn’t more fun making your own? These recipes are just as effective as their store-bought counterparts.

Ants!Pour a tablespoon of maple syrup (or some other sweet liquid ants love) onto a plate. Sprinkle boric acid around the syrup, so ants must pass through it to get to the sweet stuff. Place the plate in a popular ant hang out.

Boric acid is poisonous to ants. They will get it all over their legs when they go for the syrup, and will ingest it when they later clean their legs and antennae.

Boric acid can be dangerous to humans in larger quantities, so be careful while handling it, and don’t use these baits in areas children frequent.

Another bait that works is spreading a mixture of water, borax and sugar onto a piece of cardboard. Place the cardboard in a popular area. Borax is also dangerous in larger quantities, so careful when handling.

HELL’S SMELLS

There are certain smells that ants just can’t stand. Put these substances around spots ants may use to get into the house, or in areas you’d like to keep ants away from:

  • Peppermint (crushed mint leaves, dried peppermint, live mint plants all work)
  • Vinegar (simply mopping your kitchen floor with vinegar and water will work wonders)
  • Lavender oil or plants
  • Oil of clove or crushed cloves
  • laurel or bay leaves
  • Citrus (use orange peels)
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cucumbers

Conversely, ants love the smell of sugar, flour and paprika, so avoid having these substances lying around, and use the above odors to mask containers filled with them.

FOODS THAT MAKE THEM GO BOOM

Another clever (and entertaining) way to take care of ants is to use certain foods to, well… blow them up.

Ants have trouble digesting certain foods, and if they are ingested will expand inside of them, eventually causing them to burst. The foods that turn ants into expanding balloons of doom are:

  • Corn meal
  • Raw cream of wheat
  • Used coffee grounds (ants are particularly vulnerable to caffeine)

Put these substances in places ants frequent.

LIQUID DEATH

Here are some homemade liquid ant killing ideas. Spray these solutions around the openings of ant hills or directly onto ants themselves.

  •  Vinegar and water
  • Lemon juice
  • Water, liquid soap and mint
  • Nicotine and water (soak pipe tobacco in water overnight)
  • Boiling water (pour into an ant colony)

BARRIERS TO ENTRY

Certain materials can be used to create impenetrable walls that ants won’t be able to get through. These barriers don’t need to be wider than 1/4 and inch, but they must remain unbroken.

The materials that can be used to create your own great wall:

  •  Chalk lines
  • Tumeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Baby powder
  • Powdered charcoal
  • Cayenne or black pepper
  • Vaseline (good for doors, windows and pet bowls)
  • Salt

A SWEETER ALTERNATIVE

Another, friendlier idea is to give the ants something else to focus on so they leave you alone. Put a jar of honey near the ant colony. They will be so preoccupied with this new found container of sweet that they won’t even bother with your garden or kitchen.

 

This should give you enough ideas for preventing ants in your home or garden, whether deterring them, or outright killing them.

Good luck and stay prepared!

 

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  1. I use cinnamon around my beehives to keep the ants out, and it has worked great! Looking forward to testing out some of these other remedies.

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