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Ant Removal From Home and Garden

Updated on May 2, 2011

Ant Removal From Home and Garden

Ants are a fact of life. They have been on this planet for millions of years and they are not going to disappear overnight. Ants are survivors. Ants in the home are an annoyance, an irritation and an inconvenience. They don’t belong there, it is your home. Ants will arrive in the home if they are given a welcome in the form of crumbs and spillages and un-emptied trash cans. The welcome can be moreso if there are gaps in walls, windows, doors and skirting boards. Proper house maintenance is required. In warmer climates where houses are more open and indeed where some people live in shacks ants are rarely a problem. This is simply because the abodes are kept scrupulously clean. There is no reason for the ants to visit at all.

When ants do venture into the house and appear in numbers it is in the first instance wise to revise cleaning schedules and then to tackle the ants. There are a number of .

products on the market. Not all tackle ants in the same way. Give some consideration to how you want to do it. Look at what is available. Most people will be looking for health, safety and effectiveness.

There are however a number of Ant removal tips which you can do yourself.

Ant Attack


Ant Removal From The Home

  • When you see ants in the home check out where they are coming from.
  • Clear up any spillage or mess they were interested in.
  • Use a vacuum and suck up all the ants you can see. Suck up a couple of handfuls of talcum powder and this will incapacitate the ants you have trapped. Empty the bag in the trash can outside of the house.
  • Try and block up wherever it was the ants were entering the house.
  • Candle wax is a quick and effective way to block up any small gaps.
  • Use a strongly scented oil to wipe over the trail the ants were using.
  • Check out the ant killers available on the market. Look for something that is safe round children and pets and place bait where neither can reach but ants will find.




Ant Removal From The Garden

  • Put coffee grounds onto the ants nest (ask Starbucks) will make it an unpleasant place for the ants and they may well move off somewhere else.
  • Cinnamon or Chillie Pepper on the nest may tell the ants they are not welcome.
  • Ants don’t like citrus. Orange and lemon peelings on the nest act as an unwelcome sign and Orange Oil poured directly into the nest tells them to get lost.
  • Spread liquid molasses over and into the entrance to the ants nest. They don’t like it at all.
  • Cucumber peelings on the best cause ants to reassess. They have a strong aversion to them.
  • Pour a few gallons of soapy water into the nest.
  • Pour boiling water into the nest. Take care!
  • Vinegar in the nest is a useful deterrent.
  • Diatomaceous Earth, talcum or baby powder and other fine powders are effective at keeping ants at bay. They will not walk through it. Only useful when dry.

Whatever method you use be aware that the ants will not disappear overnight. It needs some persistence. You don’t really want them to go altogether just to control their numbers. Ants in the garden are a sign of a healthy garden.

Ants Sipping Strawberry Juice



It is said that feeding ants grits and corn meal will cause ants to explode and die. This is an urban myth and does not work and certainly will not remove ants from garden or home. In fact it will be taken back to the nest and fed to the ant larvae which will love it.



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