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Ants Not Welcome! Ridding Your Home of Ants the Natural Way

Updated on November 25, 2013
No one likes to clean up after ants
No one likes to clean up after ants | Source
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How Do Ants Find Food?

I've always wondered this myself. Here's a great article that answers this question:


Nothing is more infuriating than to wake up to a great big mess in the kitchen. Your kids didn't do it, your dog didn't do it, and you certainly didn't do it.

The culprit? Ants! Ants scavenge for food. That's a natural process of life. Though you may not be able to see it, there are many ways for ants to enter your home.

It's never fun to reach for your favorite snack or the sugar for your coffee only to find that it has been invaded by an unwanted guest. How do you get rid of these pesky pests without hiring and spending butt loads of cash on an exterminator or store bought product? Follow these natural remedies (adapted by internet findings, and Shirley Videon's "Little Book of Things to Try") and I guarantee you'll be surprised and find that it will be easy on the wallet.

Grits, Oatmeal, and Ants, Oh My!

Though this isn't proven by scientific research, many people have claimed these products as the "ant nest destroyer." What do you do? Drop a small amount of grits, oatmeal, or other soluble foods as close as you can to the nest. Make sure it is dry outside and that it will not rain later in the day. The food needs to stay dry.

By placing it as close as possible to the nest, it gives "easy" access to the ants and they carry the pieces of food back to their nest. Once eaten (dry) the food will expand in their stomachs, killing them instantly. It doesn't hurt to try.

Grits, oatmeal, and other soluble foods can be used to destroy ant nests
Grits, oatmeal, and other soluble foods can be used to destroy ant nests | Source

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Ant Control!

Did you know that you can keep ants at bay by mixing together 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup white vinegar, and 2-3 tablespoons of dish soap? Spray this mixture along the ant path or where you see the ants entering, and no more ants! Who'd want to cross something like this?

Bonus: If this isn't doing the trick, spread a little cinnamon, catnip, or pepper where the ants are entering. Theses spices are too spicy or strong for the ants to cross over.

Cucumbers can be used to deter ants from your home
Cucumbers can be used to deter ants from your home | Source

Cucumbers, Who Knew?

Cucumbers are great for more than just your favorite crunchy pickle or your favorite beverage, they can also be used to deter ants from entering your home.

All you need to do is place cucumber peels at night where you most frequently spot ants and remove them the next morning.

Bonus: You can also use citrus peels like lemons, limes, or oranges, etc.

Make Your Own Ant Spray:

Here's a great recipe for ant spray killer. Mix together in a spray bottle half water and half white vinegar. Spray the ant path and trace it back to their nest.

Bonus: If you don't like the smell of vinegar, try using lemon juice.

Mint is one of many plants that act as a great deterring aid for ant problems
Mint is one of many plants that act as a great deterring aid for ant problems | Source

Mint Smells Great! Ants Don't Think So

While you may love the aroma of fresh mint, ants actually don't like it so much. Ants have a strong sense of "smell" and something about mint throws that off. Here are some different ways you can use mint as an ant repellent:

  • Plant mint around your home (this will repel ants and keep them from getting in your home)
  • If you find ants in your home, simply place mint leaves where they are entering to deter them from further entering
  • Place mint leaves in different areas around your home
  • Leave some mint in your pantry (since that's where ants are wanting to get to, anyway)

Plant Power!

Like mint we find many plants are fragrant and delicious. Ants have a different opinion. Here's a list of other plants to place/plant around your home to deter them from entering your humble abode:

Aromatic Plants
Other Plants
Chile/Jalapeno Peppers
These plants are pretty effective when it comes to keeping ants away.
If it comes down to it, you can use boiling water to destroy an ant nest.
If it comes down to it, you can use boiling water to destroy an ant nest. | Source

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Boil them Out

Pouring boiling water straight onto anthills is a last resort method for taking care of an ant problem. Many consider it to be a little inhumane, but if you think about, no matter what you do (whether you hire an exterminator, pour poison on their nest, or find natural remedies), you are still killing the ants. Some ways are slower than others. This would get the job done quickly.

Use your old coffee grounds to repel ants
Use your old coffee grounds to repel ants | Source

Coffee Repellent?

Did you know that your used coffee grounds can be used to repel ants? The smell of the coffee grounds is displeasing to the ants, and therefore keeps them from entering your home. All you have to do is sprinkle some of your used coffee grounds around your home and outside in the yard to deter ants from invading your home.

Were these tips helpful? Please let me know!

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    • TabithaECleary profile imageAUTHOR

      Tabitha E Cleary 

      4 years ago from Montgomery, AL

      Thank you Shirley V ;) !

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      Shirley V 

      4 years ago

      Great article! Very informative! Thanks!


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