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10 Natural Ways to Beat an Ant Invasion

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10 Natural Ways to Beat an Ant Invasion

The ants come marching one-by-one, two-by-two, and gazillion-by-gazillion into our home whenever it’s rainy, snowy, too hot, and too cold.

My husband favors chemical warfare to get rid of the determined critters, who make a beeline from our bathroom window to his vanity. I prefer to get rid of the little rascals the natural way, so no humans and pets are harmed during the making of our pest-free home.

Here are some non-toxic (to you) ways to prevent ants from entering your house, and tips on how to get rid of them when they do storm your barricades.


An Ounce of Prevention

Don’t kill ants if they don’t invade your space. Here are some ways to keep them outdoors, where they belong.

1. Ants need to eat, too, and they particularly like crumbs on your counter and floor, dirty dishes, and uncovered food. Keep your kitchen tidy, and you’ll see fewer ants.

2. Use a latex caulk or filler to plug the exterior holes in your home where ants enter.

3. Block ant entrances with substances they hate and won’t cross – salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, spearmint leaves, and coffee grounds. Spread a line of these repellents along window sills and baseboards.

4. Ants don’t like the smell of lemon. To keep ants away, spray a lemon:water solution around your house, and rub a lemon wedge along the base of doors and windows.

5. Spray a peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil solution (10 drops of oil:1 cup of water) around the inside and outside of your house. After a rain, rinse and repeat.

6. Place pet bowls in a soapy water moat to prevent ants from eating Fido’s food.

7. Pour boiling water over ant colonies to kill ants where they, not you, live.


A Pound of Cure

If you can’t keep ants out, you’ll have to rub them out.

8. Soak cotton balls in a sugar:borax solution, and set them about your house in jar lids. The sugar attracts the ants, and the borax poisons them.

9. Vacuum ants, and quickly empty your bag or canister outside.

10. To prevent ants from swarming in the same spot, spray their path with vinegar, which will remove their scent and disrupt their trail.

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Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)


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10:26AM PDT on Jun 15, 2015

Thank you. Weird how useful vinegar is.

4:18AM PDT on Jun 15, 2015


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12:25PM PDT on Jun 8, 2015

You have to think also pets; they are curious about everything new and they may die for that. As well never give a cat aspirin because it kill your cat. I know a lot of cats and how to heal them. Also in poisoning happenings when nobody answered from the poisoning center. And when you pack for Christmas packets, one of my cats took fast a piece of the strip. I had to leave everything and take the cat into my armpit and wit other hand I put salt into a litt cup and also water, But I had no time to wait the salt scat into the water. I just took with a syringe the salt and put it into( Kristo's Cat) mouth and at once he vomit all of it out and I looked it was 40 cm long strip and that might have killed him or maybe operated away. I was lucky I saw it. Lei

7:40AM PDT on Jun 8, 2015

I tried Cinnamon. Helps a lil. But they always come back and make ant hills.
I love the smell of cinnamon. And feel witchy putting it out. It's also suppose to attract love.

7:37AM PDT on Jun 7, 2015

Good tips. Thanks for the info !

5:21AM PDT on Jun 4, 2015

thank you

4:02AM PDT on Jun 4, 2015

Never depend on chemicals, especially those hurting our homeland

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