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5 Natural Ways to Keep Ants Out of the House!


5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants!

This time of the year a lot of people have trouble with invading ants. I find the little sugar ants wandering around the kitchen looking for some crumbs. I know that if I don’t deal with it quick it can turn into a full on invasion. I hate to use chemicals near my kids and animals. So here are some natural ways I combat ants in my kitchen. Other than keeping it spotless at all times (Because with two kids, three cats and a dog in my kitchen it is always spotless….haha!) But seriously, keeping the kitchen clean from food is essential in getting rid of the ants. Plus, here are some other helpful tips:

  1. Mix sugar, water and borax together. Place in shallow trays in cabinets or on counters where you see the ants. You only need a small amount. I find recycled plastic lids make great little dishes for the bait. The ants eat the sugar and the borax kills them.
  2. Baking soda and powdered sugar in small dishes in areas where ants have been spotted. The ants carry the sugar to the nest and it kills them.
  3. Lemon juice or vinegar- Spray it where you notice the ants coming in. The ants use pheromones to lead a trail to the food source and back to the nest. The acid in the lemon juice or vinegar messes up the trail, so the ants don’t keep following it in.
  4. Cinnamon- you can sprinkle it in doorways or windows where the ants come in. The strong smell wards them off. You can also make a spray with cinnamon oil and water and use it to spray areas where you see ants.
  5. Chalk- Ants prefer not to walk through chalk or talcum powder. So you can draw a line in doorways and window frames to keep ants at bay.

3 thoughts on “5 Natural Ways to Keep Ants Out of the House!

  1. We had ants last year and the vinegar works. Yeah, we had some scouts but they were dealt with early and never became a big issue. If they HAD invaded already then it may have been different.

    Also… Don’t leave food out and clean up so there is nothing for them to come in for. You will only get an invasion if the scouts find sources of food that will be worth it to the colony. Don’t provide the food and the ants won’t bother coming in.

    Also.. Cinnamon also works by disrupting the pheromone trail as well. Just sayin’. B-)


    1. Yes. I agree the vinegar is good for the scouts. We had a pretty good invasion a couple years ago and the borax and sugar water worked. It took about a week. But it worked….and yes cleaning up all the food sources is essential. Thanks for the info.


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