How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

antIf the while the ants go marching one by one, they stop at your house first, don’t grab the chemicals and pesticides to bid them farewell.  Use a few simple household remedies to get rid of those ants naturally.

Grab the bay leaves out of your spice cupboard and lay a few around in kitchen cabinets or wherever the ants like to visit.  If the ants seem to be entering boldly through the front door, you can put a little bit of used coffee grounds just outside.  Although effective, it may appear you haven’t swept the front porch in awhile, though.  A nicer looking solution is mint.  Place some mint leaves in doorways and along windowsills to prevent ants from finding their welcome.

One other solution I learned recently involves cayenne pepper.  It was suggested this hottest of peppers in powdered form could be sprinkled on countertops and in cupboards.  I don’t know about you, but I tend to touch the countertops a lot!  This doesn’t seem too practical.  But when I found an ant farm in my tomato garden rivaling Uncle Milton’s best, I grabbed up my cayenne pepper supply and sprinkled it right in the dirt.  Ants are gone, and believe me, the rabbits won’t be too keen on those veggies either.  (Note: If you have rabbit issues, put some cayenne and water in a spray bottle and spray it on the plants you don’t want them to nibble.  One taste and they will not come back, believe me.  I use this every spring.)

Now you’re ready to enjoy an ant-free and chemical-free summer with just a few quick and easy tips to getting rid of those pesky buggers naturally.

4 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

  1. ya know … last year we had those little black ants that march in a row … this year, the little ants have been replaced by the big carpenter ants … they are everywhere!!! Thanks for this … I think I will use a little of everything … 😛

  2. Thanks so much for the advice. We’ve been dealing with an endless ant colony for the last month and I am so sick of it. I don’t leave food out, clean the counter, etc. but I think they still are attracted to the garbage can and the cat’s food. I hate to buy traps, as I try to deter things naturally, and I do feel bad for the little buggers. I’ll try these things to keep them from coming in.

    Kathleen W.s last blog post..Cloth Diapering

  3. Don’t know about the effectiveness of mint. The ants that march to my house come right through a huge mint patch, then head straight up the side of the house. We found the little hole under the siding where they go—and come out, too. Sometimes it’s like a two-lane highway, one lane up, one lane down. I tried drawing chalk lines, which is another remedy I heard of. They didn’t like it, but detoured around it. (Not practical to draw chalk lines around the whole house, alas.)

Comments are closed.