Inside: Do you have ant problem at your house? Skip the chemicals and try these ways to get rid of ants naturally. They work great to get rid of ants and some will make your house smell fantastic.
It's that time of year. The weather is warm, the windows are open letting in a breeze, and the ants are joining us once again. It seems it happens the same way every year. I see one of those little guys and think it's annoying. Then I turn around there are 10 or 20 ants. I can't seem to kill them fast enough. Although I will use bug spray on the outside of our house, I really don't like to use it inside. Especially in our kitchen where we seem to get them the most.
I am always looking for a natural (and inexpensive!) way to get rid of ants. Over the years, I have tried quite a few different methods, and these are a few of my favorites. So if you have those little buggers all over your house check out these 5 great ways to get rid of ants naturally.
Garlic is one of the best ways to get rid of ants naturally. I have used it multiple times with success. The downside to garlic is it smells. So, on a hot day, you will be smelling that garlic all day long. I just set out a small bowl with some minced garlic and the ants disappear. After a couple of days, you can throw the garlic out and the ants should be gone.
Cornmeal is a very inexpensive way to kill off ants. Just lay out a small hill of cornmeal and they will take it back to their home. The ants can't digest the cornmeal and they will all die. This is a good one to use if you have small children or pets and don't want them getting into garlic or peppermint oil.
To get rid of ants naturally with vinegar just mix up a spray bottle of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar. Spray all the ants and then wipe them up. You can keep them from coming back by spraying down the windowsills and doors where you see them coming in. It's easy and quick to do, plus you don't have a mess.
Peppermint oil is a great smelling way to get rid of ants. Just put a couple drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place by where the ants are. The ants will retreat to where they came from and you will have a kitchen that smells wonderful.
Much like the peppermint, cinnamon is a better smelling option to keep the ants away. Just pick up some cheap ground cinnamon and sprinkle in the areas that you have seen the ants. The ants will quickly leave and not come back. It's easy and smells great! It's one of my favorite ways to get rid of ants naturally.
Another good way of getting rid of the ants is to keep your kitchen clean of any crumbs and dirty dishes. I am not surprised that our ants came while our dishwasher was broken. I wasn't staying on top of washing each dish when we finished with it and attracted some ants with our leftovers. By making sure that all the crumbs and food is gone you will leave them looking somewhere else.
If you have children or small pets you will still need to be careful where you use these methods. My ants are usually on the kitchen counter, so I don't have to worry about putting garlic out for the ants. When I have ants on the floor I use the vinegar method so the dogs don't get into any food.
Next time you see some ants, don't grab the ant spray. Try these easy and frugal ways to get rid of ants naturally. Looking for more natural tips? Try this DIY weed killer to get rid of weeds for good!
Free Weekly Cleaning Checklist
Subscribe (free!) to my newsletter and as an added bonus I will send you this free weekly cleaning checklist.