It’s that time of year again. I am talking about ANTS! ANTS! ANTS! Just the other day we were having a snack and we saw about a dozen ants on our breakfast room table, then heading up the wall. These were not little sugar ants, but big black ants. As I moved our napkin holder I noticed a candy wrapper…hmm wonder if that was the reason? Then we noticed those little buggers in our dining room. That was it for me, I wanted them GONE!
For the last few years we’ve been using a few natural ways to get rid of these little guys and I recently found some new ones too. I’ve had some good luck with these natural remedies and I hope you do too.
5 Ways To Get Rid of Ants Naturally
Diatomaccous Earth - Wondering what the heck this is, I did too. DE is fossilized remains of one celled algae which have skeletons made of silica and hard glass like shells. Now I bet you are wondering how this would even work. Well those little ants get up in there and the DE scratches up the outer layer of the insect and then absorbs their body fluids causing them to dehydrate and die. All you need to do is sprinkle it on the corners of your cabinets, window sills and doorways.
Cornmeal - Who knew ants liked cornmeal. Yup they love it actually but their poor little bodies can’t digest it so they basically explode after consuming. Not a pretty sight I am sure but it works! All you have to do is find where the ants are coming in and put some cornmeal around the entry. You might see more ants at first but in time you will see none.
Borax - Also known as sodium tetraborate which is a boron mineral and salt that’s minded directly from the ground. Did you know that commercial baits use a borax solution? Yep! Now you can make your own using 2 TB borax, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. It creates a paste which you can put on card board pieces or in small tubs and place around the house where you are seeing the ants. This solution attracts the ants, they like it so much that they carry it back to their friends and then it poisons the entire lot of them.
Vinegar - I like to use apple cider vinegar with a squirt of castile soap. The reason why this works is because the strong smell of vinegar repels ants. You can make a spray using 1 gt spray bottle. Fill it with 1/4 cup castile Soap, 4 TB vinegar and 10 drops of peppermint oil.
Essential Oils - If you are a regular over at O’Boy! you’ve heard all the reasons why I love essential oils. They help in so many ways and killing ants is just one of them. We love the smell of essential oils but ants hate it. The best oils to use when trying to get rid of ants are Lemon – because it contains d-limonene which is toxic to ants. Peppermint because ants hate the smell and Tea Tree oil because it’a a natural astringent. Infuse cotton balls with one of the oils I mentioned and place in cabinets and other areas where needed. You can even make a little spray using all 3 oils.
Natural Essential Oil Ant Spray
Using a 4 oz glass spray bottle put in the essential oils.
10 drops Tea Tree Oil
10 drops Peppermint Oil
10 drops Lemon Oil
Fill the rest with water and spray in the areas where you see the ants.
So it is possible to get rid of ants naturally. It make take a bit more effort on your end but it’s healthier for you, your family and the environment. Got some ant killing tips up your sleeve? I’d love to hear them!