Home Remedy To Kill Ants


Ants are often considered as unwanted guests in a house, though these little creatures play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance. But if they have forcefully entered your house, you need to open a war front against them to save your food and children as well. In this regard, there are many tried and trusted home remedies to kill ants.

  • Vinegar: The white vinegar is known as a good weapon for man to fight against army of ants. You may spread this liquid in every corner captured by ants and this will help you to get rid of ants forever.
  • Cucumbers: Apart from offering health benefits, cucumber is also helpful in relieving your home from the attack of ants. The taste of this salad ingredient is unpleasant for these ants and thus, they are more than happy in leaving your home.
  • Mint: You may use mint tea bags as well as mint leaves to keep your home safe from ants. You may dry the leaves and crush them to be spread in different areas prone to ant attack. This is a recommended home remedy to kill ants.
  • Soap: The ingredients of bath soaps are not good friends of ants and thus, you may always keep the soap water ready to spray at every entry point of these ants. This will definitely help you to remove these uninvited guests from the home.
  • Peppermint oil: It is yet another wonderful remedy for restricting ants entering your home. You may pour this oil in all the corners of rooms and kitchen to put a barrier for ants to enter these places.
  • Grits: You may spread grits at every place, where you want the ants to disappear from the scene. You will find that ants are not able to withstand grits and will die in few hours.
  • Borax: Another great remedy to get rid of ants is available in the form of borax, mixed with sugar solution in water. This is again recommended by people across the globe as an effective solution for killing ants.
  • Salt: You may spread salt around the corners and on hives to repel ants from entering the homes. Also, you may also prepare salt solution in boiling water and pour the solution in different corners of the house.
  • Cinnamon: This spice is another great remedy for letting the ant to move out of your house. You may just spread cinnamon sticks on the path followed by ant troops to enforce them to match back.
  • Chili powder: You may spread the chili powder on the nests and hives surrounding your homes and it will provide a line of control for the ants to enter your house.
  • Grease: The grease acts as a poisonous barrier for the ants to enter your house. They might get attracted towards grease first, but will soon bounce back to get away from this sweet poison.
  • Bay leaves: You may also consider spreading Bay leaves across the various tracks of ants. This will definitely make them move away from their paths.



  1. I just tried several of these, and I’m afraid that they don’t really work. When I put salt down, then just marched over it. Cinnamon definitely upset them, but they just walked around it, so you’d have to basically COAT every surface of your house in cinnamon for it to work? (also, after I “trapped” one for a few minutes in a ring of cinnamon, it eventually just walked over it). Same for chili powder.

    The one thing that killed them instantly was a fruit & vegetable wash that I use (which is basically watered-down soap). It seemed to instantly “drown” them, though it didn’t keep more of them from coming. However, I do think it was effective in sort of removing the “trail” chemicals that they use to communicate their path.

    I may try peppermint oil or grits next, but so far, I may just have to call an exterminator!

  2. I will check in later. I put a ton of salt down along my baseboard about an hour ago and so far the ants appear to have retreated. Stay tuned!

  3. Salt never kept ants away in my home. In fact, the ants would seek out the salt shaker if we had an open one and would crawl inside. They would, of course, dry out and die while in the shaker, but boy did they love crawling into it, and thus everything around it too.

  4. I tried the vinegar i even mopped my floors in it, it did not work in my case. i also tried the chilli powder and they just found a new way around that. the only thing that i found to work was baby powder, but that only seemed to work once.

  5. Pour baking soda where the ants are, then pour vinegar on the baking soda and watch it fizz up and kill the ants !…….. It really works, I tried it.

  6. JfI’ve tried the cinnamon and salt but too they eventually just walk over it. Then recently I was washing dishes with some bleach and I accidendly left some drops on the the counter- thus of course with prediction I found my answer.

    So, I made a solution with the following ingredients:
    • Water
    • Alcohol

    Mix all the following ingredients together and spray the solution in all the corners, side walls and even on the ants and it’ll be sure to kill them and block them. Spray your corners at least once a day to keep it effective.

    It still is helping me,

  7. baby powder works very good for containing them in a certain spot of the house and it also makes it easier to get rid of them once you have them contained

  8. I just tried a combination of vinegar and salt and it really works. I don’t know if it’s gonna keep them away (haven’t tried that yet), but the combo definitely kills ants.

  9. on yahoo, it says to mix equal parts of icing sugar with baking soda, they will eat, and take back to their nests, the acid in their tummy with react and cause the ants to explode, i am trying it right now, will keep all posted

  10. Just put some vinegar down it killed one ant, and repels but doesn’t help kill them instantly. I’ll not use salt since it just stops them, I want to make sure they don’t come back. I will use the sprays, this may be helpful too. Though I’ve heard it best to kill them since they’ll report to headquarters and more ants will join the procession.

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