Effective Home Remedies: How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

How To Get Rid of Ants

Tiny little ants are usually harmless. They don’t bite you unless disturbed. But as summers or rainy season approach you can see them marching towards your house. They make their nest and infest your house. Soon they are everywhere, especially in your kitchen spoiling your food. The sting of a few ants such as fire ants may cause pain and allergic reactions. And if carpenter ants have infested your house then they may cause damage to building materials. Also, ants may damage the garden plants.

How To Get Rid of Ants

How To Get Rid of Ants

Obviously, you can’t be a silent observer and see your belongings being destroyed by these little trespassers. You need to take some action to expel them out of your house. Many of you may use harsh insect repellents to drive the ants out of your house. But these chemicals also harm our environment and us.

What else can you do?

Why not use home remedies to get rid of ants that are provided below to ward off ants from your house.

14 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ants


Vinegar is a very common kitchen ingredient that is used for cooking. It is formed when acetic acid bacteria ferment the ethanol. It’s mild acidic property and strong smell can be used to keep ants at bay.



Mix vinegar and water in equal amount and pour this solution in a spray bottle. Spray at the entry points, anthills, countertops, and where ever you see ants. The strong smell of the vinegar will make the ants forget their trail and they will lose their direction. Repeat this every day for a few days until ants completely abandons your house.

*You can also use apple cider vinegar in the same way to get rid of ants.

Diatomaceous Earth

The fossilized remains of the marine phytoplanktons forms white colored diatomaceous Earth. It is not at all dangerous for small children or pets, but you can kill ants with them. This powder sticks to the exoskeleton of the ants and dries them out. This cuts the exoskeleton of the ants and kills them. Diatomaceous earth is easily available in the market and you can also buy them online. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on an ant’s nest and at the entry points for a few days and soon you will get rid of ants.

Lemon water

Lemon water is an effective home remedy to drive away ants naturally. Mix lemon juice with water and pour it in a spray bottle. Like vinegar, spray it to the entry points, anthills and where ever you see ants and see the results.

Cayenne pepper

In ant defense, you can also use cayenne pepper. Ants hate it. They also hate black pepper so you can use both cayenne pepper or black pepper to drive the ants out of your house. Make a wall any of the pepper around food items or other household and prevent ants from accessing them.


The strong smell of cinnamon is unbearable by the ants and they prefer to stay away. Mix half teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a half glass of water. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray at the point of entry and countertops. This will compel the ants to leave your house.



Peppermint essential oil

Being a natural insecticide peppermint essential oil can be used to get rid of ants. The strong smell of peppermint essential oil interferes with the ability of the ants to smell and reach to the foods. Also, they forget their trails and gets lost. Add 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil in a cup of water and spray where ever you see ants. You may also mop floors and countertops with this solution.

Dish soap or dish detergents

The chemicals present in the dish soaps and dish detergents breaks the exoskeleton of the ants. They make the ants dehydrate and kill them. Mix dish soap or dish detergent in a glass of water and spray on the ant’s path.

Coffee grounds-

Coffee is not just energy booster, but also keeps ants away. This property is owed to the strong smell of the coffee that is hated by the ants. Sprinkle coffee around the foods and household to prevent ants from accessing them.

The best approach to get rid of ants is to forbid them from invading your house at the first position. So better do not leave foods out uncovered. Wipe the countertops, kitchen, cabinets and floors every day. Dispose the trash daily. Keep your house clean and keep bathrooms and kitchen dry.

Better keep changing home remedies to get rid of ants, as ants may get immunized with repetitive exercise of any single remedy.

Priya Singha
Priya Singha: Priya is a freelance writer with an experience of 4+ years of her writing career. She pursued her Masters from DDU, Gorakhpur. She is very passionate about writing and is fond of writing short articles and blogs. She even has worked for several companies. Writing articles in the field of Health & Fitness, Beauty, Home Remedies and Travel are some of her most interested topics and brings out the best in her.