Keep destructive ANTS away from your home with these steps
06/30/2023 // Olivia Cook // Views

Pesky ants in the home can be addressed without the need for harmful chemicals or expensive pest control solutions. Here are some steps to follow to prevent these unwanted guests from entering.

Remove things that can attract ants

Ants often hide underneath house plants and make nests in the soil. It's best to discard any plants that appear to be infested. Lemon or orange rinds put inside the soil can discourage ants from making nests where house plants are located.

Keeping food cabinets, countertops and floors clean and spotless also discourages ants from entering. Sweet foods – such as honey, sugar and maple syrup – should be kept tightly sealed in containers or plastic bags that lock well. Crumbs and spills should also be cleaned up immediately.

Make a barrier that ants won’t be able to cross

Putting a barrier on windowsills and any spots that ants enter can stop them in their tracks. It is important to replenish these anti-ant barriers every few days, as ants can resume entry once these are broken. Ground cayenne or black pepper, cinnamon and coffee grounds can fulfill this purpose.

Citrus fruits also work for repelling ants due to their natural acids. Grapefruits, lemons, limes and oranges mask ants' pheromone trails with a much more pleasant smell. Squeeze lemons into a spray bottle or rub a pureed blend of orange peel and water on door jams and window sills.

Use essential oils to keep ants away

While humans like the smell of some essential oils, ants do not. Prepare a solution by adding 10 drops of essential oil to one cup of water, and put inside a spray bottle. Spritz the solution at both indoor and outdoor spaces to keep ants away.


Cedar, clove, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and thyme essential oils work best for this purpose. Eucalyptus oil can also be used as it is safe for pet dogs, but it should not be used near pet cats as it is toxic to felines.

Look to the kitchen for natural ant deterrents

Kitchens often have natural deterrents for ants that households often overlook. Aromatic herbs such as rosemary and thyme can be put inside little cheesecloth bags and tucked inside kitchen cabinets. The same can be done with dried basil. (Related: Killing ants naturally with natural ant exterminators from pantry, garden and fridge.)

White vinegar repels ants and disinfects hard surfaces, with a one-to-one mixture of vinegar and water being sprayed on areas where ants travel and congregate. People may perceive the smell of vinegar immediately after spraying, but this does not remain long. Ants, however, detect the vinegar after it dries.

A few peeled cloves in garlic can be placed where ants are found, replacing the cloves every day or two when they dry out. All-purpose flour can also be scattered liberally across foundations, at door thresholds and on window sills where ants pass. The flour disrupts their pheromone trail followed by other ants to a source of food.

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