Ants do not belong in a house. Yet, often, they seem to find their way in. If you’ve seen a few ants creep in, I’m sure you’re ready to get them out FAST. Here are 10 frugal, and mostly natural, ways to rid your home of ants (plus a BONUS at the end!):
10 Frugal Ways to Get Rid of Ants
1. Natural Green Ant Repellant Recipe
If ants are a major problem, you can whip up this easy natural ant repellant recipe using to keep on hand. It’s effective plus it’s safe for your entire family.
2. Ant Bait
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup baking yeast
½ cup molasses
6 – 3×5 inch index cards
Mix all ingredients together and then smear a thin layer on each of the index cards. Spread the mixture on the cards. Put the index cards in places that you have seen ants.
Vinegar has soooo many uses! Spray vinegar on any area you’ve seen ants and they are not likely to return.
4. Baby Powder
Sprinkle baby powder on any ants you see and around the area they are entering the house. You can also dust items like the sugar bowl with baby powder to keep ants away.
Ants don’t like cinnamon for some reason so it can be used in a way similar to baby powder.
If you know where ants are entering your home, draw a circle around the opening with chalk. For some reason, they won’t cross over the line.
7. Mint and Other Herbs
Ants are repelled by the smell of mint, so consider planting mint around your house to prevent them from entering your home. Basil and rosemary have insect repelling properties so chop them up on the counter or put a bunch where the ants are entering. Thanks SortaFrugal!
8. Boric Acid
Mix boric acid powder and sugar (or powdered sugar) together and leave it where the ants are congregating. They will take it back to the rest of the army and die. Thanks 4PrettyBabies!
9. Ant Spikes
Ant Spikes can be placed next to either side of door entrances, next to patio areas, along foundation of house, garage, next to ant mounds, in garden, etc. Worker ants find the bait and carry it back to the nest, bait is eaten by workers and queen to help destroy the colony. Thanks Tech4Mommies!
10. Lighter Fluid
A reader emailed to say she has lined the screen door with lighter fluid to keep the ants from coming in. Of course, you may want to research this before you attempt. Thanks Marie!
I’m updating this post to include a bonus “get rid of ants forever” tip. I recently moved into a 30 year old home. Five months after we moved in, when the weather started to get warm, ants came in droves from behind the kitchen counter.
From a girl who’s never lived in a place with an ant problem, it made my skin crawl!
I tried all the natural methods but they didn’t completely work. I finally found out from a professional pest control guy that they use Advion Ant Gel Bait by DuPont. That particular brand wasn’t available at the time but the Hot Shot Ultra Clear Roach & Ant Gel Bait was.
I got it asap and applied the gel. Within seconds, tens of ants (it looked like tens of thousands of ants) surrounded the gel and ate it up. They took it back to their place of residence and died.
There were ZERO ants the day after I applied it. There were a few two days after. But other than those stragglers, we haven’t seen an ant in over three weeks.
In my opinion, the Hot Shot Ultra Clear Roach & Ant Gel Bait is a miracle worker!!! Our kitchen is finally ant free! That, my friends, is $8 well spent!
What suggestions do you have for keeping ants away? Let me know and I’ll add them to the list!
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