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What Steps will you take to Protect your Home from Ruthless Pesky Ants? Print E-mail
Written by Mike C.   

Ants seem to find their way into any house.  It does not matter if you have the nicest house on the street or one that “needs improvement”.   Ants do not discriminate!  If you find you have an ant invasion, these suggestions can help you get rid of them.   Which method will you choose to for getting rid of ants?


The best way to eliminate these annoying pests is to prevent them from coming into your home in the first place.   Deterring them is the first step.  You will want to barricade your home.    It can be difficult trying to find all of the little areas of your house they can get into.  You will want to seal the doors, windows, and cracks with caulk.

Keep your countertops clear of foods, especially overnight.   Clean up all spills and traces of food immediately.  One tiny little spill can literally bring in hundreds of ants.  They are even attracted to water.  Keep up on regular mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming.

Use some type of ant barrier.  Spray the inside and outside perimeter of your home with an insecticide.   Make sure the insecticide is meant for indoors before you spray.  Spray the inside of garbage cans and around appliances.  This should be done every couple of months.  There are more natural options you can try, as well.

Natural/Handmade Ant Barriers

There are tons of natural/handmade ant control methods you can try.  It is difficult to say which one is the best.   All you can do is try some of these methods and see which one works best for your home.   Line these around the areas of your home where they may come in.

  • Lavender

  • Vaseline

  • Salt

  • Talc

  • Vinegar

  • Peppermint Oil

  • Cinnamon

  • Black Pepper

  • Whole Cloves

  • Bay Leaves

  • Chalk

  • Baby Powder

  • Borax

  • Chili Pepper

  • Coffee Grounds

  • Cucumber

  • Citrus Peels

  • Tartar

  • Powdered Sulfur

  • Lemons

  • Oranges

  • Cat Nip

  • Adhesive Tape

Try putting out oatmeal. Once eaten, the grains will mix with their digestive juices and expand.  This will make them explode.  While most of these are considered natural, this does not mean they can’t be harmful to children and pets.   Take precautions.

Killing Existing Ants

Killing the ant trail is something you will need to do if they find their way in over your preventative barriers.  It is extremely important that you eliminate this trail because they will be taking whatever crumbs they find back to their nest and will be bringing more ants with them on the second journey.

With a soapy sponge, wipe down the trail as you pick up ants.  Rinse them down the sink.  They will likely still be alive, so you must drown them.  After you do this, clean the trail with a bleach solution or all-purpose cleaner.   If you happen to see just a few ants, get them as soon as you see them.  They are scouting your home for food sources and reporting back to the nest.

If the ants are already scurrying around your cupboard, you will need to lure them out.  Try mixing borax with water and sugar for bait.  Boric acid in powder form will affect the ants internally and externally.  Mix 2 tablespoons with one cup of water and two cups of sugar.   You can also try luring them out with peanut butter.


Ants truly are pests.  If you do not create a barrier, they will invade your home and this can be costly.  Once they get in, they have access to everything that is not sealed tightly including sugar, cereal, bread, noodles, crackers, chips, etc.  Nothing is more frustrating than ants getting into your cereal the day after you purchased it.

Until you have taken steps to get rid of ants, it is important to keep these things sealed up.  Put your flour and sugar in the freezer or sealed plastic/glass container.  Put your cereal in the refrigerator or tightly sealed container.   Good luck on your mission for keeping the ants out of your home.

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