Yes, dish soap is a tried and true method that kills ants. Any soapy detergent will work. Even a slice or two from a bar of soap added to water should be effective.
Though soap can be used to kill ants, unfortunately it only provides a temporary solution to your ant problem. A mixture of water and dish soap will get rid of ants, and eliminate a large portion of the colony. However it does not prevent or deter ants from returning so if you don’t kill the entire ant nest, they will return.
Why Does Dish Soap Kill Ants?
Like many insects, ants carry their skeleton on the outside of their body. The outer layer or exoskeleton has a waxy texture that helps them retain moisture to survive. Using dish soap dries out their exoskeleton and kills ants lingering in your home.
How to Use Dish Soap to Get Rid of Ants:
It’s actually a relatively simple process. All you need is water and your choice of dish soap. There are two ways to use dish soap to get rid of ants:
- Combine a 50/50 mixture of dish soap and water in spray bottle and use it to spray the ants directly – this is idea for stray ants and ant trails in your home. It’s safe for both indoors or outdoors. If you’d like you, can also add some vinegar or window cleaner to the solution to make it more potent. It should drastically reduce the ant population, and as a bonus, clean up the area!
- If you’ve found the source of your ant problem – namely one or more ant hills – you can flood the entrance with soapy water. Once again a 50/50 mixture is effective, with the option of adding vinegar or window cleaner.
Seeking a Permanent Ant Removal Solution?
If your ant problem is being stubborn and won’t disappear, call Magical Pest Control’s ant removal division. We specialize in tough ant problems that homeowners have trouble getting rid of on their own. You can reach us at (905) 738-6676 or use our contact form. We provide free ant removal consultations over the phone.