So you’re dealing with pesky little ants invading your home. What are some of the cheapest ways to get rid of ants? Find out how to kill ants or deter them from invading your property with some things you probably already have around the house.
Cornmeal/Grits – Cornmeal and grits kill ants once consumed. When ants eat them, they expand, killing the ants. It’s not an instant solution but it’s extremely inexpensive, and you probably have some cornmeal or grits sitting in your cupboard already!
Coffee Grounds – If you’re a coffee fan, don’t throw out your old coffee grounds! They can get rid of ants. Ants dislike the smell, and will avoid areas that smell like coffee. Try sprinkling coffee grounds around flowerbeds or other areas in your garden where ants linger – they’ll also fertilize your plants while acting as a natural ant repellent!
Spearmint – Ants don’t like the scent of spearmint either. If you’re growing a garden, try planting some spearmint plants. They not only smell minty fresh, but they’ll keep away ants and can be used in recipes! If you don’t want to grow spearmint, dabbing spearmint essence will also do the job, but will require reapplication when the scent fades.
Cayenne or Other Spices – Ants don’t like a large variety of spices. Though cayenne and spicy peppers are among the most commonly listed ant deterrents, ants also dislike garlic, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaves. Sprinkle these spices in areas where ants are a problem for an easy way to deter ants on the cheap!
Boric Acid – This is the substance used in most commercial ant baits. Boric acid ant baits are known to be effective, which is why they’re so common. If you happen to have boric acid (borax) on hand, it’s a great ant killer. It should kill ants with ease.
Boiling Water – One of the cheapest solutions on this list is simple H2O! Boil some water in a kettle and (carefully) pour it over ant hills invading your garden. Though simple and cheap, this solution is best done outside and in areas where there’s no danger of the water seeping into your house or foundation. It also only kills ant hills you can spot. Try combining it with one of the other solutions to effectively deter ants in the future, as well.
Vinegar – Vinegar serves a dual purpose. It not only disinfects and erases the scent trails that ants leave behind, but ants also dislike the smell of it and will avoid it. To use vinegar as an ant deterrent, simply use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down areas where you’ve spotted ants in your home.
Chalk/Baby Powder – Both chalk and baby powder contain talc, which is a natural ant repellent. Sprinkle some in areas of your home where you’ve spotted ants for a quick and easy natural ant deterrent.
Citrus Peels – Don’t toss out your peels from that orange you had for lunch! Place them around your garden to keep ants at bay. Citrus fruits – such as lemon, orange, lime, tangerine and clementines – are another natural ant deterrent that you probably have in your home already!
Boric Acid Ant Baits – If you’re not happy with any of the above options, try boric acid ant baits. Though they’ll have to be bought at your local hardware store, they work to kill ants quickly and effectively. It may be worth shelling out a small amount of cash for something that you know will work.
All of the above solutions are only effective up to a point. They should help deter ants and get rid of ants if your problem is relatively small.
For stubborn ant problems that aren’t easily treated, call Magical Pest Control. We specialize in providing homeowners with professional grade treatments to get rid of ant problems that can’t be eliminated with natural ant deterrents or commercially available ant baits. Reach us at (905) 738-6676 to discuss your ant problem and how we can help.