How to Get Rid of Ants Using Ordinary Household Items

Ants crawling over dirty dishes in a sinkMany DIY-savvy homeowners invest in numerous ant control products, such as sprays, traps, and baits, in an attempt to handle ant infestations themselves. But did you know that many common items that you already have in your cupboards and pantry are effective in fighting ants as well?


This article explores the various household ingredients that deter ants and what to do when these DIY approaches aren’t enough to handle an ant infestation.



A tip for how to kill ants in the kitchen is to mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and then spray it directly onto ants when you see them. Vinegar is also useful for deterring ants from areas where they typically come into a home, such as doorways and windowsills.



Chalk is made from calcium carbonate, which ants strongly dislike. Ordinary sticks of chalk can be used around the bases of counters and tables so that ants don’t climb up from the ground onto higher surfaces. However, you will need to apply chalk regularly to get the ant-repellent effects since it wipes off easily with normal household activity.


Dish Soap

Killing fire ants with dawn dish soap is a common at-home remedy for ant problems and works well with ingredients you likely already have at home. Mix one part dish soap with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray it directly onto ants to kill them. You may need to do this for several days in a row until the entire colony is dead.



Borax is commonly used in cleaning products and is lethal to ants. You can mix borax with water and confectioner’s sugar to create a paste that you put in containers near ant entry points. Worker ants will carry the sweet (yet toxic-to-them) substance back to their nests and be poisoned.



Ants also hate citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits. You can put the juice of citrus fruits into a spray bottle to spray on door jams and window sills. Another idea is to puree orange peels with a bit of water and rub the mixture on these areas of a home to deter ants.



Coffee grounds work well as an ant-repellant because ants don’t like the smell of coffee or the feeling of the grounds on their feet. Try sprinkling coffee grounds around your plants both inside and outside to keep pesky ants away.


When Household Items Aren’t Enough

While these natural, at-home remedies are certainly worth a try, they aren’t always the fastest, easiest, or most effective ways to get rid of ants. This is especially true if you have a widespread ant infestation that spans multiple areas of your home and property.

The best way to get ants out of your life is to call Precise Termite & Pest Control for a free and professional inspection. We know all of the best tips and tricks for exterminating ants and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our services. Residents of Bergen and Passaic counties trust us whenever they have ant problems of any type or size, so call us at 866-971-2847 or contact us online.