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How to get rid of ants naturally

Want to know how to get rid of ants naturally? Use our easy-to-make solutions to get the job done.


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Whilst they don’t usually cause any harm, if you don’t act quickly to get rid of ants in the garden and around your home then you could soon be overrun. Try our guide for the best way to get rid of ants.

Patience is a virtue when we’re talking about the best way to get rid of ants. Take time finding the source of the infestation and tackle the ants here.

How to get rid of ants naturally

Learning how to get rid of ants at home doesn’t always call for shop-bought chemical repellents and insecticides. The following steps will help you make a plan to say goodbye to ants using natural methods:

  • Keep your floors clean. Ants are attracted to crumbs and debris. 

  • Don’t leave food out. You’ll just be feeding the problem. 

  • Regularly wipe down surfaces to get rid of crumbs and food you cannot see.

  • Observe the ants to see where they’re coming from, then block their entry points.

  • Use homemade solutions to repel ants – essential oils can work well, particularly tea tree and peppermint oils

Find out even more ways to get rid of pests in the home if ants aren’t your only problem.

How to get rid of ants in the kitchen

A common area to find ants is in the kitchen. Luckily, a simple solution to getting rid of them is right by your sink – here’s what to do:

  • Mix a little liquid detergent with water.

  • Spray your natural ant remover liberally at the source of the infestation.

  • Prevent them from coming back by filling cracks in walls or caulk gaps in windows and cleaning your work surfaces regularly.

How to get rid of ants in the bathroom

Essential oils are great for your hair and skin, but did you know they can get rid of ants too?

Give this method a go in the bathroom:

  • Mix between 10 to 20 drops of essential oil with water. 

  • Spray the mixture along ant trails and into their entry point. 

  • Soak a tissue or cloth in the solution and use it to clean baseboards and surfaces.

How to get rid of ants in gardens

Often it’ll be easy for you to see where the ants are coming from in the garden… the massive nest is a big giveaway. If not, you’ll have to play detective and observe their behaviour to find the source of your ants. Once done, you can get rid of ants in the garden with vinegar:

  • Pour a good amount of white vinegar on the nest.

  • Spray vinegar along any ant trails that you observe. 

  • Spray vinegar around the outside perimeter of your house to reduce the risk of them coming inside.

Whether it’s a current problem or one that might come along in summer, now that you know how to get rid of ants naturally there’s no need to panic.

Key steps

Follow our key steps for a natural way to get rid of ants and prevent them coming back:

  1. Locate the entry point/nest through observation. 

  2. Choose a natural solution and apply liberally. 

  3. Keep surfaces and floors clean to help prevent a return of ants. 

  4. Don’t leave food lying around and throw rubbish out promptly.

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