A quick search of the internet provides hundreds of homemade solutions for natural ant control and a variety of pest control. But how do you know which of them work and which of them don’t? We went to the experts to see which natural ant control methods passed the test and which ones did not.
Green Pest Solutions tried the apple cider vinegar trick with a colony of ants found in the kitchen. Apple cider vinegar is popular because it’s food safe and not harmful for children or animals, here’s what they found:
Can You Kill Ants with Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar won’t kill the ants, but it could inhibit their hunt for food. Ants leave behind little scent trails that send signals to other members of the colony that there’s food nearby. (That’s why you see them marching in a line along your kitchen floor.) The smell of the vinegar can send them off track.
Here’s how to do it:
Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle
Spray where you see ants most often, including walls, floors, and countertops
If you see a group of ants, spray them with the mixture (come back in an hour to clean them up!)
Unfortunately, apple cider vinegar likely won’t stop your ant infestation for good.
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Lemon juice is another type of pest control that yields similar results to Apple Cider Vinegar (albeit smells better). Still, neither of these options will actually eliminate or stop the ants. PestWiki provides a few solutions that may have more promising results. This powdered sugar and baking soda is a bait and switch technique for ant control:
Effective Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Ants
Ant species that are attracted to sugar will ingest it with the baking soda. Ants have a naturally-occurring acidic substance in their bodies that will react with the baking soda and will die. This home remedy ant-killer is extremely effective because the ants will often carry this food source back to the colony to be consumed by the queen and other ants.
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The application is fairly simple, PestWiki recommends mixing equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar in a container and simply placing it near the ants’ entry points in your home.
Many homeowners prefer natural remedies because they are safer to have around the home rather than spraying insecticides in the kitchen. Cinnamon oil made the number one spot from the Top 10 Home Remedies Team. They recently reported:
How to get rid of ants naturally
According to a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, cinnamon essential oil yields positive results in both repellency and insecticidal activity.
Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil in a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in this solution and wipe down the areas where ants may enter and dwell. Repeat once daily until all the ants are gone.You can also put ground cinnamon and whole cloves near entry points.
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Cinnamon is an effective household ant repellent. Its smell discourages ants from entering your house and scrounging in your kitchen. In a variety of additional sources, peppermint oils have had similar effects, although cinnamon seems to be a more popular option.
Ant colonies can populate quickly and take over fast, so it’s best to practice effective ant control before they become an issue. Take action at the first sign, and notice all entry points to prevent more ants from joining the party.
A consultation from an ant removal technician can help you see what type of ants you’re dealing with and how they are getting inside so you can eliminate them more effectively.