Natural Way to Get Rid of Ants

Ants are social insects that tend to lack social ettiquete. image by Jay: commons.wikimedia.org

Overview

Few people will ever say they invited ants to their picnic or into their homes or for a tour of their garden. Most of the time these social insects invite themselves, much to the disdain of the homeowner. Though many will boast that ants play an important part in our ecosystem, their role in the bigger picture is often difficult to see or comprehend when they're marching through your kitchen uninvited. Many pesticides are harmful to kids and pets, even if they do get rid of ants. Consider safer ways to eliminate these pests.

Several Simple Suggestions

Step 1

Cut a lemon in half, and squeeze lemon juice all over suspected or known points of entry for ants. Set the lemon peels in those areas as well to help further deter ants.

Step 2

Cut up two stalks of rhubarb, and boil them for half an hour. Set the liquid aside, and allow it to sit for one week. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle, and it will work for getting rid of ants on plants and other areas of your garden.

Step 3

Pour boiling water onto ant hills. You may need to do this several times over several days, but eventually ants will get the hint and move somewhere else.

Step 4

Use a shovel to scoop up ants from one ant hill, and drop them onto another. They'll kill each other so you don't have to.

Step 5

Sprinkle dry grits or cornmeal in areas where you may have noticed ants. When they take the bait home and try to eat it, it will kill them off as ants can't digest these things.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon
  • Rhubarb stalks

References

  • Get Ants Out
  • Keep Those Indoor Pests Away the Natural Way
  • All About Ants

Who Can Help

  • Gardening Recipes
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About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.

Photo by: Jay: commons.wikimedia.org