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An Organic Way to Get Rid of Ants

By Melynda Sorrels ; Updated September 21, 2017
Ants are social insects that tend to lack social ettiquete

Forever uninvited and always unwelcome, ants take liberties by overstepping their bounds by invading your home and property as though it were socially acceptable. Getting rid of ants is a miserable enough chore, but it’s worse when you’re concerned for the health of your small children and pets as well. Fortunately, there are organic ways to go about this.

Several Simple Suggestions

Boil at least two rhubarb stalks in a gallon of water for 30 minutes. Set the pot aside and leave it for one week before pouring the liquid into a spray bottle to spray ants wherever you find them.

Sprinkle dry grits or cornmeal in areas where ants have become a problem. Ants will take this back to their nests and try unsuccessfully to digest it. This solves your ant problem at the source.

Sprinkle Epsom salt around an ant nest to make them move out.

Chop up any kind of hot pepper you have handy and mix it into some hot water. Pour the solution into their nest. Those that survive will move out.

Flood ants nest with your garden hose. This may need to be done daily, but eventually they will get the point.


Things You Will Need

  • Rhubarb stalks
  • Dry grits or cornmeal
  • Epsom salt
  • Hot pepper


  • Ants don't care for baby powder or chalk, so creating barriers in places you don't want ants can be very effective.


About the 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.