What Are The Best Homemade Ant Killers?

18 April 2024 · 2 min read


At Greenhouse Pest Control, we have over 90 years of experience dealing with household pest infestations of all kinds, including stubborn ant problems. Our team of certified pest management professionals understands just how persistent ants can be when they invade homes. While we offer highly effective professional ant extermination services, we know some customers prefer to try homemade ant killers.

Leveraging our extensive knowledge of ant behavior, we’ve identified several homemade ant killers that utilize common household ingredients. These remedies take advantage of ant’s vulnerabilities and natural deterrents to eliminate infestations safely. When properly prepared and consistently applied, these DIY solutions can reduce the infestation of ants, but we can’t promise a complete eradication of ants with DIY methods.

The DIY Ant Killer Options 

Here are 5 best homemade ant killers you can try to treat ants in your home:

1- Soapy water spray: Dish soap breaks down the ants outer protective coating, causing dehydration and death. To Make: Mix dish soap with water in a spray bottle and shake it well before using. Spray the solution where you see ant trails or entry points inside your home. 

2- Boric Acid and Sugar Bait- Worker ants are attracted to the sugary bait laced with boric acid, They carry it back to contaminate the entire colony.To Make: Mix boric acid powder with sugar and add warm water until dissolved. Soak cotton balls in the solution and place them near the ant trails.

3- Vinegar and Water Spray: The potent smell of vinegar makes pheromone trails ants use to navigate and acts as a powerful repellent. To Make: Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water and shake to mix. Spray it around your home to deter ants 

4- Pepper Spray: The capsaicin in peppers is a natural insect irritant that deters ants from entering sprayed areas.To Make: Mix 1 tablespoon of black pepper or cayenne pepper with 1 cup of warm water. Allow to steep for 30 minutes before transferring to a spray bottle. 

5- Coffee Grounds: The bitter aroma and abrasive texture of used coffee grounds drives ants away from treated zones. To Make: Simply collect used coffee grounds and place it where you see entry points for ants. 

black ants on a wooden table climbing up a clear spray bottle with a black top

Our Recommendation

While homemade remedies can provide short time relief for minor ant issues, severe infestations often require professional extermination services. The experienced technicians at Greenhouse Pest Control have access to specialized equipment and eco-friendly products to completely eliminate ants and prevent their re-infestations. However, we recommend these DIY ant killers as a prudent first line of defense for homeowners seeking a natural solution or to use for prevention after ant treatment. Contact us for a free quote if the ant problem persists despite your best efforts.

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