Killing Ants Without Pesticides: Natural Ant Killer

Learn Natural Ways for Getting Rid of Ants and Keeping Them Out of Your Home

Three big ants

Although we share our planet with many creatures, we don't necessarily want to share our house with some of them; one being the ant. There are alternatives to killing ants that don't involve chemicals that are harmful to the environment, pets and children.

Try these easy solutions for how to kill ants without pesticides and maintain ant control.

  • One of the best ways to kill ants naturally is with a mixture of Borax and corn syrup. Ants love sweets enough to ignore the Borax, which will kill them. In a glass jar, add 1 part corn syrup to 1 part Borax. Poke holes large enough for the ants to enter. Keeping it out of reach from children and pets, place one outside near your home and another inside. You can also mix Borax with maple syrup, honey or jam; anything sweet will work. It's a good idea to clearly note in writing, the contents in the jar.
  • A natural remedy to kill ants, that won't harm children or pets, is to sprinkle corn meal near ant hills. They will take the corn meal "home" to feast on, unaware that they are unable to digest it. Getting rid of ants could not be easier!
  • A spray bottle filled with equal parts of concentrated liquid dish soap and water kills ants on contact. Have this handy when outside. Spray the ants with this solution when you see a trail of them in your yard, driveway, patio, etc. 
  • Liberally sprinkle baby powder around ant hills. Although death doesn't occur on contact, the ants that walk across the powder will soon die.
  • Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar. Spraying ants with this will kill them immediately. And for the ones you may have missed -- wipe down your kitchen counter tops with an equal amount of vinegar and water. They hate the smell and will stay clear. You can also mop your tile floors with it.
  • Many people report success with killing ants by using Listerine mouth wash. Locate the ant hill and pour a generous amount of it inside; repeat an hour later. Some people say this natural ant killer works great and others don't. If you have a bottle on hand, it won't hurt to give it a try!

If you can't bring yourself to kill the ants with or without pesticides, you can always feed them. Place honey at a distance of at least 25 feet from your yard. The ants will be content with the sweet treat and won't even care about what else there is to eat, in or near your home.

Prevention is the key to keeping ants away. Keep your kitchen and outside eating areas crumb-free.


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Wow! I didn't realize there were so many ways to kill ants! We've had a real problem with ants this summer. I'll try the concentrated dishwater soap and water method. Thanks for sharing!

By Naomi Mathews