« Back to blog

All-Natural and Creative Ways to Rid Your Home of Ants

Posted on: April 19th, 2013 | No Comments

antsWhy is it that when Spring comes to our area, ants suddenly invade our homes?  If you’re a homeowner, you may have tried ant traps, pest sprays, and high-octane ant killers – both inside and outside your home.


When ants start marching in, you may not have time to run to the store for some ant spray.  Instead, mix up this ant killer that can be made with items found around most homes:

  • 1 tsp. dishwashing soap (not detergent)
  • 1 tsp. virgin olive oil (you can try other cooking oils, too).
  • 1 qt. water

Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and spray the ants or any other insect that’s in your home.  Even better, you can also use this mixture on your gardens or outside.


Besides this mixture, other people have had success with:

  • Splenda (safe for kids and pets)
  • Coffee grounds (safe for kids and pets)
  • Dish soap (great on baseboards, windows, doors)
  • Cornmeal (because ants can’t digest it, it blocks their systems, which will eventually decrease your ant problem).
  • Cinnamon (great around the inside and outside of your home)

When treating a moderate ant infestation, it’s best to spray the line of the entryway that you think they’re taking.  If the problem persists or the ants are increasingly making their presence known in other rooms, you may have an infestation on your hands.  Call an exterminator.


What about you?  Have you used anything to repel ants in your home?  What’s worked for you, and what hasn’t?


Martin Lenich Martin Lenich (136 Posts)

In addition to owning his own Inspect-It 1st franchise, Martin Lenich is the General Manager of Inspect-It 1st. Mr. Lenich’s expertise spans over 25 years in the inspection, design, and construction industry, branding and marketing, technical and operational management, risk management, technology implementation, as well as training. As a leader of the Inspect-It 1st team, he continuously identifies opportunities to enhance clients' experiences with Inspect-It 1st, and to keep Inspect-It 1st positioned as the industry's Gold Standard in residential and commercial property inspections. Inspect-It 1st inspectors, “provide the right balance of technical detail and business sensitivity to the art and science of property inspection” – Martin Lenich.

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Our home inspection company's history began in 1991 with the establishment of American Home Inspection. Over the course of the following seven years, a home inspection business prototype was developed that could be implemented anywhere in the United States. Our founders believed they had a unique methodology of providing homebuyers and sellers with consistent, professional and unbiased home inspections.

http://blog.inspectit1st.com © 2012. All Rights Reserved.