Natural ways to keep ants away from home

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03 Feb

It is a nuisance when you find ants in every corner of your house. In the kitchen or in the bedroom, ants seem to be present everywhere. 

However, the good news is that you can repel ants from home by following some techniques. Here are some natural ways to keep ants away from home:

1. Essential oils

Ants smell with the help of their antennae and follow the path of the forager who goes out to discover food. There are some botanical scents that largely interfere with the scent trails of ants.

Peppermint essential oil is very useful to repel ants from home. You need to add a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball. Wipe it on the entry points or leave a cotton ball infused with peppermint oil in areas infested with ants.

There are various other essential oils that you can use to keep ants away from home, such as tea tree essential oil, clove essential oil, orange or lemon essential oil.

2. Vinegar

The smell of vinegar also masks the scent trails of ants, thereby keeping them away from home. You need to use a vinegar spray to repel ants from home. Add ¼ cup water and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Add 30 drops of any essential oil. Spray it around baseboards and wherever you can see ants.

3. Citrus Peel Spray

You can use your leftover lemon peels to repel ants from home. Add the lemon peels to a pot and pour water to cover them. Heat water until steaming and then pour it in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle properly and spray it in the entry points and wherever you can see ants. After a few days of using citrus peel spray, the ants will be completely gone.

4. Powdered sugar and baking soda

The powdered sugar will attract the ants and when the ants will be attracted to it, the baking soda will kill them. Mix 1 part baking soda and 1 part sugar. Place the mixture in areas where you see ants.

5. Lemon juice

Just like vinegar, lemon juice also masks the scent trails of ants. It should be used with an essential oil for best results. In a spray bottle, add ½ purified water and ½ lemon juice. Add 15 drops of any essential oil in the bottle. Now spray it around baseboards, entry points and anywhere you have seen ants.
These are some wonderful natural ways to keep ants away from home.


Hi, I am Chris! I created this blog for me and my wife Lampiana, in order to express our passion about home. We spend hours per week searching for decor ideas and home tips. Moreover I like searching for cleaning tips and could make our life easier. We will both share everything with you, so please stay tuned! Enjoy!