You hit the target when you advised using window cleaner to kill ant trail scents [“Honey, We Have Company,” Aug. 6]. Another great deterrent is mint mouthwash, which will not only kill the scent trail but all ants in the vicinity.
Listerine Cool Mint Antiseptic Mouthwash, Bad Breath, Plaque & Gingivitis, Mint, 1.5 L. This is a good product as far as being a mouthwash goes, but it can attract ants.
White vinegar, available at all grocery stores, is a cheap and effective way to kill and repel ants. It is also a natural cleaning agent. Try using a 1-to-1 vinegar/water mixture to clean hard surfaces, including floors and countertops, wherever ants are likely to travel.
Ants hate the smell of strong citrus fruits. Save your orange, lemon and grapefruit peels and scatter them around entry points. It's a natural way to deter ants without harming them.
Vinegar and Water
Vinegar mixed with water can repel and kill ants. It's also not dangerous to humans unless you have an allergy. The only drawback is the smell it leaves behind. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
Ants hate cayenne pepper. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper or black pepper around that area to repel ants. Make a concoction by mixing pepper + water and spray the solution at the ants. This solution will deter ants from coming back.
Better Than Hopscotch: Ants will not cross a chalk line. Draw a chalk line in front of exterior doors, to prevent ants from coming into the house. You can also draw a chalk line around tables on the porch or patio, to keep pesky ants away while dining outdoors.
Ants hate Vinegar. The smell of Vinegar will cause them to stay away from it or permanently leave the house. Ants crawl in a straight line, marching towards the food sources. The Vinegar solution will interfere with these pheromones, and the ants will get lost.
A white vinegar and water solution is a common method to wipe out ants for good. Ants don't like the smell of vinegar. It not only repels them; it can also kill them. Depending on how much you can bear the smell, mix at least one part vinegar and three parts water.
According to Doctor Karla Robinson, it does repel mosquitos. However, it does not have lasting effects. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A social media post making the rounds claims you can use Listerine mouthwash as a repellant for mosquitoes.
Step 1: Sprinkle either baking soda or baby powder inside the ant nest or anthill, all around the nest, along ant trails, and anywhere else you've seen a lot of ants. Step 2: Create a barrier of baking soda or baby powder around your outdoor living spaces, potential entry points into your home, and indoor food sources.
Having a minor ant problem can be remedied in a more natural way. One of the most popular ones is using soapy water, like washing up liquid. This will kill a large amount of the colony and the remaining ants will move on.
Step 3: Spray Entry Points
Use this white vinegar solution to spray all entry points of your home, try to spry all windows, doors, baseboards and the common paths that ants would travel within your home. Give about an hour for this solution to take effect, then after a few hours the ants should be dead.
Diatomaceous Earth is one of the most effective ant-killers out there, and placing them in the ant entryways can solve the problem of “how to get rid of ants permanently”. Diatomaceous Earth is made from remains of diatoms. Basically, by sprinkling them, ants dry and die.
Make sure to vacuum, sweep, or wipe down surfaces that have traces of food, grease, or sugar on them after you cook or eat. If you noticed ants in your indoor trashcan, consider getting a trashcan with a tighter lid. Heavy-duty metallic trashcans with step pedals tend to offer the most security from indoor pests.
Ants become the pallbearer
After a few days the dead ant is carried off and placed on the “ant graveyard” by the other dead ants. This may seem like ants have complex feelings and need a few days to grieve before they dispose of the body, but in reality it's far more chemical than that.
Flour. Wondering how to get rid of ants without dangerous pesticides? Sprinkle a line of flour along the backs of pantry shelves and wherever you see ants entering the house. Repelled by the flour, ants won't cross over the line. This is the best way to get rid of ants at home.
Both cayenne and black pepper repel ants. Ants hate cayenne pepper. Black pepper will work just as well too. Locate the source of the ant infestation problem, sprinkle some pepper around that area and if possible, create a wall that will stop the ants from accessing your household.
Creatures That Eat Ants
Other insects such as beetles, caterpillars and flies. Spiders, such as black widow spiders and jumping spiders. Snails and other hard-shelled organisms. Snakes. Fish and lizards.
Lavender may smell pleasant to humans but it's not so popular with ants, flies, moths, fleas and mosquitoes. A pot near your door can keep ants away; lavender in boiled water is thought to repel ants; and the oil can help to keep skin bite-free.
Crazy ants are attracted, not so much to sweets or starches, but to electricity. That's right, electricity! They will infest televisions, gaming systems, stereo equipment, and machinery of all sorts; and when they invade, it is by the hundreds or perhaps more!
Because Windex doesn't work as a repellent, it's no more effective at getting rid of the occasional bug than using a broom to shoo the critter outdoors or a paper towel to squish it. You're better off saving the cleaning solution for its rightful use.