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Mint Oil


There are also a number of natural treatments that are also effective such as Mint Oil.

Brush the concentrated oil around suspected entrance points or use a 1 to 1 mixture of soap and mint oil with water to spray onto ant trails to scatter them.  You will be able to keep the

ants away and have your house smell minty fresh too.  

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice also works great to help deter ants from entering your home.  Simply squeeze some lemons and put it into a sprayer and spray around any openings or spray onto a paper towel and wipe down areas inside door and window frames.  Repeat this process as needed to keep the ants at bay. 


It appears that the acidic nature of the lemon juice messes with the ants’ ability to leave a scent trail. No scent trail and no ants can follow! 




Ground cinnamon, Cinnamon Sticks or cinnamon oil work to interfere with the ants ability to communicate with each other.  Basically, Cinnamon makes their communication systems go haywire.  No communication, no ability to exchange information to find out where the food is.


Boric Acid Powder

Boric Acid Powder can be found in many forms.  Most commonly it can be found in  the pesticide aisle as a roach killer or in your local pet food store as a food supplement. 

With a little ingenuity, you can have an effective ant killer.  Just combine a little sugar, water and Boric Acid together and set it on little bait stations like a bottle cap from a soda or been. 

To make you own mix using sugar water, add about 8 teaspoons to 1 cup of water, then add 1 teaspoon of boric acid. This will give you about a 2% solution If the ants are not attracted to this mix as much as you like, reduce the Boric acid powder to ½  teaspoon.  This mix will give you about a 1% solution.


Remember, this will not be an immediate fix. I will take time for the ants to metabolize the food and share it with the rest of the ants. It may take even longer for the bait to reach the queen, but when it does, it will destroy the whole colony.  This could take 3-4 weeks or longer.



Do not skimp on the bait stations.  It could take 15, 20 or 30 bait stations to effective reach a control of your ant problem.  Be sure to change your bait often to keep it fresh if you notice a reduction in activity around your bait stations.


This solution is also available at your local Home Depot.  


Diatomaceous earth



The Diatomaceous Earth can be sprinkled around the outside of your home as well as inside like the cinnamon powder.  Keep it dry and lightly sprinkle around entrance area.  Ants will not die immediately as it takes time for this to be distributed thru the colony just like the boric acid and sugar water mixture.



It has been said that regular blackboard chalk will also deter ants.  To enhance this a bit, try the Harris Roach Tablets.  They are like chalk but have 40% Boric acid. 

Harris Roach Tablets

Be careful of insecticidal chalk as it does contain a pesticide that can be  harmful to your children or pets if ingested.

Baking soda and powdered sugar


This sounds innocent enough, but when you combine this combination with the ants acidic metabolism, the baking soda expands and creates a rapidly expanding reaction inside their abdomen.  Bye bye ants.


Coffee Grounds


This appears to only be a localized deterrent when you see ants coming out of cracks.  They may just change their exit location and pop up outside your garden, but it is a tool that can be used.




Although cornmeal by itself may not be effective, it works great when combined with an activator such as Boric acid, Borax.  You will want to use about 9 parts of Cornmeal; to 1 part Boric acid or Borax. 


You will want to use enough soybean oil so that you can make a nice paste. Placed the mixture in a closed plastic container.  Punch holes for entry points. 


Set the containers in areas where you find ants.  Be sure children or pets do not eat this mixture, as it is poisonous if ingested.  Check the containers every few days to see if the ants are taking the bait.  You may have to change your mixture if cornmeal/soybean oil combination does not appeal to them.

Ants may have different needs. You may need to try honey or something greasy like peanut butter to get them attracted to your mixture.


Cream of Wheat


It seems that the jury is still out on this one.  The theory behind this is that the ants eat the dry grains of this and it will expand in their stomachs and kill them.  Maybe some Cream of Wheat mixed with some sugar and boric acid might work? 


Please share your experience.





Vinegar itself is slightly acid, which also makes it a good cleaner.  Many people have said that after using vinegar/water solution to clean surfaces in the kitchen, ants have not returned.  My wife has used this combination in our kitchen and it seems to be working but it must be repeated continually.

Equal-the sugar substitute


This one has always troubled me.  Numerous people have reported that they used this sugar substitute mixed with juice.  Apparently, the Aspartame in Equal and Nutrasweet sweetener acts as a neurotoxin to ants!  To be effective, the sugar substitute needs to be mixed with something like apple juice. 


From what I have read, the jury is still out on this one as well, based on 2007-08 studies from Texas A&M’sAgrilife Extension Service.  The study on the effectiveness of aspartame as a mound treatment for controlling of fire ants. 

In two different studies (one involving sprinkling aspartame onto fire ant mounds, the other involving watering aspartame into the mounds), Brown found no difference between aspartame-treated mounds and untreated control plots.


But, if this works for your particular situation when nothing else has worked, go for it!


One thing that you will need to realize about rapidly reproducing insects such as ants.  Since they can not only rapidly re-produce, they are also able to develop a genetic immunity to toxins that affect them negatively.  They can get used to it and it will no longer be effective.  Which means what worked well last year may not work at all this year!


Rotate your applications to keep them effective, whether it be some Au Natural or regular pesticides.


Please share with us your experience with the battle against ants.




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Posted 2018-05-18T22:58:04+0000  by Rick_HD_OC Rick_HD_OC