The animated children's song is cute, but when you see ants marching through your own apartment, it's suddenly not so much fun. If you notice that these pesky blank insects are a common occurrence in your apartment and are wondering how to get rid of ants, we've got some natural ant killers for you to try.
If you're looking for a way to get rid of ants without using a pesticide or professional pest control services, here are 15 natural ant repellents and home remedies for ants that you can try.
You can make these natural ant repellents with things you have in your own home, so it'll be an easy way for you to rid yourself of these pesky critters.
Peppermint essential oil is a simple home remedy for ants that you can make yourself.
Get some peppermint essential oil or peppermint leaves, mix it with water and spray around baseboards, doors and windows to deter ants. However, if you have pets, keep in mind that this ant solution is toxic to animals.
White vinegar is truly an all-purpose household product. From cleaning and disinfecting to getting rid of ants, white vinegar is a must-have product.
Take a mixture of hot water and vinegar and scrub your floor and countertops with it as a way to get rid of ants. While the smell is strong for an hour or so, it'll rid your home of ants.
Cinnamon smells and tastes good, but did you know it can also be used as a natural ant repellent? You can use either cinnamon essential oil or cinnamon powder to repel ants.
Take a cotton ball or swab and dab it with cinnamon oil and then place it where you've seen ants. Or sprinkle cinnamon powder along windowsills, baseboards or door entries to stop ants from entering.
Pepper is another kitchen staple that everyone has and uses to season food. However, it can also be used as a home remedy for ants.
Sprinkle pepper wherever you have an ant problem. The smell will irritate them and they'll go away. You can use cayenne or black pepper as your natural ant repellent.
This natural ant repellent is somewhat mysterious. Ants use scent as a way to navigate. By drawing a line of chalk where you noticed ants, it seems to disturb the trail of smell and confuse ants. They won't cross the line anymore and will go away.
Like the chalk line trick, you can also get your finger wet and draw a water line where you noticed ants last. This will also deter ants, disrupt the smell and help get rid of your ant problem.
Take a pump of hand or dish soap and mix it with some hot water and put it into a spray bottle. You can use this concoction to spray down countertops, entryways or other areas you've noticed ants marching about.
Use this natural ant repellent as a way to rid your home of the ant problem while cleaning at the same time.
Tea tree oil is another natural ant repellant. Like the other essential oil remedies, you can use tea tree oil mixed with water as a spray to repel ants or you can saturate cotton balls in tea tree oil and place those cotton balls around the house in high-trafficked ant areas.
Both remedies will work, but be careful to keep this away from pets if you're a pet owner.
Who doesn't have a morning cup of Joe? Well, instead of throwing away your coffee grounds, you can use them to repel ants.
Simply sprinkle the coffee grounds around countertops, windowsills, doors, the pantry or any other area you've seen ants crawling around. This hack will rid you of ants and you'll get more use out of your coffee each day.
This last approach on how to get rid of ants is a bit messier, but it's effective.
Do you notice a large cluster of ants or a hive instead of just one or two? If you see a hive of ants, cover it with corn starch and then dump water on it. This will kill the hive entirely.
Popular among plant enthusiasts, neem oil keeps bugs off of house plants and its repelling abilities extend to other parts of your home besides just plants.
Fill a spray bottle with water and mix in one to two teaspoons of neem oil, then spray it along the ant trail.
One of the most effective solutions for small pests and bugs, including ants, is diatomaceous earth. It's a type of silica in powder form that has a jagged structure, which pierces the exoskeleton and causes dehydration.
It's non-toxic and you can purchase food-grade diatomaceous earth, which means it's safe for humans and even pets. Just sprinkle the powder anywhere ants are present so they'll walk through it.
Ants aren't fans of acidic citrus fruits, like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges, making them a natural ant repellent.
Place citrus peels around the areas you're finding ants to deter them. For added measure, use naturally-scented citrus cleaners to wipe down those areas.
If you know there's a big group of ants somewhere close and you want to get rid of the root of the problem, borax is an effective way to target even an entire colony at once.
Create a mixture using half borax, half honey or syrup and set it out near the ants. They'll gather all that they can and take it back to their home with them to share. They'll eat the borax, which kills them pretty quickly, and if it's shared among the colony — it will get rid of all of them.
Ants are small and there are some things their digestive systems simply can't handle. Cornmeal is one of those indigestible foods and it's a natural ant killer.
Sprinkle cornmeal around areas you see ants. They'll gather it up and take it back to their colony and when the ants eat it, they won't digest it properly.
These 10 natural ant repellent suggestions are great if you already have an ant problem. However, there are ways to prevent ants from entering your house upfront.
No matter where you live, you'll likely see a few ants in your apartment at some point. However, there are easy ways to rid your home of these bugs using natural ant repellents from ingredients you probably already have on hand.