Top 12 Natural Ways to Deal with Ant Infestations

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Cooler temperatures and changing leaves announce that fall is here. This means the holidays are right around the corner, with parties, get-togethers, and plenty of home-cooked meals.

It also means that ants are on the move, too, hoping to find a warm place with plenty of food for the winter. Your house seems to work well for them! If you don’t like the idea of all those uninvited guests coming over for Christmas dinner, but you also don’t want to use toxic, harmful chemicals in your home, there are plenty of other ways to deal with them.

Below are the top 12 ways you can kill or deter ants naturally. Let them go find their own homemade pumpkin pie!


1. Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

DE is made from the fossilized remains of plankton. It’s a white-ish looking powder similar to talc that kills all bugs with an exoskeleton, but it completely safe for mammals to eat, which means you can eat it, and your dog can eat it, but when ants eat it, DE cuts their insides to shreds. DE is ineffective when wet, so if you place some outside, replace it after a rain. This method doesn’t kill them instantly, but you should see results after about one week and great results after about 3 weeks. Find out 8 things you never knew about diatomaceous earth.


2. Lemon Juice

Although lemon juice is great for many things, ants don’t seem to appreciate that. They really dislike the acidic, sour taste. You can put lemon juice, diluted with just a touch of water, in a spray bottle and use around openings, such as doors, to discourage them from coming inside.


3. Cream of Wheat

An old fashioned remedy that works well is using cream of wheat cereal. Leave small containers of cream of wheat every place where you find ants. They eat it, and sometimes take some back to the nest. The cream of wheat swells up in their stomachs and explodes. This is another method that isn’t instantaneous, but will give you results within a few weeks.

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