Get Rid of Ants Naturally, Inexpensively, and Permanently

Photo credit:

Photo credit:

4. Coffee Grounds

For some unknown reason, ants don’t like the way coffee smells. So take those used coffee grounds and sprinkle them around the perimeter of your home, at entry points, and in the garden, to keep them out of your way. Find out more 15 outstanding ways to recycle used coffee grounds.


5. Salt

Now salt won’t kill ants, but they won’t walk over salt for some reason. Sprinkle salt everywhere you think they might enter or hang out such as along cement cracks, in garbage pails, outside trash cans, under doorways. Just be sure to keep it out of anyplace you want to grow plants because although salt will not kill ants, it certainly does kill plants.


6. Chalk

This is a folk remedy that works although no one knows the reason why. Ants will not cross a chalk line. So grab some chalk from your kid’s toys, or buy some at your local dollar store, and draw all over your property so keep ants from trespassing on your property. You will need to reapply after it rains, however.


7. Corn Meal

This won’t kill those ants directly, but if you find that ants have decided to live, for example, underneath your house, so you can’t reach the nest directly, corn meal is the way to go. It’s harmless to animals and humans, so leave little containers all over your property and in rooms where you find ants. They love corn meal! Their bodies just can’t process it. So ants eat the corn meal, take it back to the nest with them and pass it along but within hours it swells up in their stomachs and they die.

Continue to Page 3

PrevPage: 2 of 3Next

One Comment

  1. Maria

    Dec 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

    When I was younger, my grandma used to put baking soda in the sink and other kitchen surfaces to prevent ants from appearing. The ants would eat the baking soda, and it killed them somehow. I thought this method had died out and people only used products bought from the store which had thousands of chemicals in them. So I was pretty surprised when I read that baking soda is still used in different combinations as a method to kill ants. I wanted to try other ways that are natural and non-damaging to surfaces since I have a new house and small children, so I wouldn’t want anyone of them sticking their hand accidentally into the baking soda and eating a hadfull of dead ants…so do you have any suggestions?