An Inside Look into Natural Ant Repellents

In a world of prevalent DIY solutions, it is easy to do a quick web search for ways to solve your pest problems. If there is a way to solve our problem quickly and without calling in reinforcements, the remedy seems pretty appealing.

The following natural remedies are safe for pets, but unfortunately, DIY ant repellents aren’t always 100% effective, especially long-term. The best solution to an ant infestation is always calling a licensed pest control company like Western Exterminator. That being said, we will dive into some of these home remedies to help you determine what solution is the best for your ant situation. Remember, using preventative measures will make ant infestations far less likely, and will reduce the need for any of these repellent methods.


Probably one of the most commonly suggested DIY home remedies, vinegar can be combined with water in a spray bottle for easy application. The solution should be sprayed in places ants are frequently spotted and also in places where food is kept. The strong scent of the vinegar will make it difficult for ants to find food.The same is true with the use of lemons. Scent trails are covered up and ants don’t know to return.

Though vinegar and/or lemons may appear to be working at first, the efficacy will only be short-term.


Cinnamon, another Cinnamon on a blue wooden backgroundstrongly scented item, may be helpful in repelling and even exterminating ants if the concentration is high enough. Ants hate the scent of cinnamon so they will want nothing to do with places that smell like it.

Cinnamon sticks and powder can be used, and essential oils are often more effective due to potency. This solution is best used at ant entry points, which may be difficult to determine without the help of a professional.

Other DIY Repellents

Dish Soap can be combined with water to spray or dump on ants. A 50/50 mix will be most effective.

Additionally, peppermint will have an effect similar to that of cinnamon. Essential oils or dried peppermint will help cover scent trails. You can even grow peppermint plants to generate the scent. Lastly, many believe that ants will not cross chalk lines. So in theory, if you draw a border around places through which ants often enter your home, the ants will not stay. Nonetheless, the food-desperate ants will quickly find another entry point.

If you are experiencing ant problems outdoors, you can sprinkle a 70/30 powdered sugar and baking soda mix. The sugar attracts the ants, and the baking soda is toxic to them. It is not recommended that this diy repellent be appied inside, as the fine powder can quickly get everywhere.


Homemade Traps

Peanut butter straw traps are easy to create but must use Boric acid to be effective. Combine peanut butter and Boric acid and fill a plastic straw with the material. Cut the straw into 1-2 inch pieces and spread them around the ant-infested area.

A molasses, sugar, and yeast trap may also help to control ant populations. Mix 2 parts molasses to 1 part sugar and yeast to create a sticky substance that can be placed on plates along the ant trail.

ant-controlWith the unreliability of natural ant killers, we cannot recommend or vouch for any of the solutions. The most effective way to deal with an ant infestation is to call in the experts. Western Exterminator has a range of services to help you take care of your pest problem. Click or call 800-937-8398 for a year-round pest control solution.

Ashley Smith

Ashley is a Digital Content Manager with Rentokil. She loves drinking coffee and spending time with her dogs.

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