7 Tips & Tricks to Get Rid of Ants Without Using Toxic Chemicals

Herbs and Lemon Oil

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

They’re everywhere. And they are almost impossible to avoid. We’re talking about ants: the unwelcome summer party guests that come every year.

The good news is there are several natural ways to keep these pesky insects out of your home. And better yet, most of these ingredients are most likely in your kitchen right now – and no toxic chemicals required!


Lemon juice

Ants rely on a pheromone trail to navigate, so the key to getting rid of them is to disrupt their scent. Lemon juice is great to use around your windows and doors. All you need is a small squeeze in those areas to deter the ants from coming inside.



White distilled vinegar and water is a great cleaning solution – not only do ants hate the smell, but it also eliminates their scent trail.


Peppermint oil

While you’re cleaning the house, sprinkle a few drops of peppermint essential oil on your cleaning towels. Ants don’t like the smell, and it’s also environmentally friendly.


Citrus peels

Citrus is toxic to the fungi that ants feed on, so ants instinctually stay far away from it. We recommend putting several peels outside your door, windowsills and other points of entry.


Draw a chalk line

If the door in your kitchen leads directly to the outside of your home, this is most likely where the ants are coming in. To keep them out, draw a chalk line on the outside part of the door. Chalk contains calcium carbonate, an excellent ant repellant.


Place herbs next to your sugary treats

Ants LOVE sugar and can smell it from miles away. A neat trick is to place herbs like sage and bay leaves near your sugary food to eliminate the sugar smell.


Practice good sanitation practices

Last but not least, keep your home clean! Keep food in storage containers, take out the garbage regularly and always clean the crumbs and spills that attract ants.

Getting rid of ants the natural way may require a bit more time and patience than using a can of spray, but it’s safer for your family and the environment. In the end, it’s worth it.



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