Getting rid of pantry moths and ants in house is not easy. There is no polite way to put it. Ant invasions are just no fun. Ants can be annoying, possibly destructive little creatures and sometimes, we would rather they just go away.

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Unfortunately, they tend to show up where we least want them to be, they disrupt our environments, and everyone would like to know how to get rid of them most effectively.

How to kill and Get rid of Ants

But there are methods of eradicating ants that do not involve harsh chemicals or sprays that we would also rather avoid.

1: Starve Them Out!

First, it is important to know that most ants thrive on sugary or starchy food substances, and they are not choosy about where those foods are found. So, a good beginning is to starve them out! Give them nothing to eat or drink and they will soon forage elsewhere.

  • Seal all foods in airtight containers
  • Clean up any sugary spills such as juices or milk
  • Keep fresh and dried fruits sealed and/or hang them in a basket that denies access to ants. Never leave a basket of fruit sitting on the floor!
  • Wash dishes right away and keep trash receptacles sealed.

2. Re-route and Deter

Next, employ some methods to actually re-route and deter ant activity. Substances such as citrus or lemon oil, pine oil, cinnamon, clove, mint, sage, or coffee grounds are all quite unattractive to ants and will usually turn them away.

Soak a piece of twine in one of these substances and stretch it on the ground across an area where you want ant trails to stop, and they will usually not cross that line.

This can be very effective for areas such as where trash/recycling containers are stored, or at the bottom edge of doorways leading into the home.

3. Block Entry

Third, you can use caulking to seal closed any entry points where you notice ants persisting in entering your home. Once they can no longer gain entry, they will go elsewhere.

You can also spray white vinegar along any areas where ants have previously trailed or gathered, which will eliminate the scent they leave behind for other ants to follow.

An alternative would be orange oil mixed with water or a light solution of water and dish soap. Using plain vinegar tends to leave behind the least amount of residue.

4. Set A Sugar-Borax Trap

Note: Borax is a natural substance and a recommended eco -friendly pest control.  It is toxic if ingested.

You can lure the ants to another area away from your home. One successful recipe is:

  • Get a jar, In the bottom place a piece of toilet tissue.
  • Place ¼ cup  with borax and sugar in the jar.
  • Fill up jar completely with water and screw the lid on.
  • Punch a few holes in the lid using a toothpick or needle.
  • Place it where you want to get rid of ants.

Ants will be attracted to the sugar, but will be killed by the borax.

Note: This method will not kill the queen. If you’re looking to irradiate the colony try 1 Tablespoon Borax to 1/4 cup powdered sugar. It’s not strong enough to kill the workers right away. They will carry the sugar back to the queen.

WARNING: You must label the jar as “poison” and treat it the same as any other chemical you would keep out of the reach of children and pets!

Alternative Ways to Kill and Getting Rid of Ants in House

Oh ants, how I envy your organization skills. How I appreciate that you are most hard working and efficient of all insects.

But I don’t want you in my garden.


Luckily for me there is an easy solution for keeping you at bay. In fact I have two organic concoctions for you:

A. Garlic spray

Not only will you keep the ants away but any local vampires at bay as well. Steep 5 or 6 crushed garlic cloves in 4 cups of water for a few days. Strain and add to a couple gallons of water. Spray liberally around your garden perimeter but be careful not to spray directly on your veggies.

Not in the mood for so much stink? Looking for a more pleasant smelling brew?

B. Try This Minty Solution

Fill a spray bottle about half full and add a couple tsp. of peppermint oil. Believe it or not ants don’t like the smell of mint. Spray around the perimeter of your garden but be sure not to spray directly on your veggies.

Good luck and happy ant prevention!

Using these Eco-friendly methods, most homeowners are able to free themselves of pesky ants, and all without deadly sprays or noxious chemicals.