5 DIY Solutions for Ants

Ants. Every Aussie home has had them at one stage or another. We’ve all done something like this before – accidently leaving the pizza box out overnight and wake up to a line of ants across the kitchen bench. But sometimes, the infestation is more serious. For ongoing ant control, try these various at-home remedies that may work.


Roll up your sleeves and start with these strategies:

1. Vinegar

Grab the bottle of vinegar from your cupboard and the roll of paper towel. This all-natural remedy won’t put your kids or pets are risk. Get an old spray bottle that’s empty and fill it with 50% white vinegar, 50% water. Shake it and spray it on ants, whenever you see them. Keep the towel close to wipe them away. Easy!


2. Lemon

Similar to vinegar, lemon is another natural weapon of choice against ants. The acidic property of lemon juice is thought to mask an ant’s scent trail. In doing so, this will deter them. Squeeze some lemon juice into a glass and with a tea towel, rub some juice around door frames, along window sills, and other entry points.

3. Cinnamon

Ants dislike this sweet spice. Use cinnamon essential oil, not sticks or powder to keep them away. For a more targeted approach, soak a cotton ball in the oil and water, then wipe down troublesome spots.


4. Pepper

Ants love sugar, but steer away from pepper – the little sweet tooths! Sprinkle pepper at points around your home that you always spot ants around. They’re also not that into salt.

5. Peppermint

Repel many insects, not just ants, with peppermint. You’ll find ants will avoid areas where its present. Mix 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and a cup of water, then sprinkle it wherever you find ants. Repeat this twice a day. Got dried peppermint? Use that to sprinkle around, instead of the liquid mixture.


While all these solutions are great temporarily, it’s important to rule out an underlying issue.

Ditch the spray. Hire ant control specialists.

It’s tempting to grab a bottle of insect spray the next time you’re at the supermarket. Again, this might fix the family of ants that appeared overnight and are having a party in your pizza box. But it won’t get to the bottom of underlying infestations.

Ants are a nuisance. If you have no luck minimising ants in your house, call us. We’ll help keep them at bay for you, with professional treatments applied by a licensed pest control professional. Our external solutions include blanket sprays around the perimeter and garden of your home or applying fine granules. Our treatments infiltrate the nests through their natural foraging process.

Call Allrid, your local pest professional. Protecting your family and your home.


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Ian Bright