8 Organic Ways to Get Rid of Ants

Due to their acidity and bitterness, lemons have to ability to repel ants. Since they have no lasting side effects, it’s a good idea to put a little bit of lemon juice in the areas where ants usually appear.
8 Organic Ways to Get Rid of Ants

Last update: 13 October, 2018

Having the occasional ant in your house is fairly common and it’s not a threat as long as they don’t bother your food or garden. But when summer comes around, there are more ants around, and they can become a problem for both the inside and exterior of your house. Ants can make a disaster out of a garden and they can also invade your kitchen and pantry. Because of this, many people use a professional extermination service to get rid of ants.

There are also plenty of insecticides on the market that can help get rid of ants, but they’re usually loaded with toxic chemicals that can affect the health of your pets, your food, the garden, and even your own health.

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to these chemical-based products that will get rid of ants without negatively impacting your health and the environment.

Organic ways to get rid of ants

Garlic water

Cloves of garlic in a jar
The combined smell of sulfur compounds and fresh garlic is very irritating to ants. This natural treatment helps get rid of them, protecting your home.

What should you do?

  • Put several cloves of crushed garlic in a pot of water and let it sit for at least 24 hours
  • After a day has passed, simmer the garlic for 15 minutes.
  • Pour the liquid into a spray bottle and apply it liberally wherever necessary.


When rice ferments and forms a fungus, it can repel ants.

What should you do?

  • Spread some white rice around the areas where you see ants regularly.
  • When you do this, the ants will drop whatever they were carrying to bring the grains of rice to their nests.
  • Once in the nest, the heat will cause the rice to ferment, achieving the desired effect.

Orange rind

Orange peel to get rid of ants
Most people throw out their orange peel without realizing that they have amazing properties that can be used for better health and cleaning the home.

In this case, they contain a substance that’s toxic to ants.

What should you do?

  • Chop or grate the rind of an orange into small pieces, and scatter them around the areas where ants tend to be present.
  • They’ll carry the bits of rind to the next where it will release the toxic substance that kills them.


Yeast is very irritating to ants even though they also find it very appetizing. When you put yeast near an anthill, they’ll be drawn to the smell. However, when they eat it, it will kill them.

What should you do?

  • Mix 100 grams of dried yeast with a liter of water and 100 grams of sugar.
  • Put this mixture in small packets and distribute them around the yard or any area of your house that’s been invaded by ants.


Peppercorn to get rid of ants
Pepper is another natural ingredient that repels ants and will help prevent them from taking over your garden or your home.

What should you do?

  • Mix equal parts of ground pepper and water, and put it in a spray bottle.
  • Spray this on plants where ants invade or any troublesome area of the home.

Baking soda

This white powder will repel ants and keep them from ruining your garden.

What should you do?

  • Sprinkle baking soda around your plants or anywhere the ants wander.
  • You can achieve a similar effect by using salt, or ashes from a fire.

Wormwood tea

Wormwood tea to get rid of ants
Wormwood is a very bitter plant that ants find unpleasant. This natural ingredient will keep them away from your home.

What should you do?

  • Boil two liters of water and add a handful of the leaves and roots of the wormwood plant
  • Let the tea steep for at least five hours before spraying the liquid on any plants or household items that are invaded by ants.

Lemon juice and water

The acidity and bitterness of lemons are irritating to ants and will drive them away. However, this mixture only works for a little while and needs to be re-applied every day to achieve good results.

What should you do?

  • Squeeze the juice from one lemon into a cup of water, and pour it into a spray bottle.
  • Apply this mixture anywhere you see ants, and especially in a nest or anthill.
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