Every now and then we get ants traipsing through our kitchen. Hundreds of the little blighters. I don’t leave food out, all food containers are sealed, and the kitchen is clean, but still the ants come and take over. Does anyone know of a home-made natural remedy for getting rid of ants? I don’t want to use chemicals.


Posted by no1ladydj, 24th April 2014


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  • Essential Oils (including Peppermint, Tee Tree, Lemon and Orange) are great for keeping ants away. Place a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe around entry points. You can also leave an oil-infused cotton ball in cabinets and other areas as needed. Repeat every few days until the ants are gone.



  • They are also attracted to some soaps. They kept going into the laundry of a friend of ours but they didn’t know why. After a couple of weeks they discovered they were going to soap that the owner, a tradesman was using to get glue and oil of his hands with. They were getting inside via a tiny little hole between the metal window frame and one of the bricks it was fitted to.



  • If you can find their entry point, a chalk line across it is supposed to stop them. Also, a mix of icing sugar and bi carb soda is meant to fe good too. The icing sugar draws them in and the bicarbonate kills them



  • Is it talcum powder? or is that for mice???



  • i think that we have to be careful of what we use when we have children or pets around



  • there are some good tips here off other mums



  • I used a mixture of peppermint oil, white vinegar & water and it stops the ants in their tracks. And no smell of chemicals either.



  • have you got rid of them at all



  • I’ve seen a lot of good tips about using eucalyptus oil when mopping to help detract lots of different bugs



  • I don’t know of any natural things



  • We put eucalyptus oil on a cotton wool swab and wipe it across their paths or around areas they are attracted to, perhaps the kitchen bin. We found they didn’t cross that.



  • baby powder works well with me as well



  • Baby powder works here :)



  • Yep we use talcum powder works for us



  • Talcum powder.ants dont like to cross it.camphor is also good


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