How to Get Rid of Ants

If the ants have come marching two by two—or, God forbid, 10 by 10—it’s time to put an end to the parade. Here’s how.

You will need

  • A kettle of boiling water
  • Insecticides
  • Soapy water
  • A sponge
  • Baited ant traps

Step 1 Figure out what kind of ants you have.

Step 2 If you spot some ants, don’t panic and immediately kill all the ones you see.

Step 3 If possible, locate the ants’ nests in and around your house.

Step 4 One chemical-free way of eliminating ants is to pour a kettle full of boiling water on the nest.

Step 5 There are various chemical powders or sprays you can use to kill the ants in the nest.

Step 6 After you’ve eliminated the nest, you can use a sponge and some soapy water to wipe away remaining ants and their scent trails.

Step 7 You can also try placing baited ant traps along the ant trails and near the nest.

Step 8 To keep ants from returning, keep your home clean and sanitized. Your countertops may look clean, but even if you can’t see any dirt or crumbs, teeny tiny bits of food might be there—turning your home into an ant cafeteria.

Step 9 Keep ants out by making sure your home is well sealed. Check doors, windows, wood surfaces, and exterior walls for spots the critters can get in.

Step 10 Be on the lookout for water damage. If water causes wood to rot, this can attract carpenter ants.