How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Keep ants from intruding on your picnic or invading your home by using a few common household products that will naturally stop ants in their tracks.


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Got a home infestation on your hands? Before you call the exterminator, try these solutions to rid yourself of insects, rodents, and more.

You Will Need

  • Salt
  • Chalk
  • Spray bottle
  • Lemon juice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • White vinegar
  • Oranges
  • Petroleum jelly


  1. Step 1

    Sprinkle salt

    Sprinkle salt where ants are entering your home from outside to discourage them from intruding.

  2. Step 2


    Draw a chalk line around the yard and areas where ants are entering your home. The calcium carbonate in the chalk helps repel ants.

  3. Sprinkle powdered chalk around garden plants in your yard to keep the ants away.

  4. Step 3

    Squirt lemon juice

    Keep ants outdoors by squirting lemon juice around windowsills, doorways, cracks, and holes. Ants dislike the lemon smell.

  5. Step 4

    Use cayenne pepper

    Sprinkle cayenne pepper around countertops and baseboards to keep the ants away. Pour cayenne pepper down ant holes for a quick eviction.

  6. Step 5

    Spray vinegar

    Spray a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar around picnic areas, your child's play area, around windows, and by the foundation of your home to get ants marching to a new location.

  7. Step 6

    Repel with oranges

    Relocate ants by pouring a puree of orange peels and warm water along your home's foundation or into ant holes.

  8. Step 7

    Use petroleum jelly

    Smear petroleum jelly around your pet's food bowl to discourage ants from crossing the gooey moat.

  9. Male ants usually die soon after mating with the queen.