How do I make DIY ant spray?

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  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Apr 03, 2019

    Hi Anna - try some of these:

    Borax detergent can be used to control ants. Use a 50/50 solution of Borax mixed with sugar placed in a small cap. Place the cap near the ants.

    Besides Borax, try sprinkling a baby powder firewall near the ants' point of entry to make ants inside the home lose their scent trail, get lost, and eventually die.

    To discourage ants from coming into the house:

    • Put cucumber slices near cracks or entry points
    • Draw chalk lines around doorways and windowsills; ants don't like particles sticking to their feet.
    • Put bay leaves or sprinkle cayenne pepper where the ants are coming in; according to Planet Green, ants hate the scent of these.

  • Hi Anna - Those little buggers are relentless, aren't they?!? This is the most effective method and all-natural spray DIY that we use with ants. It's best indoors, but will also work outside with more frequent applications. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

  • Kim Kim on Apr 03, 2019

    I sprinkled corn meal around outside spigot where ants were forming galore. I used about half the box. Went out an hour later and corn meal was gone and I never saw another ant. I guess they cant digest it

  • Philipp Philipp on Apr 03, 2019

    If any beasties are outside I let them go about their business, but if they want to enter my domain then they are fair game.

    I use the Chaindrite spray, comes with a long metal tube, spray all around the base of the house, door and window frames, cable and water inlets/outlets. Once dry, rain does not affect it and even though the company say it is good for 6 weeks protection, I have known it to last much much longer.

    80 Baht a tin and I've seen it in every builders merchants I have been to.

    Haven't lost a child or family pet yet either.

  • Ginnyd Ginnyd on Apr 03, 2019

    Mint is supposed to repel ants. If planting where they are coming in the house, be sure to put it in a pot. It will take over the area. Try mint/water spray.

  • 1951 Ford 1951 Ford on Apr 03, 2019

    Has anyone tried vinegar?

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 03, 2019

    Use Amdro Ant bait put a little on trail ants carry to nest kills queen then nest/colony. Here are some of the most creative, albeit false, theories circulating the web:

    MYTH: Cinnamon kills ants.

    TRUTH: Ants don’t like cinnamon but unfortunately it doesn’t kill or repel them.

    MYTH: Vinegar kills ants.

    TRUTH: Vinegar just removes the smell/trace of ants. While it may help confuse or throw off the rest of the colony, vinegar alone might not be enough to rid your home of these bothersome insects.

    MYTH: Boiling water repels ants.

    TRUTH: If – and only if – the water is boiling will it kill the ants that it is poured on. However, it will not repel future ants from invading your home.

    MYTH: Ants won’t cross a chalk line.

    TRUTH: A chalk/powder line may temporarily stop the ants (it’s the smell that “ disrupts the scent trail”) but it won’t be long before they figure out a way around the chalk/powder. We probably don’t have to tell you, but ants are very persistent creatures!

    MYTH: Uncooked grains, like oatmeal,cormeal or grits, will kill ants by expanding in their stomachs and then exploding.

    TRUTH: Despite popular belief, there is no evidence that ants can be killed off by dumping grains in or around the “hive.” What we do know is that only the oldest members of an ant colony can digest solid food. The adult, worker, and reproductive ants, can only digest liquids.They just carry the grains you provide to colony to feed others.

    And the biggest ant control myth of all?

    As long as you kill or remove the ants you can see, your problem is solved.