Does baking soda kill ants?

In this brief blog, we will answer the question,” Does baking soda kill ants?” We will explain what baking soda is. We will look at the science of how baking soda kills ants. We will also discuss some few natural ant control methods.

Does baking soda kill ants?

Yes, baking soda does kill ants and it does so when they consume it by drying their bodies from the inside. However, in order to kill ants you need to mix the baking soda with some sugar so that the ants are lured into eating it.

Baking soda is a safe and natural way of getting rid of ants. It has the advantage of being non-toxic to children in low amounts and also pets.

What is baking soda?

Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate and it is a popular ingredient used in making baked products where it aids in leavening and raising the final baked goods.

It is a natural occuring salt that is composed of the sodium cation and bicarbonate anion and tends to be alkaline with a pH of 9 in aqueous solutions.

It can also be used as a cleaning agent and it does a good job in removing the toughest of greases and mildews and thus useful in the cleaning of sinks and generally deep cleaning in your home.

Baking powder is usually made from an acid mineral of cornstarch to a tiny quantity of cornstarch. It is also known to be used in beauty products where it helps in improving the texture of the skin or hair as well as whitening teeth and the texture of the skin.

How does baking soda kill ants?

Baking soda kills ants by reacting with the acids present in the digestive system of an ant. As previously mentioned, baking soda is a base (alkaline) in nature and so it reacts with the acids in the ants digestive system and produces carbon dioxide.

This results in a change in pH in the ants body which is harmful to most ants, this will eventually result in killing the ants by drying them from the insides.

One disadvantage of using baking powder as an insecticide to kill ants is that it is not transferable to the rest of the colonies and so will not be successful in killing ants at home if they are just near contact.

The most ideal way of killing ants using baking powder is by mixing the baking powder with a liquid. The liquid should then be put near any ant trails or areas that you have seen the ants to flood or gather such as under sinks.

You can as well mix the baking soda in a dish or a bowl with some water and then place the mixturing again near an ant trail or in areas where ants gather or like to crawl on. 

Baking soda is a cost effective way of killing ants for people who shy away from spending a lot of cash on commercial insecticides as still functions and can provide relief against ants infestation.

What are some other alternative natural ant control methods?

Peppermint 

Peppermint  is touted as a potent natural insecticide that can aid in keeping ants away and it is also all natural devoid of any bad toxins such as those found in commercial insecticides.

To use peppermint as an insecticide all you have to do is place a couple of leaves in an ant trail around your house. Ants will naturally keep off this area and this will give you relief from the infestation.

You can also use peppermint oils spray to get rid of ants by killing them in your house. This can be done by directly spraying the surfaces where ants like to frequent and they will die when they cross the surface paths.

Vinegar

To use vinegar as a pesticide you need to mix it at a ratio of 50:50 with water and put the mixture in a spray bottle and give it a thorough shake.

Then spray the mixture in areas where there are ants and they die within minutes as the mixture works when it comes into contact with ants. 

The mixture does an excellent job of killing ant hills where they are a few say 1 or 2 in your home,

Vinegar is also a good cleaning agent and can be used in wiping kitchen counters, doorways and other areas where ants like frequenting.

You can read about more natural ways to kill ants here.

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have answered the question,” Does baking soda kill ants?” We have explained what baking soda is. We have also looked at the science of how baking soda kills ants. We have also discussed some few natural ant control methods.

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