In this brief blog, we will answer the question,”Does vinegar kill ants?” We will show you how to prepare a vinegar solution to kill ants. We will also discuss some natural ways that can be used to kill or repel ants.
Does vinegar kill ants?
No, vinegar does not kill ants, but it does repel them. The only way vinegar can kill ants is if they drown in it. Ants are naturally known to steer clear of vinegar. They do not like the smell of vinegar and this causes them to stay away.
Ants usually move in a straight line towards the food sources and if you use a vinegar solution it interrupts with their pheromones and makes them get lost.
How do you prepare a vinegar solution to repel ants?
There are a variety of options that you can use to mix your vinegar solution so as to repel ants. Let’s take a look at some of them:
You can mix water and White vinegar in equal proportions inside a spray bottle. Then proceed to spread that solution in areas where the ants frequent so as to prevent their infestation.
You can make the solution more concentrated by avoiding mixing it with water and only spreading the white Vinegar in the affected areas. This will result in a more potent smell and you will get rid of the ants more quickly.
What are some natural ways to kill and repel ants?
Diatomaceous earth (silicon dioxide)
Diatomaceous earth is a type of powder which is derived from fossilized algae which are known as diatoms and are a type of plankton.
Diatomaceous earth is not poisonous however it does kill ants and other insects through absorption of the oils in the skeletons which causes them to dry out and eventually die. You should however take care because diatomaceous earth is an irritant and it can irritate you if you breathe it or if it gets on your skin.
Ground black or red pepper
Black or red (cayenne) pepper is another powerful natural ant deterrent because it irritates the ants and they naturally find the smell to be very troublesome.
To use the ground peppers as a method to repel ants, sprinkle the pepper around any appliances, areas and baseboards that they frequent. Anecdotal evidence has found this to be a very safe method to repel ants.
Boiled water is another quick and convenient way to kill ants. You only need to boil some water and pour it on the ants to kill them instantly. This can be used on any anthills but you should note that it may not be sufficient to kill any entire colony.
Because of that you should ensure that you treat any ant hole that is close to your home.
Peppermint is a well known and effective natural insect repellent that is effective in repelling both ants and other bugs such as mosquitoes. In order to use peppermint essential oil as an ant repellent follow the below instructions:
- Mix ten to twenty drops of peppermint essential oil with about two cups of water in a mist bottle.
- Spray the mixture in areas where the ants frequent such as baseboards, behind appliances and windows
- Allow the mixture to dry up. You can repeat to increase the effectiveness as much as needed.
Tea tree oil
Similar to peppermint oil, tea tree oil can be effectively used as an ant repellant. To use this method, follow the below instructions:
- Mix some five to ten drops of tea tree essential oil with some two cups of water in a mist spray bottle.
- Then spray the mixture in the houses around areas where the ants frequent. You can as well saturate some cotton balls with the mixture and then place them strategically in areas where the ants frequent around the house.
If you find the smell tobe too powerful, you can make a blend of tea tree oil, peppermint oil and water.
Brewed coffee grounds can also be used to repel ants. You can use this method by sprinkling any freshly brewed coffee grounds on surfaces such as index cards and in areas where the ants frequent.
You can also place the coffee grounds on windowsills. Take note that the coffee grounds naturally lose their strength when they dry up so you should frequently change them.
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In this brief blog, we have answered the question,”Does vinegar kill ants?” We have shown you how to prepare a vinegar solution to kill ants. We have also discussed some natural ways that can be used to kill or repel ants.