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Ants: Yeah, I Don’t Like Them Either


More than likely – no matter what you do, no matter what you try – you’ve had the same experiences as me. You can clean, you can vacuum, but you’ll still end up with these little buggers (no pun intended there) in your house somewhere.

But, there are all-natural ways of getting rid of them, and even deterring them from coming into your home. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

First, let’s deter them as much as possible. Here are some things you can try to keep them from coming into your home that you might not have heard of before…

Diatomaceous earth is a type of silica made of fossilized remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms (a type of plankton).

Diatomaceous earth isn’t a poison. It will actually kill ants and other bugs because it affects their exoskeleton. I know, big word! But it really does work. Just avoid breathing it in or getting it on your skin – it can really irritate you and can definitely make you cough like crazy! Just sprinkle it outside, around window and door frames. Not inside your home. But it won’t affect your pets either!

Glass cleaner and dish soap – this removes the pheromone trail that ants leave behind – which attracts more ants.

  1. Mix glass cleaning spray with liquid detergent (dish soap) into a clean spray bottle.
  2. Spray the mixture on areas where ants seem to enter from or congregate around.
  3. After spraying, wipe down the area leaving a light residue.
  4. Repeat the above steps as often as needed.

White vinegar – Here’s another way to get rid of the pheromone trail – and this will also kill those little dudes. White vinegar – something you more than likely already have in your cabinet!

Try using a 1-to-1 vinegar/water mixture to clean hard surfaces, including floors and countertops, wherever ants are likely to travel. If you see ants, spray the mixture on them or wipe them up with a paper towel.

Brewed coffee grounds – If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll love this! Just take some of those brewed grinds and place them on index cards. Leave them near your pet’s bowls, on windowsills – anywhere where ants are congregating. They hate the smell and will vacate the premises!

Hopefully some of these methods help you while you battle these buggers throughout the summer months. Let me know what does and doesn’t work for you – or if you have other tricks up your sleeve!

Thinking of buying a home in Greenville or our surrounding areas? I’d love to chat with you! We’ll find your dream home – together! Sellers – don’t forget to contact me in regards to selling your home too! My email is, and my direct phone is (864) 275-3953.

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