Controlling an Ant Infestation Naturally

A half and half pile of coffee grounds and coffee beans.
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What You'll Need
Coffee grounds
Cream of wheat
Baking soda
Spray bottle

If you are experiencing an infestation of ants in your kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom, you need to get to the ant colony rather than focusing on individual ants. There are many solutions for both getting rid of and deterring ants. You can also, however, get them out of your hair using things you might never have thought of.

Go Natural

In your kitchen cupboards and refrigerator you can find many common products that are effective at getting rid of ants. Without resorting to chemicals or costly exterminators, you will see results quickly, and these remedies are safe for pets and children. Two easy solutions involve the use of common household items; one is coffee grounds and the other is vinegar.

Coffee Grounds

If you can locate the anthill, pour used coffee grounds atop it. When the ants eat it, they will implode. By pouring it directly on the colony entrance, it will go a long way in deterring the ants from foraging through your kitchen or bathroom. If you have trails of ants marching over your counters or window sills, sprinkle coffee grounds in their path. This will have the same result as pouring it onto the anthill only you will focus on a single trail of ants rather than the larger problem.


If you have ants crawling all over your houseplants or your vegetable garden, combine one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and apply directly to plants. Vinegar contains acids that are deadly to ants. Once ingested, they will not survive. Other home remedies for ant deterrence may involve the ants carrying indigestible food back to their colony. Vinegar is simply poison to ants, but it works nonetheless.

Poison Ants with Other Foods

If you really want to get rid of ants, you have to trick them into taking something back to their colony that is incompatible with their constitution. They may take coffee grounds back to their colony to feed the queen and the many workers. Another idea is to use dry grits. Ants will eat the dry pieces, drink water and the grits will expand in their stomachs, causing death. Cream of wheat will work the same way.

Other concoctions that are simply poisonous include mixing yeast with baking soda and either honey or molasses. Combined with the acids in their stomachs, the yeast and sodium bicarbonate create an indigestible mixture.

Dealing with an ant infestation is annoying, but your options for controlling the problem don’t always have to include chemicals. Natural, common house items like vinegar and coffee grounds can do the trick, poisoning them or their colony. Stick these with natural remedies so getting rid your problem poses no danger to pets or children.