Don't Kill Ants: Try 1 of these Humane Alternatives

You don’t have to kill ants with cruel traps or toxic chemicals to keep them from spreading disease in your home.  Rather steer clear of hazardous insecticides and use these simple tips to repel them.

Don’t Kill Ants, Repel Them

The easiest way to keep ants at bay is to not feed them. Keep your house, especially the kitchen, clean and crumb free. Keep human and pet food in glass jars and sealed containers and remember to always tightly seal and dispose of garbage. Washing the floors and cabinets with equal parts water and vinegar will deter the ants from coming back. 

Follow the ants to see where they are entering the house and where their nest is. Seal any cracked walls and use chalk to outline their entry points, as they won’t cross chalk lines.

Humane Ant Control Tips

Scatter these natural ant repellents around your home as part of your ant control plan.

  • Used coffee grounds
  • Powdered chili
  • Ground citrus peel
  • Equal parts vinegar and water
  • Ground cinnamon

If the ants keep returning to your home, you can also move or destroy their nests. If you don’t want to kill the ants, first lure them out of their nest with a teaspoon of honey.