Need a quick, easy, cheap, natural fix for ants in your home? You’ve come to the the right place!
Spring is here! For us that means gorgeous weather, fresh air breezing through our little casa, enjoyable spring cleaning (so far, enjoyable).
Unfortunately this spring, it also meant ants. I’m thinking they came through our screened window in the bathroom. There was never a trail, so it’s hard to say for sure. And when you can’t tell where they’re coming from, how do you find the source? The answer for me was to just spray everything and everywhere. (And with this amazing natural ant killer, it’s okay to spray everything!)
We had ants in our apartment a couple years ago when my parents were about to visit. Of course, the ants were in the guest bedroom where my parents would stay. And this time there was a trail; I just couldn’t find the ultimate source (I think it was under the bed, coming out of a phone jack). Every time I sprayed with Raid, there would be a trail of dead ants, and then (eventually) another trail would form of live ants right above the previous (dead) ant trail. After each time I sprayed, the trail would get longer than it did before! They eventually made it out of the guest room, into the little hallway, and around the corner into the kitchen. It was incredibly frustrating.
Being renters, it’s natural to think that the obvious fix is to tell your landlord. However, this is not my first encounter with pests in these apartments. Suffice it to say, there’s more than one reason I didn’t want to have our landlords run to the rescue, so that option was out for me.
So with Raid not working and my not wanting to have the place fumed, I began Googling my options. I love finding options that are so cheap and easy that it’d be silly not to try them. Now that this salt water solution has worked for me on two separate occasions (about two years apart from each other), I think it’s a must-try!
Here are my conclusions of Raid vs salt water:
Pros to using Raid
- It comes already made; all you have to do is buy it
Cons to using Raid:
- It doesn’t work; the ants came back (case closed!)
- It’s toxic
- It’s expensive (comparatively)
Pros to using salt water:
- If you already have a spray bottle, it costs about $.20 or less to make
- Salt is a common household product
- It’s natural (non-toxic)
- You can spray it just about anywhere without having to wipe or clean it up (huge plus when you can’t find the trail!)
- It works at killing ants AND keeping them away!
Cons to using salt water:
- You have to own or buy a spray bottle
- You have to make it yourself
- It might not work perfectly the first time (took me about 3 rounds of spraying for the ants to stay gone)
Disclaimer #1: I have no idea what kind of ants we had. I don’t have any more ants, or else I would post a picture of them!
Disclaimer #2: the amount of salt seems to matter more for your spray bottle’s sake than for ensuring dead ants (my spray bottle got clogged when I tried to use too much salt)
What you will need:
- Clean spray bottle (bought mine from the dollar store)
- 3 tablespoons of regular table salt
- Warm water to dissolve the salt
- Pour salt into your clean spray bottle.
- Pour warm water into your spray bottle; put lid on.
- Shake to dissolve salt and mix thoroughly.
- Spray wherever you see ants, wherever you saw ants recently, wherever you think the ants want to go next, just spray everywhere!!!
- Come back a couple hours later to see only a fraction of the ants that were there before.
- Spray all live ants and any areas you think you missed.
- Continue until there are no more ants. This should only take a handful of times.
For me it took about 3-4 times over the span of a few days. When I did this a couple years ago, I only remember spraying once, but my memory could be failing me on that one.
I hope this helps get rid of your frenemy ants!