Especially in the warmer weather, lots of homes get ant pest control problems. Even seeing just one ant in your home can be a red flag, as the colony well send out a single scout and which leaves a scent trail for other ants to follow into your home. And once you have an ant infestation, it can be a real burden. Ants are hardy, meaning they are difficult to exterminate once there is an infestation.

If you find yourself in the position where ants are starting to be a problem, you might consider treating the problem yourself. However, be aware that pest control for ants using DIY methods is fine to try out, but they normally only kill a few at best.

If you’re looking for successful ways to get rid of ants, there are a few DIY methods that should be avoided because they simply don’t work. Read on to find out more…

  • Washing up liquid and water – This is a combination thought to remove the scent trails ants leave. Ants won’t like the smell of the detergent, but it’s only a temporary solution. The ants will return eventually.
  • White vinegar – This is thought to be a natural repellent. However it won’t be helpful against a large infestation of ants.
  • Peppermint oil – An old favourite all-natural method that is used to fight a lot of pests. If there are a few ants inside your home, it is a good solution. The oil can be used to remove their scent trails. If ants are entering your home from only one place you might be able to achieve something with peppermint oil. But because this is rarely the case, it proves ineffective against most ant problems.
  • Black pepper – People often mistake black pepper as a cheap ant poison. You can sprinkle it around the places where there have been ants as a deterrent, but it’s not an effective ant extermination method.
  • Cinnamon – This may work, but only if used for ant prevention. If you don’t currently have an ant infestation but have suffered from one in the past, you can use spices such as cinnamon and garlic around the doors and floors to keep ants away. Bear in mind that this method isn’t totally effective at ant prevention either.
  • A chalk line – A line drawn in chalk won’t deter an ant. An ant will cross the line. It won’t keep them away.
  • Coffee grounds – This is another method that won’t work for DIY ant control if you already have an infestation in your home. It should once again only be used as a prevention method, but won’t be that effective.
  • Borax bait – This is a very common home DIY ant control method. People mix the borax with sweet bait like peanut butter or sugar to attract the ants. This method that won’t kill an entire colony, just the scout ants. Plus you can’t use borax if you have children and pets around as it can be very dangerous for them.



The problem with trying your own ant control is that most of the methods don’t work at killing the entire colony. If you have an established ant infestation in your home already, by the time you’ve tried out ineffective DIY methods the ants will have continued to multiply and spread, causing an even bigger problem. This is why you are better of enlisting the help of a professional pest controller from the outset.