Cinnamon & Citrus. Coffee too! Quick Tricks to Avoid An Ant Invasion.

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

May 24, 2015 3:48:00 PM

Spring has officially sprung and with it comes lots of things we love -- like sunshine and flowers and lots of picnics. But let’s be honest -- even Spring has a downside. It’s also ant season. And for many of you, that means ants in your yard, at your outdoor events and even in your homes.

Here at earthkind®, we’re all about the natural solutions -- so much so, we even created a product that’s made with essential oils -- guaranteed to send ants marching in a different direction. But we also know that sometimes you need a quick fix, so we’ve been sharing what we call “kitchen cupboard solutions” on our Facebook wall over the last few weeks. Just in case you’ve missed any of our #AntBites, we thought we’d gather them all right here for easy access.

Keep watching our Facebook page, because we’re not done yet. June brings even more uninvited guests -- so next up -- #SpiderBites!

Moisture is an ant’s best friend.April_23_FinalApril showers bring May flowers -- but they also bring out ants.


Use a dehumidifier in your home as moisture increases this Spring. Next to food, moisture is an ant’s best friend.out ants. ‪#‎AntBites

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Cinnamon adds a sweet kick to just about everything. From breakfast rolls to apple pie. It’ll even nudge the ants out of your kitchen. #AntBites

Sprinkle cinnamon on surfaces where you’ve seen ants congregate in your home.

The domestic spice acts as a dermal irritant to the tiny insects and they’ll be working their way towards sweeter surroundings.

Tiny cracks open up the door for tiny visitors

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You may think your house is safe and secure, but from an ant’s perspective, the tiniest crack is like a neon welcome sign. #AntBites

Be sure to seal up any cracks that ants can crawl through with caulking from your local hardware store. Extra bonus: better temperature control and lower energy bills!

Don’t throw away citrus peels

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Lemons, limes and oranges may add zip to your favorite drinks. But ants see them as the enemy. ‪#‎AntBites

Fresh citrus peels are toxic to the fungi that ants feed on. Spread them around the areas where you see ants meeting up and they’ll be looking for a new place to congregate.

Draw the line and ants won’t cross it

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When it comes to ants in your home, you need to draw the line. We suggest using chalk. ‪#‎AntBites

Block their entryway with a thin line of chalk or baby powder. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent.

Vinegar Has Super Powers

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There are few things an ant dislikes more than the strong smell of vinegar.‪#‎AntBites

If you’ve spotted ants in your kitchen, spray down your countertops with vinegar. It will clear the scent trail they use to get around and convince them to find a sweeter smelling home.

Ants Could Do Without Their Morning Coffee

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You may love your morning coffee, but ants could do without it. ‪#‎AntBites

To deter ants, sprinkle coffee grounds outside and around your garden. The smell repels them and they’ll be looking for a less caffeinated place to hang out. 

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Want to keep your home clear and clean of ants? #AntBites

Put a thin line of dry laundry soap around baseboards, windows and other areas where you see ants beginning to gather. The scent of detergent will turn them away. It’s too much for their tiny bodies.

Fresh, Clean and Ant Free

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A little bit of lemon juice goes a long way. #AntBites

The scent of lemon makes your house smell fresh and clean, but there’s an added bonus you may not be aware of. The citrus smell will throw ants off course. Wipe your countertops down with a mixture of water and lemon juice and their scent trail will be compromised. They’ll be on their way to greener pastures.

For a long-term solution, be sure to check out Stay Away® Ants -- earthkind's, guaranteed effective, natural pest protection. And for those of you who have a problem with spiders, we’ve got a natural solution for you as well -- Stay Away® Spiders

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Topics: Pest Control

Kari Warberg Block
Kari Block, founder and CEO of Earth-Kind, Inc. is an inventor, serial entrepreneur and small business champion with a passion for growing people, products, ideas, and business through a sustainable approach. Kari is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Blog and Entrepreneur.

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