The kitchen is the last place you want any creepy crawlers–and it’s also the last place you want to be using harsh chemicals. Check out these tips for how to get rid of ants naturally:

Adhesive Tape

Is there a specific area where you always see ants? Whether it’s your cookie jar or near packets of sugar, grab some adhesive tape to solve the problem. Create a moat around the area by surrounding it with the tape–sticky side up–for homemade ant bait that will make sure the little critters stay put.


If you still have sidewalk chalk put away somewhere, you may want to think about pulling it out of storage. By drawing a line around all of the entry points in your apartment, you can ward off ants. The calcium carbonate in chalk actually repels the ants. Don’t worry–you don’t have to draw on your kitchen floor with chalk. Scatter powdered chalk around all entry points of your apartment to keep ants at bay.

White Vinegar

Grab a spray bottle and fill it with equal parts white vinegar and water. Spritz it all over your kitchen to get rid of the ants’ scent trails. If they are unable to smell their trails, they’ll stop coming around. For even more ant-fighting power, add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to create an excellent disinfectant, deodorizer and cleaner.


Ants aren’t a fan of the aroma of lemons. Squirt some lemon juice on the entryways of doors and windowsills, as well as into any holes or cracks where you frequently see the pests coming in and out. Then, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. You can also clean your floors by mixing the juice of four lemons with one-half gallon of water. Not only will your apartment be ant-free, but your kitchen will smell lemony fresh!

Spice Things Up

Send your ants packing by playing a little trick on them. They’re looking for sugar, so surprise them with something a little less sweet. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper along the back of your countertops or on your baseboards. This will send ants the clear message that their sweet teeth can’t be satisfied here.