What Helps Get Rid of Ants Coming Through the Drain?

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What Helps Get Rid of Ants Coming Through the Drain?
Ants are attracted to water and are often found in sinks and drains. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Ants are frequently seen in and around sinks and drains, but they are not likely getting in the house this way. Tubs and sinks are wet places that are usually not dried after being used. Consequently, drains are prime locations in which to spot an invasion of ants marching into kitchens or bathrooms. There are many ways to eliminate the ants while keeping your house and family safe from toxins.

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White Vinegar

Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, and pour it into the drain. Ants abhor the scent of vinegar and avoid coming into contact with it. Apply some to a sponge and wipe down the countertops and the sink. Use it on the stove and to clean cupboards and shelves. Vinegar erases the scent trail that ants leave to find their way back to the food source.

Scented Soap

Purchase some bars of scented soap for a handy tool to eliminate ants. The ants are attracted to the fat content in the soap. When they consume it, they get dehydrated and die. You can add some sugar to the bars of soap to entice the ants to partake. You can also mix some dish soap and water and place it in a spray bottle. Squirt liberally on your uninvited visitors and watch them flee.


Citrus and Orange Oil

Slice some oranges or lemons and place them around the drain. Ants do not like the scent of citrus and will avoid it. Or, purchase some non-toxic orange oil and apply it to the areas ants are frequenting in your sink. Orange oil is biodegradable and non-toxic. It will kill the ants while acting as a cleaner. You can create your own by placing orange peels in water and allowing it to stand for three days.


Combine one teaspoon of borax with one cup of sugar. Add one litre of water and mix well. Pour the mixture over some cotton balls and place them in small containers, such a baby food jars or yoghurt cups. Punch holes in the lids and place the baits in the proximity of the ants. They will consume and transport it back to the nest to share. Borax is a mild toxin. Keep away from children and pets.

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