When Spring rolls around in your area, there is one clear indication… usually around the front door to your property or around your trash cans.

It is ants.

Hundreds of ants, all marching along the same line, having found a viable food source!

Whilst we have looked at the possibility of using lemon to deter ants, in this post, we will take a look at using vinegar to get rid of ants around your home.

What you will learn in this post:

  1. How to use vinegar for ant control.
  2. Which vinegar to use.
  3. Frequently asked questions.
Ant Control using vinegar to get rid of ants

Why Use Vinegar?

We need to answer a few questions before we move on to explain how getting rid of ants can be achieved with vinegar.

One question is why?

Let’s take a look…

Ants Do Not Like Vinegar

It may seem like the most obvious reason to use vinegar for ant control, and that is because it is!

Ants simply do not like vinegar. We do not understand why we can only assume that they either do not like the scent or fear the vinegar’s acidic properties, or just straight up don’t want to drown in it!


The best thing about vinegar is that it is a more natural way of getting rid of ants. Some folks do not like using insecticides because they have pets or children, which can be affected by some insecticides. Vinegar offers a great solution to this!

Easy Access

You are likely to already have vinegar in your home, and if not, it is straightforward to go and pick some up from a local store.

Also – vinegar has multiple uses, not just as an ant deterrent! It has been used for years as a very successful cleaning agent.

Which Vinegar Is Best?

White vinegar is the best vinegar option for ant control! This kind of vinegar has been used for years due to its cleaning prowess.

Ultimately, if you want to use vinegar to help rid your home of ants, then you should use white vinegar.

5 Ways To Use Vinegar To Get Rid Of Ants

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Make up a spray of water and white vinegar (50/50 mix). Add these ingredients into a spray bottle and apply it:

  1. Directly onto ants
  2. Onto an ants nest
  3. In areas where ants have been walking

The mixture will work in 2 ways.

  1. The ants will drown in the liquid. This is true if enough liquid is sprayed onto the ants.
  2. The vinegar will get rid of the chemical trail. This chemical trail directs other ants to a food source. If it is no longer present, then ants will lose their trail to the food supply.

Pour Onto Nests

Make up a mixture similar to the spray above; only boil the water first.

Pour this vinegar solution onto an ants nest to kill the ants and deter them from using that area in the near future. The vinegar scent will expire very soon, but it will stop the ants from building another nest there straight away.

Trays Of Vinegar

Apply vinegar into small Petri dishes and apply those dishes into areas prone to ant activity.

Trash cans, kitchen, and corners of your home that have gaps to let ants in. These are the areas where you should add the dishes.

Vinegar Balls

Soak cotton balls in white vinegar and apply those (on small trays) in areas where you have noticed ant activity.

These cotton balls will have a powerful scent and will remain moist for at least 1 day (in hot weather, longer in a cooler climate), and the scent will last weeks!

These balls are an excellent way of controlling an ant infestation.

Clean Areas Where Ants Have Been

Once they have found a viable food source, ants will leave a chemical trail so that other ants know to follow it.

Once the ants have been cleared out of the way, the chemical trail remains for a period of time. By using vinegar to clean the area, they will not find the route through to the food source. This is also true for ant entry points.

When they follow the initial stages of trying to find a food source, they seem to wander around randomly trying to find food!

Why Does Vinegar Kill Ants?

There is nothing inside vinegar that will actively harm ants. Whilst it is good for keeping ants away, vinegar is not the best way to kill ants.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that it does not work. I have killed ants using vinegar and a mixture of vinegar and dish soap before.

When I have sprayed the mixture on ants, it only took around 20 seconds for them to die.

The good thing about using this as a solution is that it also cleans up the chemical trails used by ants, which means seeing other ants around that area is unlikely to happen in the short term! Close the ant entry points to make sure.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take for the vinegar to kill ants?

When I have sprayed vinegar onto ants in the past, they have died within around 20 seconds. It does not take very long at all.

When spraying the ants, I suggest you spray them in large numbers, wait 30 minutes, and then go back and clean up the dead ants.

By cleaning up the dead ants with the solution, you also kill the chemical trail that ants have set up to direct other ants to a food source.

What is a natural way to help with ant control?

I suggest using 2 natural methods to get rid of ants.

You can use vinegar, or you can use lemon. Using lemon to repel ants is an excellent, successful method because they seem to detest the smell of lemon juice almost as much as white vinegar!


If you want a natural and clean solution to your ant problem, then this page has given you 5 ways to use vinegar to help rid your home of ants!

We have also given you reasons why you should consider using vinegar to keep ants away.

Ants are one of the most common house pests that plague your spring and summer! You know when the weather changes because the ants start to appear and you need to figure out a way to get rid of them.

Whilst ants are not going to give you any nasty diseases; they do have the ability to bring in bacteria from outside your home. The ants will then tread it all over your kitchen countertops.

This is where your white vinegar will come in useful once again! Vinegar is excellent for all types of pest control issues.

Mix up a spray, 50/50 vinegar and water, and spray the mixture onto your kitchen countertops on a regular basis. Don’t worry about the scent, it doesn’t last very long, and the result is a clean countertop that ants will avoid.

Consider using lemon juice too.

Good luck!

About the Author

Pest Pro

Since 2008, I have become far too obsessed with DIY methods to get rid of pests! From cockroaches, woodlouse, ants, and other crawling pests, to flying pests such as mosquitos, I have searched far and wide for the best ways to combat these critters.

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