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 taken a look at the possibility of using lemon to deter ants, in this post, we are going to take a look at using vinegar to get rid of ants.

What you will learn in this post:

  1. How to use vinegar to get rid of ants.
  2. Which vinegar to use.
  3. Frequently asked questions.

5 Ways To Use Vinegar To Get Rid Of Ants

Why Use Vinegar To Get Rid Of Ants?

There are a few questions that we need to answer before we move onto explaining how to get rid of ants 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 to get rid of ants, and that is because it is!

Ants simply do not like vinegar. Whilst we do not understand why, we can only assume that they either do not like the scent, or they fear the acidic properties of the vinegar, or they 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, both of 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 very easy to go and pick some up from a local store.

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

What Vinegar Is Best?

White vinegar is the best vinegar to get rid of ants! This kind of vinegar has been used for years due to its cleaning prowess.

Ultimately, if you want to use vinegar to get rid 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 mixture 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 it corners of your home that have gaps to let ants in. These are the areas where the dishes should be added.

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 very strong scent and will remain moist for at least 1 day (in hot weather, longer in a cooler climate), and the scent will last weeks!

Vinegar balls are an excellent way of using vinegar to get rid of ants.

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 be able to find the route through to the food source. It is then when they follow the initial stages of trying to find a food source where they seem to wander around randomly trying to find food!

Frequently Asked Questions


Why does vinegar kill ants?

Vinegar kills ants only if you use enough for them to drown in the liquid. Not only does vinegar kill ants, but it also cleans the area thoroughly enough to get rid of the chemical trail used by ants to direct other ants to a food source. Also, the vinegar will deter ants from coming back to that area.

How long does it take for vinegar to kill ants?

When I have sprayed vinegar onto ants in the past, they have died within minutes. 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 white vinegar, you are also killing the chemical trail that ants have set up to direct other ants to a food source.

What is a natural way to get rid of ants?

I suggest using 2 natural methods to get rid of ants. You can use vinegar, or you can use lemon. Using lemon to get rid of 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 get rid of ants! We have also given you reasons why you should consider using vinegar to get rid of ants.

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 it useful once again!

Mix up a spray, 50/50 vinegar and water, and use it to spray 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.

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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