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Do Ants Like Vinegar? Or Is Vinegar A Good Treatment For Ants?

In this guide we look at the effects of vinegar on ants. Does it repel them? Can it kill them? is it an effective natural home remedy in the war against possible ant infestation? read on to find out all the answers.

Many people see vinegar as a potion with a million uses, and one of them being as a pest control solution.

Yes, aside from cooking, white vinegar is used for so many things. If you read a lot of life hacks, you know that you can use it for doing laundry, sanitizing things and cleaning just about anything.

But one vinegar hack has a lot of homeowners buzzing.

That’s right.

You can use it to stop ants from infesting your house. So do ants like vinegar? It’s a big, fat “no.”

Various bottles of vinegar on a wooden table

Vinegar is great for warding off ants because of its strong smell.

Vinegar Treatment

There are plenty of variants to the vinegar treatment. One popular method is to mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray infested areas in your home with this concoction to deter ants from going back to their usual spots.

You can also skip the water altogether and use 100% white vinegar. This way, your mixture’s tangy smell is stronger and more likely to repel the pesky insects.

Remember that the vinegar’s smell disappears over time, so you have to spray a liberal amount as often as necessary.

Why don’t Ants like Vinegar?

Since we already know that the answer to the question “Do ants like vinegar?” is a flat no, let’s look at why they hate it so much.

Ants can’t stand powerful smelling things like essential oils, garlic, lavender and yes, vinegar. What may seem harmless to our noses is actually incredibly irritating to them.

Vinegar affects ant behavior in general. That’s because when ants walk around, they leave a trail of pheromones. These are chemical signals that they use as communication channels. Ants need the line of pheromones to coordinate with each other.

What vinegar does is that it blocks the traces of pheromones with its overpowering smell. The ants won’t be able to pick up the trails using their antennae so they panic and take a few steps back.

Does Vinegar Kill Ants?

Ants crawling about at the bottom of a door inside a home

There are a lot of speculations online. So before we explain how vinegar really works, let’s get one thing straight:

Vinegar DOES NOT KILL ants.

Well, at least not in a way that insecticides or pesticides are supposed to. You see, vinegar doesn’t have the chemical composition strong enough to poison ants. You can, however kill ants, with enough vinegar to drown them. But that’s something even normal water can do.

Related: Vinegar may not kill ants, but salt does!

As we’ve mentioned, what white vinegar is only capable of doing is repelling ants. Vinegar can stop ants, and even other insects, from infesting certain places in your home. It can also act as a barrier around the kitchen or around the food that you’re storing.

The household ingredient does a very good job of blocking ant pheromones that it can make ants lose control over their pathways and communication systems.

Here’s a case study video from GoGoGadgetGirls that documents the answer to the question: Do Ants like vinegar? It shows us are real-life scenario on how vinegar truly affects ants.

So vinegar is not the natural insecticide that people think it is, but it works fine as a repellent. Consequently, if your ant troubles aren’t that big, you can use vinegar to spray portions of your house once in a while.

But if you’re looking for something that will really get rid of ants, try other treatments that really go for the kill.

Managing Editor & CEO Jack has been writing as a contractor and for businesses for over 10 years. He owns his own home, and has been doing his own pest control since he bought his first house.

1 thought on “Do Ants Like Vinegar? Or Is Vinegar A Good Treatment For Ants?”

  1. Ummm… Yes, vinegar will kill ants. I use a white vinegar, water and dish soap combination and it kills ants immediately.


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