Mike Red

Mike is the owner and founder of Reliable Termite Solutions with over 25+ years of experience.

Controlling Ants Without Using Pesticides

Keeping ants out of your home is easier when you prevent them from getting inside in the first place. In our field, we have a phrase for non-chemical methods to control ant and other pests, which we call Integrated Pest Management (IPM for short). IPM for ants involves finding ways to physically block them from entering your home, as well as removing the things that attract them. By following these tips, you can control ants without using pesticides.

Ways to Keep Ants Away

Seal Gaps and Cracks with Caulk

To prevent ants from getting inside, make sure to close off all the ways they could get in. Take some time to inspect your home and keep an eye out for any cracks and gaps around windows, doors, and the foundation.

Are Trees or Foliage Touching Your Roofline?

Keep tree branches and vines away from your house to stop ants from using them as paths to get inside. Check and trim any plants near your house regularly.

Create a 2-Foot Barrier At Base Of Home

It's a good idea to keep a clear two-foot area around your home without plants or tall grass. It's best to have bare dirt, but you can also use mulch or gravel as long as you don't water this area. If you water it, ants might start making their nests under the mulch.

Potted Plants On Risers

Potted plants can serve as nesting spots for ants. Elevating the pots with risers prevents direct contact with the ground, facilitating proper drainage and eliminating the possibility of ants nesting in or under the pots.

Find Any Water Leaks

Ants are attracted to moisture, so it's important to get rid of any water sources by fixing leaks around the house. One common source of leaks that people often overlook is a leaking water spigot. If you notice that it's not shutting off completely or if it's leaking, it's time to replace it.

Do Not Overwater Your Yard

Remember to water your lawn and garden carefully, making sure to water plants evenly and only when they really need it. Also, make sure that water can drain away properly from your house to avoid any pooling. Following these watering tips can help stop ants from hanging out in your yard.

Managing Food Sources

Let's be mindful of our furry friends - remember to put away pet food in sealed containers and avoid leaving it unattended. Be sure to keep think clean by sweeping your outdoor spaces regularly to get rid of any food crumbs. Additionally, wiping down counters and dining areas can help remove any food residue. And let's not forget to take out the garbage regularly to keep odors at bay.


Ensuring that ants stay out of your home without the use of pesticides can be achieved by employing exclusion methods. Effective strategies include sealing cracks, trimming foliage, creating plant-free barriers, elevating potted plants, fixing leaks, practicing proper watering, managing pet food, and maintaining cleanliness. These methods not only prevent ants from entering your home but also create an environment that is less attractive to them. By following these tips, you can maintain a pest-free environment that is less dependent on pesticides.

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