Using Chili Powder to Get Rid of Ants

Chili powder

Question

Ants are overrunning our home. Help!

Adriane

Answer

Ants are actually beneficial to the garden. They eat aphids and other critters that are bad for plants. The trouble is sometimes they decide to live inside the house instead of in the garden.

About a year ago we were introduced to chili powder as an ant deterrent. We were skeptical at first. How much chili powder is needed? Won’t the ants go around it? How long will it last? Does it really work?

The answers were simple: not much, no, long enough to work, and yes. Just a light sprinkling of the rust-colored spice in the path of the ants is all it takes. The ants do not go around the spice they turn around and go back from where they came. The chili powder can be cleaned up a few hours later. The ants don’t come back.


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