Natural remedies to get rid of ants include using vinegar, spices, chalk, coffee grounds, and citrus and cucumber peels. Some of these remedies work because ants dislike strong scents.
Equal parts of water and vinegar can be used to wipe down cabinets and counter tops. The strong smell of vinegar destroys scent trails used by the ants to find their way around. Drawing a line with chalk or talcum powder outside the house repels ants. Strong smelling spices such as chili pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and garlic, when sprinkled around the house, gets rid of ants. Bay leaves left in drawers and containers also have a similar effect.
Used coffee grounds give off a smell that ants dislike, and it can be sprinkled outside the house or in the garden. Ants feed on certain types of fungi, and they avoid citrus and cucumber peels, which are toxic to these fungi. The peels repel ants when placed in areas where ants have been seen.
A mixture made up of equal parts of borax and syrup or jelly is another effective remedy for ants. When ants eat the mixture, the borax kills them by destroying their digestive system and exoskeleton.