Best Ant Repellent 2018

In this article, we’ve featured some of the Best Ant Repellent products in the market today to help create a barrier against the persistent ants.

As with any pest, the best way to seriously keep ants away is to keep your house free from food supplies to them (Related article: What do ants eat). By keeping the house clean and eliminating food source, it leaves the ants with no reason to stick around.

When it comes to dealing with ants, ants killer methods like the ant spray, powder, gel and bait are still more effective. Repellent will come in handy only after having success in getting rid of ants at home where they can be applied to help create that barrier against another invasion.

There are also many natural items that can keep ants away, these are some of the best options that you can easily buy off the shelves.

 ProductPrice
1Peppermint Essential Oil by Essentially KateS Check Price
2Safer Brand 51703 Diatomaceous Earth Powder Check Price
3Pest Repeller Plug-In Electronic Home Ant Repellent Check Price
4Anti-Ant Magic Pet Tray Check Price

1) Peppermint Essential Oil by Essentially KateS (with Glass Dropper)

The Essentially KateS Premium Peppermint Oil comes from East India, where the natural environment is perfect for producing high quality peppermint oils.

Peppermint is a natural insect repellent that can effectively keep ants away. Its strong smell not only keeps ants away but also disrupts their smelling capabilities, hence their ability to detect food sources.

To apply – simply mix about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil with 1 cup of water. Spray the mixed solution on areas where ants can be seen. Repeat twice daily until the ants are gone.

Try to sprinkle some dried peppermint at doorways and garbage areas. Also consider growing peppermint plants in your garden or in a pot.

Each purchase comes with a long glass dropper, a phenolic cap for storage and a detailed User’s Guide (sent via email).

Pros
  • Comes with glass dropper
  • Detailed user guide
  • Repels other pests as well
  • Smells great & fresh
  • Provides refund & replacement
  • Can be used both indoor & outdoor

2) Safer Brand 51703 Diatomaceous Earth Powder

This food-grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) by Safer Brand is non-staining and contains 100% Diatomaceous Earth powder. As with other DE,  it kills ants by touch or ingestion and killing can happen within 48 hours after contact.

It is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and have no adverse effects on the environment or humans when applied as directed.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) powder may look fine to human eyes, but under microscopic view, it actually has  really sharp edges that cut through the ants’ exoskeletons, which gradually causes their body to dry out.

To apply – simply sprinkle a thin layer on windowsills, under the fridge, around garbage cans and any areas at home where ants can be commonly sighted. Re-apply daily until ants are gone.

DE can be used both indoor and outdoor, and on top of ants, can also be used against bed bugs, cockroach, flea, earwig, silverfish and millipede.

Pros
  • Ants can’t build immunity from
  • Works both indoors & outdoors
  • EPA registered
  • Also kills other pests
  • Resealable packaging
Cons
  • Not as effective when exposed to moisture/ liquid

[May: Since DE does not contain any chemicals for ants to build immunity from, ants cannot develop a resistance to it.]

Note: Keep DE powder dry to maintain its effectiveness.


3) Pest Repeller Plug-In Electronic Home Ant Repellent (Ultrasonic + Electromagnetic + Nightlight)

The Ultrasonic Pest Repeller features three key functions: Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic and Nightlight function. It’s latest model has increased in its intensity and the range of ultrasonic frequencies to provide up to 5000 sq ft of protection.

It’s multi-frequency ultrasonic waves prevent ants from becoming immune or used to the sounds.

Each purchase comes with 6 Ultrasonic Repellers.

Pros
  • Money back guarantee
  • Child & pet safe
  • Up to 5000 sq ft protection
  • Non-toxic & eco-friendly method
Cons
  • Not as effective
  • Requires electricity

Installation – Plug repellent 30cm centimeter away from the floor and vertical to the floor. Avoid placing ultrasonic repellent behind any furniture as it will reduce its effectiveness. To increase effectiveness, several devices should be used.


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Anti-Ant Magic Pet Tray

The Anti-Ant Magic Tray is a ‘smarter mouse trap’ than most the anti-ant pet trays in the market that uses water as the main deterrent.

It is by made up of two pieces of platters facing each other, each with five levels and in the middle, there’s a gap of 0.5 cm. In order for ants to get to the food placed on top of the tray, it will need to navigate through the obstacle before they will succeed.

The logic behind how the Anti-Ant Magic tray works is that ants rely on the sense of smell (and to a certain extend, its sight) to find food, hence the tray takes on the space structure to separate the food placed from its smell and sight while it’s making its way across the obstacles.

Pros
  • Easy To Use
  • No need to refill water
  • No chemicals required
  • Can be used other than as pet tray
  • Patent US 6460288 Certification
Cons
  • Pricier than others in the market
  • Might not work with larger size ant species (i.e. outdoor ants, mountain ants)

Tip: Magic tray can also be keep food on the table away from ants.

>>Recommended Article: Best Ant Bait Stations


Final thoughts

Ant repellent are not really as effective as other pest repellent as ants are much more persistent and can seriously overcome and resist most of the repellent in the market (partly due to their strong exoskeleton).

To deal with ants, killing methods are still highly recommended. Consider applying ant spray and bait before implementing these repellents to help create that extra barrier.

Most importantly, is to have the discipline to keep your house clean. Natural repellents against ants (i.e lemon spray, cinnamon) could also be incorporated to keep your house smelling fresh and ant free.

What do you think about ant repellent against other ant killing methods? Which of these methods have you tried? Which is the most effective? Leave a comment to share with us.

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