It can be annoying to deal with ants, especially if they invade your home and contaminate your food. The ants can be killed with various commercial insecticides, but you can also achieve the same results with a rubbing alcohol and water mixture. Alcohol gives you a safe, organic way to get rid of the ants without worrying about dangerous chemicals entering your house. You can prepare the alcohol mixture in a short amount of time.
How Does Alcohol Repel Ants?
Alcohol contains ethanol, which is present in beer, wine, and liquor. Ethanol dissolves an ant’s exoskeleton, which serves as a protective shell. The ant will become dehydrated and perish as a result.
In addition to being an ant repellent, alcohol also kills an insect’s ability to smell. Ants signal one another by leaving a scent trail behind them. An ant’s pheromone trail can be disrupted by spraying alcohol on it, making it difficult for other ants to trace its way.
Is it fair to presume that vodka can be used as an ant repellent? Nope. The compounds in vodka, not the ethanol, attract bugs. Many vodkas include sugar and ants like sweets. Vodka’s ineffectiveness as an ant repellant may attract more ants.
Use ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, not mixed with water, to effectively repel ants.
How To Kill Ants With Alcohol?
- Pour or spray alcohol on ants to repel them.
- Spray ant-infested areas with a solution that combines alcohol and water in a spray bottle.
- Place a bowl of alcohol close to baseboards, windows, and doors. This will kill or repel ants in a few minutes.
- Repeat daily for a week for the best results.
- Remove dead ants with a damp paper towel.
- Use caution when handling and using alcohol. It’s flammable, so keep it away from open flames and well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets away from it.
Disadvantages Of Using Alcohol
The smell that alcohol emits makes it unsuitable for use against ants in a room at night. Large doses of this can potentially be toxic, and your visitors might assume you have an addiction. It is best to use this sparingly during the day when the windows can be left open.
Avoid soaking the soil, stem, or leaves when using alcohol to control ants on plants. The leaves may eventually dry out and fall due to doing this. On potted plants, ethanol can burn, dehydrate, and even kill them.
Does Alcohol Kill Ant Eggs?
By dissolving the eggshell, alcohol kills ant eggs. However, you must first ensure that the alcohol completely covers the eggs. This can be challenging because most ant nests are deep behind crevices and fractures. Using boiling water to treat the nest makes it more likely that ants will come in contact with the alcohol and get killed. You can then use this trick to find their eggs—easier targets than adult ants.
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