Does salt attract ants?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does salt attract ants?” and tell you whether salt can kill ants or not. We will also list down some effective home remedies for getting rid of ants. We will also tell you if salt can absorb moisture.

Does salt attract ants?

Yes, salt attracts ants. We all have at some point thought that ants are more attracted towards sugary foods, and that is why we rush to clean anything sweet that we may have spilled on the floor or on the countertop.

However, a couple of studies have shown that ants are more attracted towards salt than sugar. They need salt for their osmotic balance and normal muscle activity. On the other hand, they need sugar as a source of energy.

This is why you may have witnessed that ants make their way towards any leftover food or crumbs.

Does salt kill ants?

It is believed that salt does not kill ants because they have an outer protective layer known as the exoskeleton which is why salt can not penetrate in their bodies and kill them.

However, there are some who believe that a salt water spray may be able to kill them. Just boil some water and add salt to it. Stir until all the salt gets dissolved. After that, let the solution cool down then pour it into a spray bottle. Just spray it over the ants or wherever the infestation is.

Salt is an inexpensive method so it does not hurt to try. Also, it is a natural substance and does not contain any harmful chemicals which are present in pesticides which can be very harmful to humans. 

It is also believed that epsom salt works better than regular table salt.

What are some other home remedies for getting rid of ants?

There are many other effective home remedies that you can use to try and get rid of ants.

Peppermint oil

Ants do not like coming anywhere near a place which has peppermint oil on it or smells like it because they are repelled by it. You can place a few drops of peppermint oil in places where you think ants might enter your house from.

Vinegar

Mix vinegar with equal parts water and pour this solution in a spray bottle. Spray it directly over the ants to kill them and you can also use it on all the places where ants can enter from, to keep them away.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice mixed with water also makes a good way to keep the ants from entering your house.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon can kill ants so you can sprinkle cinnamon at all the entry points so that they do not enter the house.

Black pepper

Ants are also repelled by black pepper so you can sprinkle it at all the entry points to keep them away. You can also use cayenne pepper, it works just as well.

Boric acid

Boric acid can kill insects so it can also kill ants. You can sprinkle it directly over the ants or sprinkle it at all the entry points so that they do not enter. 

Boric acid is a very effective treatment for getting rid of ants however it can be toxic to humans so you have to keep it away from all family members. You also should not sprinkle it on your countertop or anywhere near food.

Find a few more ways to keep the ants away here.

Does salt absorb moisture?

Yes, salt absorbs moisture. Salt is a hygroscopic substance that means it can absorb moisture. It does this through the phenomena of osmosis. Salt usually tends to dissolve in water but in cases where salt is in a higher concentration, it will draw out the moisture but would not dissolve. 

This is the reason why salt gets clumpy when there is excess moisture and also why salt gets stuck in a salt shaker.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does salt attract ants?” and told you whether salt can kill ants or not. We also listed down some effective home remedies for getting rid of ants. We also told you if salt can absorb moisture.

Citations

https://www.livescience.com/3009-ants-prefer-salt-sugar.html

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.