Battling unwelcomed critters is one of the biggest inconveniences you come across as a homeowner in Knoxville. The frustration is even more disheartening if you’re trying exterminate them inside your home and near your grass. They can be very difficult to destroy. But we believe our safe and tested recipes will benefit you in the labor of repelling these unwanted visitors.

Now if you notice any ants of any kind, like: little black ants, piss ants, fire ants, pavement ants, or pharaoh ants: try these simple homemade ant control methods.

1. Ant Dust Repellant


  • ¼ Cup of Dried Mint Flakes
  • ¼ Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup of Rock Dust (From a Nursery}
  • 1 Cup of Garlic Powder
  • ½ Cup of Alfalfa Meal
  • ½ Cup of Cayenne Pepper


Blend all seven ingredients into a large paper bag. Spread the mix wherever you have seen ants. The mix will not exterminate the ants, but it will create a protective wall that will repel ants off your property. After all this concoction is extremely potent and has gobs of spices, you should keep it away from your eyes. When spreading this concoction confirm that toddlers and dogs are not in the vicinity.

2. Handmade Peanut Butter Ant Bait


  • 4 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons of Honey
  • ¾ Teaspoon of Boric Acid


Blend all three ingredients together. Put a small spoonful of ant bait near the scavenging ants. They’ll not only munch on the fatal poison but take it home and contaminate the Queen Ant too. If you’re baiting correctly, the ants shall be eliminated within a couple days.

Boric Acid is a generally used chemical in pest control. Please keep in mind when using this chemical to keep toddlers and pets distant from your bait. Additionally it is important to scrub hands afterwards before dealing food,kids, pets and plants.

3. Gelatin and Feline Ant Bait

  • ¼ Cup of Grape Jelly
  • 1 Small Can of Moist Cat Food
  • 1 Teaspoon or Boric Acid


Infuse all three ingredients together. And use the same directions as formula number two. This formula for ant bait is mighty efficient also. Another thing you should keep in mind is if you have a small animal, to please be vigilant of it. You don’t want to mistakenly harm Mr. Meowgi, or whatever your cat’s name is, while controlling ants with boric acid.

4. Uncomplicated Ant Spray

  • 2 Liters of Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soap Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hot Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Natural Castile Soap (citrus and vegetable oil)


Mix all the ingredients in a large spray bottle. Shake the repellant and when you’re done squirt the location that is over taken by ants.

If you’re being overtaken by ants in Knoxville, try these handmade ant control methods. If you think these aren’t working connect with Bulwark Exterminating. We have remarkably skilled, certified and experienced ant control professionals on standby to deal with your ant issue. And if you’re anxious that we will ask you to ask you to take a personal day from work or special outings to eradicate these pests, don’t fret; we will work around your schedule because we know your time is valuable.