How to Get Rid of Ants Outdoors

How to Get Rid of Ants Outdoors
Ants can live almost anywhere, which is why they cause problems for picnickers and campers. Ants typically go after misplaced food and items that had been close to food and absorbed its odor. Ants will go over nearly any obstacle to find food for their colony, but there are environmentally friendly ways to keep them at bay.


Difficulty: Easy

Getting Rid of Ants

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rope Logs or stick Natural mint spray
  • Rope
  • Logs or stick
  • Natural mint spray
Step 1
Store food securely when outdoors to deter ants attracted by the scent of it. Put your food in a cooler or in your backpack, then hang the pack between two trees.
Step 2
Create a border of sticks or logs around the area in which you are staying. Ants will often follow the base of an object and this will help repel them.
Step 3
Make your tent ant-proof by using a natural mint spray. Spray it on the tent and on the ground around the tent to keep ants from coming close. Mint grows naturally in the wild and generally won't attract other pests.
Step 4
Clean up spilled foods right away and dispose of them in safe containers. Juices, meats, fruits and cooked foods that have strong odors quickly attract ants and other insects.
Step 5
When you are done with your trip, take a "leave no trace" approach by cleaning up all of your food, putting logs back where they were, and leaving your campsite as it was when you found it. This is a courtesy to other campers and hikers and will help keep ants from invading the area for leftover food.

Tips & Warnings

Do not use chemicals to repel ants. Chemicals can harm other animals and the environment.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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