Easy Solution to Kill Ant Piles – Club Soda!

Today’s post is short and easy, which is sometimes just what we all need! Did you know you can knock out an entire ant pile with just club soda? Yup, it’s true!

Kill Ants with Club Soda - Easy, Cheap and Non-Toxic!

When we first moved into our new house this spring, my kids were out playing in the driveway and they started to scream. I went running over to see my son’s legs covered in little black ants and then saw a huge ant pile next to him. Thankfully, some apple cider vinegar anti-itch rub helped the swelling and itching, but I knew I had to take care of the ants. Of course, it had to be a natural solution because I don’t want to spray¬†poisonous¬†chemicals on the ground, which only contributes to harming the environment, animals, and us humans.

I discovered that club soda works because it the carbon dioxide from the carbonation displaces the oxygen in the colony, suffocating the queen, which eventually kills the whole colony.

Kill Ants with Non-Toxic Club Soda

It’s Super Easy and Safe

  • For one medium mound, you need about 1/2 liter of club soda (carbonated water). For a large one, I’d use a whole liter.
  • Pour directly onto the mound – I poured all over the entire mound and not just in the center as it was suggested to me. I generously poured it on, since it’s cheap and non-toxic.
  • It takes about 2 full days for it to all die. One very large pile I had needed an extra dose of soda, and that did the trick. Once it dies, it will just be a mound of dirt, then grass or weeds will start to grow on top of it. I can’t even tell where the mounds were a month later!

I read on several sites that it doesn’t work to kill fire ants. I’d like to disagree. I found that their colonies are harder to kill than black ants BUT I did finish them off with my magic powers club soda. It took two rounds and a liter and a half, but they did DIE.

Now my kids can play without getting bitten by nasty little ants and no eco-systems, other insects, animals or humans were poisoned to accomplish that. Plus, for about $1 a liter, it’s also cheap!

See more of my non-toxic gardening solutions, like my all-natural weed killer, here!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

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  1. Deanne Enis says:

    I’m looking for something to kill weeds that keep growing in my flower bed. I pull them up, put some pre-emergent as instructed and nothing helps. Do you have anything for weeds without harming the plants, flowers?

  2. Hi Sara:

    Have a problem with air potato vine growing in our backyard which is bordered by a preserve. Can you recommend a solution to rid the vine as well as the roots?

    Thank you,

  3. Kathy Felice says:

    Well this is a new trick! Good thing I searched carefully for this one. Definitely going try this one out! Thanks for sharing this trick.

  4. Lyn Hillman says:

    I have used grits to get rid of ants. Here in Alaska, we get big carpenter ants. They eat the grits, it swells in their body, and proof. No more ants. I’m going to try the club soda next. It sounds like it works a lot faster.

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