Using Cinnamon to Deter Ants

March 20, 2012

Some ants on a wood floor.To get rid of ants in the kitchen I sprinkle cinnamon on them and around the spot that they seem to be interested in. My local dollar store is a great source for cinnamon. The ants came marching in to the dog and cat food bowls and I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon.


Source: I really don't know where I learned this, possibly from Organic Gardening or Mother Earth News years ago or it could have been from my Mom because she was a true organic gardener.

By Linny from Roundup, MT

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July 21, 20130 found this helpful

There is something in cinnamon that is like poison to cats, not sure about dogs. I dont remember the details but its important to know with this remedy. Please look up common dangers of things that seem harmless. It's always better safe than sorry.

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March 11, 20170 found this helpful

how does cinnamon kill ants?

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

I don't think it kills them, they just don't like the smell or the powdery feel. It is a temporary deterrent, not a poison.

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