Step 1 - Before you wipe down the ants first follow the ant trail and find out where they are coming from. This is usually from underneath baseboards, from behind kitchen cupboards, a window or door. Once you find the entry point spray a squirt of 100% cinnamon Oil at the entry point. Look for any cracks on the walls and spray these areas too.
Step 2 - Mix 1% Cinnamon Leaf Oil with 99% water in a fine spray mister bottle and wipe down the ant trails quickly starting from the entry point to their final destination.
Step 3 - Vacuum the whole house. If you snack in your bed, home office desk and the computer keyboard or sofa, chances are there are food particles, which attract ants. Kitchen cupboards often have spilled food like syrup. Clean and vacuum these areas. A hand held mini vacuum is always useful.
Step 4 - Spray the diluted cinnamon oil and wipe down with a wet micro fiber cloth all Kitchen cupboards, tables, counter tops, coffee tables or anywhere there has been food. This will eliminate any lingering food smells.
Step 5 - Dip 100% Cinnamon Oil with a Q tip and mark the inside perimeter of the house with 100% Cinnamon Leaf Oil. A thin line of cinnamon oil will do but make sure it is an unbroken line. Ants will not cross the cinnamon oil line but they will find any weaknesses in your defense and go around. That means all around your baseboards, doors ways, windows or any other entry point into the house.
Spray and wipe down down your garbage can with diluted Cinnamon Oil. It get's rid of odors and prevents ants from climbing into your trash to look for food. You can also mark the perimeter of your trash can with a Q-tip dipped in 100% Cinnamon oil.
As with all things ultra pure & concentrated, Cinnamon Oil should be diluted to 1% so it won't irritate your skin or if you are spraying it on food like fruits.
Wear gloves when you handle concentrated Cinnamon Oil. It's hot like Chili powder so if you get it on your hand in concentrated form it will start irritating your skin like the sensation you get with Chili powder.
Wash you hands with soap and water if you touch the concentrated oil. And don't touch your genitalia (guys take note). We forgot to wash hands and were hopping around for a while.
The smell of our pure Cinnamon Oil is concentrated and extremely powerful. Avoid smelling it directly when undiluted because you can become a bit light headed by the power of it. In some people the heart rate can go up so it is important that you dilute it before smelling it.
Pregnant women should not eat or smell cinnamon, especially the oil as it may cause premature uterine contractions
About Blacks House Ants
Blacks ants are common in dry areas or where there is sandy soil. They are approximately .06 inches long and can be a real nuisance. Their stings are mild but technically they can still contaminate your food and transmit disease. They love anything sugary, nectars, flies, dead roaches, small insects and fruit.
Although they are mostly black in color, some can be a light brown color. Black ants are social creatures, living in colonies of Queens, males, larvae and infertile female worker ants. When a Queen brings her colony into a house, the infestation is mostly annoying and does not usually represent a health threat. But you should get rid of them because they get into food and ruin it.
Best Practices to control House Ants
Clean and put away all food in tight containers
Wipe down countertops, cupboards floors with Cinnamon Oil
Use a micro fiber cloth to wipe down embedded food
Do not leave dirty dishes with water in the sink
Empty your trash can every night or at least mark the perimeter of the trash with a Q dipped in n100% cinnamon oil
Spray Cinnamon Oil in water filled flower vases
Spray entry points such as doors, windows and cracks with Cinnamon
Try to trace the ants to the source and spray nest
About Carpenter Ants
It is the larger black ants, also called carpenter ants that represent a serious problem. They nest above ground in cavities and can destroy the materials (structural wood, insulation, sheathing and so forth) that surround their nests. Thousands of dollars in damage can be caused by a single carpenter ant nest as it grows. Usually they forage outside the house for food and water. However during late winter and early spring they can come into your living space, looking food since an outside source of food is not available at these times. They are scavengers and predators who will take whatever food they can find.
Best practices to control Carpenter Ants
1. Regular Inspections - Inspect the exterior of your whole house (including roof) regularly especially during the warm months, Look for ants moving around in a single file and trace it back to the origin.
2. Remove Plants - Do not put plants against the exterior walls of the house. It should be at least 12 inches away as ants can use plants as a bridge to jump over any perimeter treatments.
3. Clean Crawl Space - Keep the crawl space under your house clean and free of any debris so it is easy to check and does not create any nooks and crannies that ants can build colonies under. Block off any entry points so animals don't get in, die and offer plenty of food for the ants.
4. Regular Perimeter Treatment - Spray the Cinnamon Oil where the house siding overlaps the foundation.
To date we have only used Cinnamon Leaf Oil to control only black house ants and the larger black carpenter ants.
We have not tried it with red ants. It is certainly worth a try. But since it's outside, a commercial bait is a good risk, unless of course you have children who will play on the soil that you will put the bait on.
Tired of those annoying and frustrating black ants that get into everything? Are you hesitant to spray powerful chemicals in the house, particularly with children and pets around? Then give our Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil a try. The all natural solution.
Features & Benefits of
Ceylon Cinnamon Oil to Remove Black Ants
Fast - Works within minutes
Cost effective. A little goes a long way.
Exotic scent that boosts alertness
No oily residue. Works like a fine perfume.
Non staining on 99% of surfaces
Safe to spray anywhere including your fruit bowl, fruits, ant covered cakes and desserts.
Can be used outside and inside the house
Multiple uses - disinfects the house, use for aroma therapy, athletes foot wash and much more.
Cinnamon is well known to repel ants. Our Leaf Oil packs 100% times the power of cinnamon powder or sticks. It's not fool proof but used correctly it is safe, cost effective, all natural and works 99% of the time.
Our high quality 2oz Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil bottle should last you a long time. A tiny amount goes a long way. It's not the usual diluted or blended Cinnamon Oil or synthesized Cinnamon extract. It also has a lovely exotic scent that is also a powerful anti bacterial.
You can even spray the diluted Cinnamon Oil (1% Cinnamon Oil to 99% water) with a fine spray mister on that black ant covered cake or dessert and eat it when the ants have left.
Why Would Cinnamon Leaf Oil Work Against Ants?
Disrupts ant communication - Cinnamon leaf oil upsets an ants sense of smell. Ants rely on a chemical scent known as pheromones to find food and send signals back to home base. That is why within minutes of you leaving a gooey syrup on the floor the ants and there. When you spray Cinnamon Oil, it destroys an ants communication system so ants avoid Cinnamon Oil. Eugenol is the magic ingredient in Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil that makes it so effective. And ours has a minimum of 75% Eugenol which is near the maximum you can get.
Anti microbial/Anti bacterial - A 100% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil solution will instantly kill an ant on contact. It will burn them. Even diluted to 1% the scent is very powerful to ants. The trick is to use it judiciously. Dilute it to wipe down food preparation surfaces so the scent of food is not broadcast to ants and use a 100% cinnamon oil to create an ant exclusion zone.
Ideally you want to find the Queen ant and kill it with 100% Cinnamon Oil but easier said than done. In the meantime the best you can do is keep them out of your house.
After I sprayed Cinnamon Oil there are a lot more ants. I thought it was supposed to repel them.
This is a very common occurrence especially if you are not systematic with the process, What happens when you spray Cinnamon Oil all over the place without thought, the ants get confused.
When ants get confused, they get together and try to discuss how to get out of the situation. The picture above shows this happening. We sprayed the entry point and watched to see what happens. The ants just bunched up and went all over the place looking for an exit strategy. This is why it is important NOT to spray Cinnamon Oil all over the place. It must be used strategically. If you get this situation check the following:.
Did you follow our instructions (on the left) to the letter?
Is there an entry point you missed to mark or spray with cinnamon Oil?
Ants are smart and will go around barriers. All you need is a thin Cinnamon Oil barrier and they won't cross it. But if you miss one spot they will cross it.
Is there remnants of food on your bed or sofa still remaining?. Maybe be some spilled syrup on the sofa arm?
Did you vacuum the whole house including all the crevices where food may have fallen into?
Did you clean kitchen area and check for spilled food?
If all else fails check the outside of the house or apartment. Try to find the nest and spray it with cinnamon Oil.
Easy Cinnamon Oil Dilution Chart
24 oz Water
0.24 oz Cinnamon Oil (1.5 teaspoons)
16 oz Water
0.16oz Cinnamon Oil (1 teaspoon)
8 oz water
0.08oz Cinnamon Oil (1/2 teaspoon)
Cautions : Please remember mixing more than 1% Cinnamon may cause skin irritations. It's won't kill you, but it will irritate your skin slightly or create a burning sensation. For more information on side effects click here.
For Carpenter Ants on exterior or under house
For the more serious carpenter ants, apply the all 1% Cinnamon Leaf Oil mixture into exterior wall voids and completely around the structure. This creates a barrier that ants will not cross to forage for food. A wall void is the space between the wall studs (the wood pieces) that are filled with insulation. Sometimes you will just have to drill into these wall voids, spray the cinnamon oil and then reseal it.
You might have to or want to increase the spray dilution ratio to 5-10% for exterior applications. Yes that is stronger than the 1% indoor spray solution to take into account of the higher evaporation rate of the outdoors. The ratio to mix is a judgment call based on striking a good balance between cost and effectiveness given various environmental conditions like wind, rain, humidity and the like. If you have a crawl space under the house you will have to get underneath to inspect and spray.