Why You're Finding Pesky Ants In Your Toilet (And What To Do About It)

Finding ants in your bathroom can be confusing and unsettling. The insects are incredibly skilled at finding tiny openings and crevices. Common entryways include gaps around pipes, cracks in walls, and spaces around windows and doors. Why have ants come to your toilet? Well, once the ants have entered the bathroom, they are naturally drawn to damp areas, and your toilet offers them the ideal mix of water and organic material that could act as a potential food supply. Excess glucose in urine stains also attracts them, as glucose is an essential part of their diet.

If you're dealing with this pesky bathroom invasion, there are many ways to get rid of ants. Using household staples like borax and vinegar, you can safely repel the pests and regain control over your personal space. These simple yet effective tricks eliminate the ant infestation and provide you with peace of mind and a cleaner, more comfortable living environment.

Natural methods for eliminating ants in your toilet

To use vinegar to get rid of ants in a toilet, identify the areas where ants are most active in and around the bathroom. Typical hotspots include the toilet's base, cracks in the floor, and any nearby wall crevices. Then, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. The strong scent of vinegar is a natural deterrent, disrupting the ants' pheromone trails and navigation. Spray the vinegar solution generously on the ant-infested areas and potential entry points, ensuring thorough coverage. Additionally, wipe down the toilet and surrounding surfaces with the vinegar solution to erase any remaining scent trails left by the ants. Repeat this process daily until the ant activity subsides. 

To effectively use borax to get rid of ants in a toilet, you can create a simple yet potent ant bait. Dissolve one part borax with three parts sugar or maple syrup in a bowl of warm water and place this mixture into small containers, such as bottle caps, or soak cotton balls in it. Strategically position them where the ants appear to be entering your bathroom. The ants will be lured to the sweet bait and carry it back to their nest, where the borax will take its toll. The slow-acting poison will disrupt the ants' digestive systems and ultimately eliminate the entire ant colony.

Other tips for repelling ants

To effectively repel ants, it's essential to maintain consistency with vinegar spray and borax bait. Keep applying the vinegar spray regularly to ensure its effectiveness. With the borax bait, give the ants enough time to carry it back to their nest and spread it around the colony. It may take a while to take effect, so be patient. Make sure to replenish the bait regularly so that there's always a supply available for the ants.

If you're looking for alternatives or don't have access to certain supplies, there are minor adjustments you can make to your methods. For instance, you can use lemon juice rather than vinegar since the smell repels ants. If a mixture of sugar and borax is unsuccessful, consider testing a combination of peanut butter and borax to attract and eliminate pests. And although these are "natural" methods, it's still important to exercise caution when using them. For the vinegar solution, avoid direct contact with your skin. As for the borax bait, be sure to place it in spots inaccessible to children and pets, as it is not safe to ingest.