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Does Jeyes fluid kill ants?


Yes, Jeyes fluid does kill ants. Jeyes fluid is a strong disinfectant, and Jeyes fluid has several uses ranging from general household sanitizing, dustbins, drains, floors, and many more uses. Be careful when using Jeyes fluid as it is toxic. The advice from Jeyes Fluid is it should not be used in the home as it can stain and has a powerful smell.

Because it is a disinfectant, Jeyes fluid is used as a home remedy that kills germs and harmful bacteria and gets rid of bad smells. 

As a rule, Jeyes fluid should be diluted at a ratio of five teaspoons of Jeyes fluid to one gallon of water. The diluted Jeyes fluid can then be applied to an area with a brush or spray bottle. Jeyes Fluid is not often thought of for its varied range of uses.

In this article, we have some good advice and answers on how to get rid of an ants nest and get rid of ants in the home and deter them.

How can I kill an ants nest with Jeyes fluid?

Dilute and pour original Jeyes fluid down ant holes and wash down with more water. Repeat often.

The brand Jeyes fluid has warned the stuff is not apparently safe for humans and pets and can harm other insects, such as bees, until it has dried.

A word of warning about using Jeyes fluid can be used to remove green algae and mold on patios, and it can be used to repel ants from outside walls. However, it can be a poison to plants in the garden and will kill the plants. Be careful with plastic items when using Jeyes fluid as it can stain.

What else can Jeyes fluid be used for?


Jeyes fluid will get rid of Black spot on roses; in the fall, prune back the roses and make a mix of 1 teaspoon of Original Jeyes fluid to 1 gallon of water. Spray or brush the foliage and spray it onto the surrounding soil once every ten days to prevent fungus infection. Mulch the soil with compost to prevent the spores from spreading.

Be careful when you are using Jeyes fluid on polythene and polystyrene, as it can leave stains.

Do not use Jeyes fluid on the cucurbit family. It can harm them, for example, cucumbers, melons, etc., or celery and lettuces under glass or exotic indoor plants.

The use of Jeyes fluid is banned in Europe for use as a soil sterilizer and an insecticide. The reason is that it can harm and kill the good with the harmful bacteria in the soil.

Moles in the lawn

The method we are going to tell you about has been used for a few decades now, and it works.

Mix a gallon of water with one teaspoon of Jeyes Fluid. Create some small holes in the mole track with a stick about 12 inches apart. Add half a cup of the mixture into each hole. The moles do not like the smell of the remedy and will leave the garden.

The only question is, how often can you treat the garden safely without destroying the soil organism?

How can I deter ants in the house and garden? 

What will keep ants away?

Any of the following will repel ants’.

Lemon juice.



Bay leaves.

Peppermint oil.



Baby powder.

Most of them will be items you have in the house already. The trick is to place them in areas where you have seen ants, and the ants will stop using the area as an entrance into your house.

How can I control ants in the house?


A sudden infestation of more than half a dozen black ants moving across the kitchen floor or worktops are usually caused by items of food left out or dropped; it can also attract other insects and rodents.

Black ants will feed on tiny morsels of food; once one ant has found a food source, they leave pheromones to let other ants know there is a meal to be had.

With this in mind, always put food away in air-tight containers, clean down surfaces, wipe them with a mix of 50/50 vinegar (vinegar repels them), and keep the kitchen floor swept and mopped. The floor should be cleaned daily; dilute a floor cleaner with water for hygienic cleaning.

Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. It will attract ants to the area. Throw out the trash regularly.

As soon as cats and dogs have finished eating, wash their bowls.

Ants can get into your house through the cracks in walls, and small holes fill the holes up to stop them from entering.

Does liquid dish soap kill ants?

Yes, liquid dish soap will kill ants; use a spray bottle filled with water and a squirt of liquid dish soap on any ants that are visible.

Does boiling water kill ants?

Yes, boiling water will kill an ant instantly.

If you can trace a line of ants back to their nest, you can pour boiling water into the nest, killing the queen and colony.

Ant powder 

Ant powder can be bought from your local store to control an ant infestation. It is placed in areas of ant activity. Most ant powders contain Permethrin which is a fast-acting insecticide. Unfortunately, only an ant that has walked through it will die, and the ants’ nest will not be close by, so the nests’ inhabitants carry on, and the queen lays more ants’ eggs. You could have the same problem again in a short space of time.

Nippon liquid ant killer

If you wonder how to kill an entire nest with a chemical, try Nippon liquid ant killer.

Nippon Ant Killer Liquid is formulated to destroy an entire ant colony without a trace. It contains a sugary bait specially developed to appeal to black ants, the type that tends to be attracted inside the house.

Worker ants will take the sweet bait back to the nest, queen, and other ants and feeds it to the whole colony. The toxic chemical causes the entire colony to die pretty quickly.

This product is very cheap and sells for under $4.

The manufacturers warn:

Contains Benzisothiazolone. It may produce an allergic reaction.

Harmful to aquatic life with long-lasting effects.

Always use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before using.


Neonicotinoids are a chemical found in the nectar and pollen of some plants. The trouble with this chemical is it is toxic to a bee. Many people are familiar with the chemical because it is commonly used in gardens to prevent insects from damaging plants.

The chemical is not toxic to humans, but you should still use it with care. 

External walls

Use Diatomaceous Earth to rid ants around the external walls of your house.

Diatomaceous Earth particles have sharp edges that look like broken glass. These edges are able to cut through an insects exoskeleton, and the powder sticks to its feet and skin. When the powder gets absorbed by the insects, the insect dehydrates and dies.

Always follow the instructions on how to use it carefully.

Is Diatomaceous Earth safe for humans and pets?

It is not harmful for humans and pets; it is a powder and is completely harmless. Having said that, you shouldn’t get Diatomaceous Earth in your lungs; wear a dust mask when you are applying it. There are different grades of Diatomaceous Earth.

Do not use the same stuff used for swimming pools. Purchase horticultural grade Diatomaceous Earth to use at home.

Which is the best chemical to use to kill ants?


A lot of people think it is best to hire a professional to get rid of ants. However, we believe this is unnecessary. You can get rid of ants yourself with the proper chemicals without paying large sums of money.

Here are just a few chemicals you can use in the house to kill ants:

These are some chemicals that are great for killing ants. The best type of chemical depends on the size of the infestation you have. However, using any of the substances below will show you great results.

It is important to take care when using chemicals; in general, no problem is that bad enough to use chemicals that can have a substantial negative impact on the environment.

Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins

A common ingredient in commercial ant killers is Pyrethroids; they can be bought in stores or on the web. This chemical paralyzes the ants, which will kill them. These chemicals do not cause any harm to humans and animals.

Unlike many chemicals, pyrethroids do not trigger allergic reactions such as asthma. 
However, Pyrethroids are harmful to fish and other aquatic life, like many chemicals, unfortunately. Therefore, you must ensure you never pour these chemicals where water runs off.


This chemical is found in the nectar and pollen of some plants. Unfortunately, the chemical is harmful to bees. Many people are already familiar with the chemical because it is common to use them in gardens to prevent insects from harming plants.

The chemical is not poisonous to humans, but you should still use it carefully. 

Why do ants fly from the nest?

Each year in the summer months, generally in July or August, thousands of flying ants suddenly appear. Queens can live for over ten years and spend most of their lives in their nest. New queens in the nest will need to leave to mate and build new nests. This is called the nuptial flight and why you see so many in the air during the summer.

Which ants bite?

The truth is you might be a bit afraid of these pests. Some are harmless, and some are worse than others with regard to bites. The trick is to identify them, so you know what you are up against.

The types of ants who only bite are:

  • Carpenter ants will bite if they are threatened.

  • Crazy ants will give a mild wound with minor pain.

  • Field ants will bite if they are disturbed.

  • Leafcutter ants will draw blood with their strong jaws.

  • Formica (field ants) Their bites are very unpleasant. They can spray acid from their abdomen onto a threat, such as a human leg. The acid can cause severe irritation, making Formica ants quite dangerous.

The species of ants who both bite and sting include:

  • Imported fire ants are capable of giving multiple painful stings.
  • Harvester ants can kill small animals with their sting.
  • Acrobat ants bites and stings will provide a mild reaction.
  • Pavement ants have stingers and bites that only rarely will break the skin.

Which ants are harmless in the United States?

The common pavement ant is harmless, just a little irritating. Carpenter ants are also irritating and can cause severe structural damage to your home.

How do I treat ant bites?

If you have been bitten and have a mild local reaction to an ant bite, such as a red bump or welt, you can treat the bite with a cold compress or take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. If the itching is persistent, you could apply an over-the-counter antihistamine cream that can help.

You should contact your doctor for a more severe skin reaction with one to two days of swelling that becomes increasingly hotter and more painful.

An allergic reaction to insect bites can lead to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Be aware of these severe signs of an allergic reaction:

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Difficulty swallowing.

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • Hives and itching throughout the body.

  • Weak or rapid pulse.

  • Dizziness or fainting.

Go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you carry an EpiPen (epinephrine), use it straight away!

And Finally,

  • Before you go ahead killing ants, remember they can be helpful as soil aerators, and pollinators, and they can be protectors and defenders of the plant-sucking aphid. Are they just pests, are they really doing any harm in the garden? If you are bothered by them, you could place a spoon of sugar on your compost heap to keep them there rather than in your house.

    We trust we have answered the question for you Does Jeyes Fluid kill ants? Now, if you need to, you can go ahead and get rid of the pests in the house or garden safely. Our advice is not to use Jeyes Fluid to kill an ant infestation.

Good luck!

Ronald has 25 years of pest control experience under his belt. He scrutinizes each control method, product and process to prevent infestations effectively. 

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