Does Vinegar Get Rid of Ants, Spiders or Insects?

Damien Campbell

Vinegar is a useful substance to help you remove unwanted ants, spiders and insects from your home. Vinegar is cost-effective and nontoxic, making it a good choice for homes with pets and children.

Vinegar is a safe way to remove unwanted guests from your home.


Ants typically find their way into homes by following a chemical trail left by other workers. Removing the ants and then scrubbing areas where they have been seen with a vinegar solution removes the chemical trail, preventing them from easily finding their way back inside. Spraying vinegar around the edges of windows and doors helps prevent ants from entering your home in the future.


Straight white vinegar removes unwanted spider webs without the need for you to physically touch the web. Simply fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add a teaspoon of coconut oil and then spray on the web. The web will disintegrate quickly and leave a small residual film to prevent spiders from building webs at the same location in the future.


Apple cider vinegar is useful to help get rid of fruit flies around the home. Fill a shallow saucer with apple cider vinegar and add several drops of dish soap. The fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar, and when they land on the surface the soap creates a slippery film that they cannot escape and the flies drown.