Ants Coming Out of Ceiling Light [Here’s What To Do]

Sam McGilin

Sam McGilin

Hey there, I’m Sam McGilin, the person behind Pallentor. I have worked in the pest control industry for over 15 years. On this site, I share my knowledge so you can enjoy a pest-free home.

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If you’re seeing ants coming out of ceiling lights in your home, it can be a pretty jarring experience. Nobody likes little critters in their home, and when they’re up above you, it begs the question – where else in your house could they be? This article will explain different ways to get rid of these ants and why they’re there in the first place.

How to get rid of ants coming out of ceiling lights

Solution 1: Vinegar

Ants get around by using their sense of smell. If you introduce something that smells too strong, an ant cannot get around – or, at the very least, it will stop getting around where the strong smell is. For example, if you apply a water-vinegar solution around your ceiling lights, you’ll find that ants stop wanting to be around them.

Create a 1:1 ratio of water to vinegar for the solution, spray it around your ceiling light, and gently wipe both above and below your lights (if you can access above it) to deter the ants.

Solution 2: Lemon

Lemons are the more acidic, slightly more natural counterpart to vinegar. Mixing a 3:1 ratio of water and lemon juice ratio will get similar results as the previous solution. Both lemon juice and vinegar serve as ways to ward off ants and get them to leave your house. But if you are looking for a more effective strategy to eliminate the ants entirely, option three may be a better bet for you.

Solution 3: Liquid Ant Poison

Liquid Ant Poison is relatively easy to get a hold of and works as a form of bait – ants will bring the poison back to their colony and be entirely decimated after consuming it.
Simply apply some liquid ant poison to a kitchen towel and wipe around your ceiling light. Don’t use too much of the product, as you don’t want drops falling on your floor.

How can I prevent ants from entering my home through the ceiling light?

To prevent ants from entering your home through the ceiling light, first, eliminate the ants using one of the suggested solutions above, and then disconnect the light fixture and seal off any visible gaps. This will prevent any more ants from entering through the ceiling light.

What could be causing ants to emerge from the ceiling light?

If ants are coming down from your ceiling, it is likely because they have nested above you. Water damage in the home or a recent leak in the roof would be an adequate entry point for an ant to get access to the moisture they need and then a warm, safe area to nest in your attic.

Have a look at the exterior of your home and roof to see if you can spot how the ants are getting in the first place. Then seal off their entry points from the exterior to prevent them from entering your house.

If you live in an apartment, this is harder to do. So we suggest using solution two and solution three mentioned above.

How can I safely and effectively remove the ants that have entered my home through the ceiling light?

Whether through a natural solution or a full-on decimation, several options are available to ensure your ant infestation problem can be handled quickly and thoroughly. Ants coming out of your ceiling light can be daunting at first, but understanding why and how to handle them shouldn’t be a tall order.

By the way, check out this article If you are having issues with ants coming out of your bathtub faucet.