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Ways to get rid of Ants!

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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Any help would be appreciated.  We have tried traps, sprays and the borax/sugar combo.

We can't tell exactly where they are coming from.  They seem to come up through the house itself!  There are some that love my fridge and some that love the sink area.  We have a few cracks in our counters (those are soon to be replaced) but until then we have this.  UGH!

I'm so over dealing with this!

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by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

7 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Baby Powder

Sprinkling baby powder along door frames, windows, and walls can help keep the pesky insects at bay. This is a natural repellent for ants because they do not like to cross the lines of powder that have been set out.


The smell of vinegar is not friendly to ants, so they will typically stay away from areas that have been cleaned or disinfected with the liquid. Vinegar also kills scent trails left behind by ants, so they don’t know how to get back home once vinegar is present.

Borax & Sugar Combination

Sugar attracts ants, who pick up a grain of it to take back to other ants in their colonies. However, Borax is toxic for ants. Some of them are bound to mistake a grain of Borax for the sweet sugar, allowing the ants to be depleted over time. Borax isn’t pet or kid friendly either, so this should only be used where they cannot come into contact with it.

Baking Soda & Powdered Sugar Combination

This mixture works the same as sugar and Borax, though it is much safer if animals or children should come into contact with it. Mix equal parts of the sugar and baking soda to attract ants. Since they cannot digest the baking soda, they will eventually be eliminated.

Corn Meal

Corn meal is yet another substance that ants cannot digest well. Sprinkle the meal around the areas where you see the most activity from ants. They will carry it home and try to eat it – failing to properly do so.

Coffee Grounds

Ants do not care for the smell of coffee, so the grounds can be a deterrent to the insect. Pouring used coffee grounds into ant hills is also effective. The grounds make it virtually impossible for ants that have left the hills to make it back to their home. Thus, their offspring and other ants left inside will not receive food and will eventually die.

Herbs & Spices

Many seasonings we use for our meals give off odors that ants cannot stand. Simply sprinkle black pepper, peppermint, or cinnamon (to name a few) along the doors and other entry ways for ants. Once those already in your home are eliminated, you should be ant-free!

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by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM
by on Jul. 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM

hotshot ant traps are the only thing that i have found that works. i live on a riverbed, so they are always around, unless we use the hotshot.

by on Jul. 3, 2014 at 12:06 AM
The only thing that has worked for is is spraying the internal and external perimeter of our house with Ortho Home Defense
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by on Jul. 3, 2014 at 12:44 AM

 Are you sure that they are not termites?

by on Jul. 3, 2014 at 7:47 AM
We don't have an anterior problem, but on the occasion I find them in the kitchen, trying to clean up the something the kids dropped, I use vinegar.
by on Jul. 3, 2014 at 8:44 AM
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Don't know but good luck!

by on Jul. 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The only thing that seemed to work for us is these Terro ant house bait thingies.

by on Jul. 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

 Thanks!  I'm going to pass this one along to my husband!

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by on Jul. 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Natural Ant Control

Beside all the stuff mentioned above, home remedies are cheap, so using them one kills two birds with one stone: saves money and gets rid of pests.

10 Natural Options that Help to Get Rid of Ants

You are going to be surprised to find out that there are tens of types of ants that can penetrate your house. If you are ready to refuse from poisonous sprays and powders, here are some safe homemade remedies to use:

  • Vinegar: Effective Method of Getting Rid of AntsVinegar. This is a highly effective method of getting rid of ants. Spraying vinegar on the ant’s entry paths, you are spreading a very strong scent that repells ants, making them avoid it. Make sure you cover all the corners and areas, including those of counter tops, sink and windows. Let the vinegar dry well. Though classic vinegar is widely-used for these purposes, apple cider vinegar is not less effective. All you should do is mix it with water in equal amounts and use a spray bottle.
  • Mint. It’s high time you started drinking mint tea, as used mint tea bags are pretty effective in driving ants away. Just put bags at the points from where you think ants enter. If you don’t drink mint tea, use mint leaves. Dry them and crush into powder. Sprinkle the powder at the entry points.
  • Table salt. This is the best and the cheapest way to get rid of ants. Boil water and add salt to it. Pour salty water into a spray bottle and spread in places, where you usually see the ants.
  • Pepper. It is as effective as salt. Both cayenne and black pepper work wonders. Mixing pepper with water, spray it on ants, and soon they all will disappear.
  • Soap. This is the item everyone has. The components of soap are very harmful to all types of ants. They break down in waxy layers of the pests’ exoskeleton, causing dehydration. Mix soap with water and spray it in the entry points.
  • Citrus. Lemon is the most effective fruit in case of ants’ invasion. Mix some lemon juice with water and then spray it all around the areas, where the ants are. This is one of the most optimal remedies that help to get rid of ants.
  • Cucumber. Ants can’t stand its taste. So, if you can’t stand ants, cucumber is your helping hand. Take a cucumber and cut it into pieces. Place pieces in ant-affected areas. Pretty soon they’ll leave your house.
  • Baby Powder: Use It Wherever You See the AntsBaby powder. Use it wherever you see the ants. Sprinkle it around, as these pests hate scented talcum and try to stay away from it.
  • Cornmeal. Take cornmeal and spread it over the affected areas. Though this ingredient is absolutely safe, ants cannot digest it and die.
  • Perfume. Buy a very strong perfume and soak cotton balls in it. Keep a few of them in affected areas. As ants cannot tolerate the perfume, they will stay away from the place, where it is present.

If you are looking for possible ways how to get rid of ants, use any of these methods or try several of them. When one method fails, another one will be very effective. Clean out ants and prevent them from entering your house once again.

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