I told my friend and her daughter used sidewalk chalk around her windows and door. You can use it really anywhere you do not want ants to cross over. They can't tolerate what is in the chalk.
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How do you get rid of an ant invasion?
By Irene V.
I found this site that tells of a citric acid solution and boric acid, and boiling water and caulking all the holes and other things..spray foam insulation around the water lines are great too. Hope this helps, I have heard ants will not cross over a chalk line, I do not know if this is true.
Here is another bit of advice I found amusing.
Most exterminators will tell you it is the water they are attracted to. I think they follow the pipes. You can use some of the spray foam insulation to close off any openings they are coming in through. Here's the best thing I have ever found (and we lived in a house where I tried everything - I thought they were going to carry the house off we had them so bad): mix boric acid with something sweet, like jelly, and spread it on something disposable, like a paper plate. Sit several out in the bathroom, and keep it closed off from pets and kids. Yes you will attract and kill an unbelievable amount, but just resist the urge to clean them up, and leave them overnight. They will be gone the next day, the other aunts will come and carry them back to their home (heard of "army of ants"? Well, they leave no "soldier" behind) The other ants will feed on them, and kill the entire colony out. I did this one time and had no repeat episodes.
Another thing that works to prevent other occasional ants is cinnamon. I sprinkled some between my window screens and windows so nothing comes in if I open my windows, and lightly misted water, so it doesn't blow all over the place, either.
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They are small ants in the house. Every time, when a piece of food is dropped (which is a lot around here), we have two kids, 5 and 15 months these small ants come out of nowhere. Like an army of them! Any ideas? Anything will do.
By phish2 from MI
Mix powdered sugar and baking soda. Put mixture in shallow plastic lid, if you can find where the ants are coming in the house, put in that area. If they (the ants) have a "ant trail" put the lid there. The ants are crazy about sugar and will haul this mixture back to their nest. When they digest this mixture the baking soda will react with their stomach acid and explode and the ants will die. They carry the mixture back to their nests on their feet. It works.
Every year the ants start coming into my home all spring amd summer, how do I get rid of them?
By Lorraine S
We had ants in an old apartment of ours & read that spraying them & their trials with soap would keep them down & it did work.
How do you get rid of the little red ants that nest in the ground?
By Holly M
You can do several things. You may have to because these ants are persistent and have huge interconnected ant colonies underground. You can boil water and pour it on the ant hills, You can mix in some borax with the boiling water (find in the laundry isle) you can sprinkle the dry borax on the ant hills also. You can use granules of ant bait that is a poison and sprinkle on the ant hills also.
How can I get rid of ants around my above ground pool?
I was told I have acrobat ants on my outdoor fence and on the edge of the roof of my garage; the cost to get rid of them professionally will cost hundreds of dollars! Do any TF members know if I can spray something on them myself, or is this a job for professionally pest services only? Help! Thanks very much.
I had never heard of these ants, and so googled for info. I suggest that you do so. I think that there are quite a few do it yourself treatments to eliminate these ants. However, I do not think you should bother with cinnamon, etc. These infestations sound like a job for pesticide. You may have rotten wood problems and leaks that need to be addressed as well.
I have these little ants, so small I can hardly see them. They seem to be red in color. They are all around my house and occasionally get inside. I am using some poison, but it just seems to move them around. Any good solutions to getting rid of them altogether?
90% karo syrup, about 10% 20 mule team borax warmed just enough to dissolve - in a squirt bottle. Squirt into cracks and areas pets cannot lick. ants may take a week for the ant workers to lap it up and carry back to home and queen. Queens live up to 20 years. You want the whole thing killed off as queen produces many more queens.
I have small red ants. They come into the house, and they bite! They do not seem to react to ant traps or ant poisons although diatomaceous earth slows them down!
By John from Midland, Ontario, Canada
I have seen others post this tried and true method. Use chalk to mark around things like water and food dishes for pets, on window sills, along the doors and under the sinks. They love water, so they come in a lot under the sinks, then you think they are behind the stove, etc.
Another idea is they hate the smell of cinnamon, so sprinkling that is a good way of keeping them away. Good lucks.
I have a raised herb bed and have got red ants invading it. I have tried numerous ant powders, etc. with no chance of being rid of them.
Please help x.
By Carolyn from Bedfordshire, UK
Red ants are the only the enemy of termites. I do not run them off. But if were over run with them I would use Sevin. Sevin will them all. Sevin should be used for Jap beetles. Do not use beetle traps.
Also the cleaner 409 is good to use to ants on the patio and decks. 409 is cheap.
I am having a terrible time with ants this year. What chemicals or natural products have you used to kill them?
I keep getting them in my bathroom and Terro works right away. They will come back after a while, and you will need to use it again.
What is a natural way to get rid of ants?
In a spray bottle mix water and ammonia.
80% water and 20% ammonia.
Who has a recipe guaranteed to get rid of ants and their homes?
I just read in Woman's World to spread salt around the area.
Does vinegar kill ants?
By orbork from Deming, NM
Yes, vinegar is perfect for ants. I put 3/4 vinegar with a good splash of dish soap in a spray bottle. I used the soap because it adheres better to the ants and kills them instantly. I also like to use the vinegar because it doesn't harm my pets. win/win situation. Good luck!
How do you get rid of ants?
I have had good success after trying a tip on here, boric acid powder and jelly. I mix it together and put it on old container tops and place under cabinets in the kitchen or where ever I have seen ants. After a day or two, all ants were gone. I did this at my mom's and she and my daughter were amazed! Try it and Good Luck!
How long can grease (black house) ants live without going back to the nest?
By Emma B
Take piece of foil and put a mixture of baking soda and powder sugar (about half and half). Ants intestinal tracts are highly acidic and baking soda is a base or basic. So, as we might recall from high school chemistry, a base will neutralize an acid or vice versa. This chemical reaction, among other things, will produce a lot of gas. So the ants are attracted by the powered sugar and in the process of eating the powered sugar also eat
the baking soda, this reacts with their highly acidic intestinal tract, produces lots gas and bursts their intestines.
Any ideas on how to get rid of ant? The little red ones that are all over the yard and come into the house where ever they want to. I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. We never had them until about 10 years ago and now, as soon as the weather warms up in the spring, we fight them all summer long. I've tried traps, spray, cornmeal, bleach, on and on. It's getting really old.
I have finally gotten ride of them in the kitchen as long as it is a 'crumb-free' zone, but they are now in my dining room (carpetted). I don't use the dining room as a 'dining room' so there is no food, but I can't get rid of them. I have a cat so I am weary to use ant traps - any natural way to get rid of them. I'm becoming phobic with these pesky creatures! I have to fed the cat on a small table so the ants don't surround her food. I can't stand it anymore - any help?
How to get rid small house ants without chemicals?
By Dogmom from Chicago
Grits! They take the grits back to the nest and when eaten, it will swell in their stomachs and kill them. Good for ant beds. Pour all over the ant bed. If it is the teeny sugar ants, meal will work.
How do I get rid of big black ants? We call them army ants. I need something that will work inside and outside.
Use equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar, put in a lid-like a coffee can lid and put near the ants trails. They love sugar and will haul it back to their nests, the baking soda when digested will cause their stomach to explode. Using this rather than a poison is safe if you have pets or small children in your household.
Looking for the post about getting rid of ants using peanut butter, sugar and 1 other ingredient.
Is there a safe home remedy to get rid of a lot of ants? It has to be safe enough for kids and pets.
I use the powdered carpet refreshner. They hate it and it smells gr8! Sprinkle it where U see them crawling...
I need to get rid of fire ants in my yard. I have tried everything, but nothing helps. Can someone tell me what to do?
I never knew what a fire ant hill looked like until a few years ago and they started showing up here and there in our county. When we found a hill in our back yard, I went to Ace Hardware or Southern States Feed store and purchased a container of Amdro. I think it was around $18.00, not cheap but well worth the price. You just sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons on the hill and they take it into the nest and it kills them. I treated the hill in our back yard about a dozen more hills in the areas where we walk and pick up litter. It quickly solved the problem with fire ants in those areas.
Our home is overcome with ants. We have children and don't want to use heavy insecticides. What can we use to get rid of them?
By happy sewer from NC
Use bay leaves on windowsills and in the corners of the threshold of doors and they will repel ants.