By LaDonna from OH
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Use Boric Acid (found easily at any store, I have even seen it at Dollar Tree) mixed with sugar and enough water to make a paste. Then drip it where the ants are at and in a day or so, the ants should be gone. The ants will take it back to the colony and will feed it to the queen destroying the colony. Make sure to keep it away from pets and children. If ants die near the mixt or if they keep coming back, you might have to tweak the mixture. Thanks to my Dad, the farmer.
By Lelia Jo Cordell 04/18/2011
Hubby's in love with Hot Shot ant baits. The down side? Wiping dead ants off surfaces on a regular basis, eww! There's also the issue of trying not to knock them off onto the floor or worse, into the dish water. :P
My friend Bev suggested diazipam (sp?) sprinkled in a solid line (kinda like a football field's "chalk line") around the outside perimeter to keep them from coming inside in the first place. Hubby's daughter swears by the green ant stakes you can find at Lowe's or your fave hardware store.
By Elaine 04/18/2011
I read somewhere that ants don't like lemon juice. I had a swarm of ants in my pantry. I took an old bottle of lemon juice and a rag and washed all the shelves in the pantry. The ants disappeared. I also read that you can get them to move thier beds by sprinkling bits and pieces of lemon peel around where you don't want them. Hope it works for you. It's been a year and I haven't gotten any more ants in my pantry.
By vicki hood 04/17/2011
About 10 percent dry 20 mule team borax in Karo syrup. Warm a few seconds, shake to dissolve. Place where pets will not lick. Ants carry it back to nest to kill queen. Queens can live and reproduce other queens for up to 20 years. This method may take a few days but problem is solved.
By Brian Parkin 04/14/2011
I have had repeated attacks and have won the last battle with a borax slurry that you can pick up at any hardware store. They eat this sweet stuff, take it the queen and they die! Works great and will only take a couple of days.
By Marjorie C. Woodworth 04/13/2011
Raid Double Control Ant Baits. Four traps come in a box. Kills the colony and keeps killing for 3 months. I had problems with ants in my apartment, one of the maintenance men dropped them off at my apartment.
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Please help me get rid of very small black ants. I have sprayed everything I can think of and have had professional folks try. The ants are still there. Warm weather is coming and I need help.
Jerryno1 from Yorktown, VA
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By Becki in IN
I have used this Organic Ant Bait for several years with 100% success. I have used it indoors and also for outside use, including fire ants. The first day there is a slight increase in ants. Then they dwindle and are gone. I got the "recipe" from Organic Gardening magazine. It uses boric acid, but only a very small amount so that the ants will live long enough to bring the dose to the feed the colony.
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To get rid of any insect in the house, try any orange or lemon oil based cleaner. I get the cheap stuff from the dollar store and it works miracles. Just spray the stuff on them and the will die in seconds.
Use it to clean areas where they are likely to show up and they will not come to visit. I have even used it to kill wasps and larger spiders in the garden. You can't beat the price or the results! (07/07/2008)
By Dick H.
I can't afford an exterminator, but need to get rid of black ants that keep coming inside my house. I think they are under my house, I live in a double wide.
I need advice for getting rid of small black ants.
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