Sugar ants can take over an area in a very short amount of time. They are an annoyance to have in the house. This is a guide about getting rid of sugar ants.
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I mixed an equal amount of sugar and dry Boric Acid powder and place the mixture in a secure place; safe from children and pets. The ants carry it into their homes, and it kills the queen ant.
Keep this mixture away from animals and kids.
By Marie from Gainesville, TX
Sugar ants are a real nuisance and hard to get rid of. We've fought them off and on for the last 4 years. I've even posted on here before (as have many others) about using a solution of Boraxo/boric acid mixed with sugar for them to take back to the nest. Unfortunately, I have found that this is usually a temporary fix, as they just keep coming back. I've even heard they'll build nests in your walls.
To get rid of them on a more permanent basis, you're going to have to treat outside around your house too. The summer before last, we had a real problem with them. We'd get rid of them, but they'd be back in a few weeks in another area of the house. Finally, I bought a bag of insecticide granules and sprinkled it completely around the foundation of the house out to about a foot away, making sure to get it right up against the foundation too. To easily sprinkle, put the granules in an empty Pringles-type container and poke holes in the lid. Be sure to read the directions on the insecticide to see if you need to wet it afterwards.
I also continued to "feed" the little monsters in the house. Also, doing as I usually do, I kept a spray bottle of soapy water on the kitchen counter to spray any I saw. Within days, they were completely gone and never came back the rest of the year!
This spring, we didn't treat around the house and as soon as it warmed up, here they came. By mid-summer, they came back with a vengeance. I'd never seen it so bad! I'd spray, kill, and wipe ants away every time I'd go in the kitchen, but when I went back in, there'd be more. At one point, I sprayed more than 50 ants on the counter and 15 minutes later, there were more than 50 more, for hours! They spread from one counter to the other and into my stove. It was a nightmare!
And no, my kitchen was not dirty and I had everything in plastic. We've had a major drought here and they were coming in for water (one year we even had them build a nest in the dishwasher).
It took me a month to remember that we hadn't sprinkled around the house; they were coming in through the foundation. I was outside at midnight with a flashlight and my insecticide taking care of it! Within days they were almost all gone and within a week we didn't see another ant and haven't seen one in months!
This spring, I'm going to be shaking my can as soon as it stops snowing!
By Lyonpridej from OK
Sprinkle ground cinnamon along cracks, windowsills, or wherever you find the ants. It doesn't take much, and it makes your house smell good while getting rid of the ants.
Source: Probably a "green" living website.
By schoolmarm from Macon, GA
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How can I get rid of sugar ants that have been appearing on my body? I usually see one at a time 4 or 5 times daily. Are there any soaps or solutions to apply?
By Charlie from Pompano Beach, FL
We use Neem shampoo and soap for our body. Works for all kinds of different critters, bugs. We also use it on our dogs. As far as getting the bugs to stay out. We do NOT use chemicals what so ever and have had great luck with cinnamon and diatomaceous earth. I even put that stuff in the couch to keep out the kissing bugs, works great! Sprinkle both together along the windows and doors and anywhere critters get in. I've seen the Diatomaceous earth kill black widows! We also use it in our chickens food and dogs food to rid of internal parasites and worms. For some reason, even if your house is clean, bugs still find it nicer to come in!
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By Becki in Indiana
They may not come around for 2 weeks, but then they are right back. I have had 3 exterminators tell me that even when they put out bait, it may take up to a year before they are all gone. The most success has been with the homemade recipe of boric acid powder, sugar, and water placed around the house in baby food lids. They take the poison back to the others and eventually stop coming. I also wipe my cabinets down in the kitchen with straight bleach to deter them from walking there. It's been a nightmare, but every morning I still have dead ants on the counter in the kitchen. I just cannot afford to pay an exterminator right now.
If you own your home, be very aware of termites. It's not a matter of IF you have them, it's WHEN you will get them. We have had them at both houses. In most cases, you don't know you have them until you see the damage they have done. Good luck! (06/03/2005)
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By Charlene Laws (06/24/2005)
Also, ants hate cinnamon. If you want to get rid of ants just sprinkle cinnamon around. You get rid of the ants, and you get a nice scent too. By Noelia Gutierrez (07/12/2005)
It is important to know the type of ant you are dealing with since they vary in food (and hence bait) preference. Do a Google search on Ant Identification to find sites that tell you how to distinguish the various species and what their preferred foods are, if you are not certain. Most seem to like sweets. There are several good sites at the top of the search results list.
If yours are the little Argentine ants, which prefer sweet food, try Terro bait syrup. It's inexpensive. This is a syrup of boric acid and sugar that you place either in drops on a piece of cardboard, or it comes in little plastic trays that you cut a hole in for access. The trays wiped out my ant problem this year. It only takes a few days -- then no ants in sight.
You can make the acid syrup yourself, perhaps advisable if you have lots of ant colonies. Be sure you get the acid/sugar/water ratio right. You don't want them to die till they take the cocktail to their queens and larvae back home at the nest. A recipe I found on a Texas A&M site recommends 1 part boric acid powder per 100 parts bait material, e.g.1 tsp per two cups for a 1% solution. (08/17/2005)
By Nancy Bird
When we first moved in, the house was pretty clean and we didn't see any ants indoors, just spiders. But a week or two later, sure enough, the little sugar ants came.
We battled them as best we could. Ant powder, bait, Vaseline on counters. I treated all of the outdoor colony locations as well. Ant powder kills them quickly, but doesn't solve the problem. Vaseline didn't really work, either. They were on the indoor house plants, anywhere where there was food, in the garage...they even went after bathroom products like soap or shampoo.
Very frustrated, we would spot clean any time we saw them. We cleaned them off the house plants on several occasions. I found this site and decided I better find out where they were really coming from.
By accident, my wife and I discovered that there were dozens of ants on her house plant that we had treated the day before. The ants "magically" reappeared. It finally dawned on me to check the house plant. The results were sickening. There was an entire nest/colony between the porcelain pot and the plastic liner of the plant! There were more ants in there than you could possibly imagine! I quickly removed the plant and disposed of the colony far away from the house. While doing so, I killed a single, large, winged ant, which I suppose was the queen.
Later that day, in the laundry room, I killed 2 winged ants that were mating! Finally, my wife found a winged ant on her elbow on the couch and killed it.
We haven't had a single ant inside the house since. So the moral of this story is to find out where they are coming from. Look closely and follow them to the source. It makes me sick to think of all of the thousands of ants that were inside our house plant, crawling all over the carpet, food, cupboards, and us! (07/17/2007)
Does anybody else have other ideas I can use? Oh and we've had winged ants crawling/flying around two particular windows in our living room. Any suggestions for that? (05/01/2008)
By N Hicks
I've purchased a spray bottle at the dollar store and decided to spray the heck out of my kitchen with vinegar and amazingly enough these little buggers are gone. It is a bit of a funky smell, but it really does work. It doesn't cost all that much and they are no longer parading my kitchen. I recommend this method very much! I thought I would never be able to get rid of them. Thank you! (01/07/2009)
By One happy lady!
I've a good idea where the colony is, am pleased to see that they've survived another winter, and am monitoring the activity of a new sister colony a good 30 meters away close to an attached garage. In Tacoma, I'll have to provide a vinegar corrective action every few days for the next few months only. These gals just don't seem serious about the interior (hic abundant araneae). They will keep doing their cleanup thing outside & I'm humbled to share that space with 'em. (06/04/2009)
I have these small beige ants in my pantry. They are about 1/8" long.