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Getting Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

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Have ants taken up residence in your home? The kitchen can be a challenging place to get rid of ants since there are so many sources of food. This is a guide about getting rid of ants in your kitchen.


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By 11 found this helpful
January 15, 2016

When I was growing up during the warm summer months my grandma's kitchen would be filled with ants. Each morning we would wake up to ants around the sink, on the counters, and crawling up the cupboards.

One day she hired a person to come to the house to spray for the ants. Afterwards, we couldn't use the kitchen for several hours and had to disinfect the countertops and sink area. After the spraying my grandmother took sick. The smell of the spray was toxic to her and put her in the hospital for a few days.

During this time I needed to clean the kitchen and try to air out the home so she could return. I decided to clean the windows in the kitchen. I noticed that we had ants again. The spay they used didn't stop the ants in the kitchen or garden.

When I was cleaning the windows I decided to spray the ants with Windex. I saw the ants dying off quickly. For the next week we didn't have a single ant in our kitchen. When the ants returned a few weeks later I sprayed them again with Windex. This seemed to be the perfect solution to control the ants in the kitchen.

Windex was't harmful to my grandmother and the ammonia in the Windex was perfect for cleaning the kitchen. We used Windex on the stove and refrigerator to clean the stovetop and outside of the refrigerator. Now we used Windex on the counter, around the baseboards, and sink area. We no longer had ants in our home.

Years ago we didn't have Internet, home remedies, or other solutions to control ants. When we had an ant problem we just took out the bottle of Windex and sprayed the kitchen.

Today I still use Windex or another brand of window cleaner to control ants in my home. I guess some old tricks stick with us through the years.

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By 8 found this helpful
May 8, 2013

Follow the ants' trail and try to find where they are entering from. Spray the area with lemon scented furniture polish (Pledge) and they will stop entering the house, kitchen, or wherever you see them. You may have multiple areas where they are coming in, so you would have to spray all of them.


In my experience, I only had ants in an isolated area so it was pretty easy to find the source, on the floor baseboard from a crack in the the front of the house. I simply sprayed the furniture polish in that spot inside and left it. I didn't wipe it up or clean it off. I never saw ants again in the five years I lived there!

Ants will come in from somewhere and go towards food sources so you might not necessarily have them coming in where you store the food. Hopefully this helps!

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May 3, 2017

If you see ants in your kitchen, it's really pointless to kill them. If you kill 10, they won't be missed by the nest which may contain thousands. You can use these 10+ ants to your advantage.

Providing the ants are crawling (Funny, a thought just occurred to me. Why do we say ants crawl? I'm sure they walk. Correct me if I'm wrong). Ahem, anyway, providing the ants are crawling in an area of you kitchen where it would be safe to dust them with boric acid, do so. Between the kitchen faucet and the back splash is where I get the most.


If you kill 10, then you've just killed 10. But if you reach under the sink where you have stored a half cup of boric acid (properly labeled), and a cheap dollar tree brush (properly labeled), dip the brush in the acid and lightly tap the brush over the ants, then you've done a lot more.

Dusting the ants will disorient them. They will go back to the nest, taking the deadly (to them), boric acid with them.* They die and are fed to the young. You know the story. Eventually the queen gets her share.

A one time dusting of a few ants will not wipe out the colony. But, if this procedure is repeated a few times, you can wipe out the colony. It shouldn't take more than three days. It occurred to me years ago to do this. It has proven to be the most effective way I know to keep the kitchen free of ants.

Boric acid is cheap. I clean up any residue with a damp paper towel and toss it. I re-apply it when and where I see a need.

*From Wikipedia: 'Boric acid is only poisonous if taken internally or inhaled in large quantities'.

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May 29, 2009

I learned today that the cheap nonstick cooking oil spray kills black kitchen ants on contact, even if it lacks the ability to keep them from coming back.

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May 8, 2015

It was always one of those dreaded calling cards of Spring; the annual invasion of the Micro Ants, with lines snaking from my window or under sink to the nearest cabinet with anything sweet inside!

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July 14, 2014

I use a peeled strip from a cucumber, the green skin. Lay it down where they are. It works even when dried up. Does not harm pets or children.

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June 11, 2014

I put a little hot sauce bottle, that was empty, with a small amount of water in the bottom, by the kitchen sink. When I see ants, I shake it on the area and wipe up with paper towel.

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June 7, 20041 found this helpful

To deter ants from invading your house, find out where they are getting in and lay bay leaves along their track - they will go away fast!

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July 16, 2013

No games by scaring these little pests. Just use "Eggo" syrup or other pancake or waffle syrup , and some powdered 20 Mule Team Borax. Mix 60% syrup to 40% Borax very well. Place mixture on a plate or something NON-porous, like shiny flat cardboard flat.

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June 20, 20132 found this helpful

We have got ants everywhere in the kitchen. How can I get rid of them?

By Alec


June 22, 20131 found this helpful
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There is a product called Terro. It's basically a syrup that has chemicals that kill the whole colony. You put a quarter sized drop on the little cardboard pieces they give you and stick them between the fridge and stove, stove and counters, under the sink, etc. It's ok if pets or kids get into it, but it's better if it's where the ants are and not seen by curious critters. The inert ingredient is basically a sweet syrup like pancake syrup.


If you can see the circle an hour or so later, you will see the entomological equivalent of a solar eclipse. They will be around the outside like a bunch of animals in a drinking hole. Then, they will take it all back and kill the rest.

The other solution is to also find out where they are coming from. You didn't mention if you lived where your home connects to others? It might be they are coming from them. If so, you landlord needs to be contacted and they will pay for and exterminator for all the units effected, and charge the person causing it.

Most of the time, it's simply poor housekeeping so that is an issue they can address at the same time. If you need more info, go to and they have everything you need to know. A small bottle costs about 4.00 and goes a long way.

I hope that helps.

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June 12, 2012

How does one get rid of the small tiny ants that keep coming back almost every summer in the kitchen?

By John Bliss


June 12, 20120 found this helpful
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As soon as you see the first ant, put out a mixure of borax and sugar with enough water to make it liquid. I use an old can lid and put it down where I have seen the first ant.


They will flock to the sugar, borax, water mix. Allow them to eat/drink their fill. In about three days you will not see anymore as they take this back to the nest and it will kill those in the nest, too.

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May 6, 2011

I have these little brown ants crawling all over my kitchen counters, my sink, etc. and want to get rid of them. I have tried all kinds of things, but nothing works. I would like to know if anyone has a natural home remedy for getting rid of these pesky ants? It is kind of unappetizing to have these things crawling over the dishes and silverware and everywhere else!

By Linda Delcamp from Brighton, MI


May 6, 20110 found this helpful
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My husband and I live in an apartment complex and we had the same problem. There were ants crawling around our kitchen and bathroom floors. I called the management office and one of the maintenance men gave me a box of Raid Double Control Ant Baits. There are 3 in box. The front of the box says that it kills the colony and keeps killing for 3 months. It definitely took care of the problem.

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful
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You must be careful where you place these. This is toxic to children and pets. This does not work instantly. The ants will take this back to the nest. Eventually all the ants will die. I have found boric acid in dollar discount stores. As it is with any powder chemical, be careful when adding the boric acid that you do not inhale it. As a precaution, I always place these in areas of our home in the spring whether I see ants or not.


3 cup warm water
4 tsp. boric acid
2 cup sugar

Mix in large bowl until dissolved. Add some cotton balls to three jelly jars or something similar. Pour some of the mixture onto cotton balls in each jar. Do not fill completely. Leave small amount of mixture on the sides outside of the jars to lure the ants. Tightly place lids with small ant holes on jars. Put in areas where you see the ants but out of reach of children and pets.

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March 23, 2012

Does anyone have a suggestions on how to get rid of ants? They are on my kitchen counter and believe it or not in my bathroom! Please help.

By Kathy F.


March 24, 20120 found this helpful
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Well, the ants come from outside and they may have built a nest in your wall cavities so you could hire a exterminator to spray the foundation on the outside. They use a product that the ants carry back to the nest to feed on and die. In my state we have only two types of ants. The small red ants and the black carpenter ants. I hire an exterminator every three years or so to rid the ants. They disappear in about 2 days.

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful

I have ants in my kitchen; how can I get rid of them for good?

By Bobbie from Cotter, AR


August 13, 20110 found this helpful
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I had great success with a 50/50 mixture of sugar and Borax (the powdered laundry soap). However, if you have small children or pets, you have to be careful where you place this mixture, because it can make them sick if it was to be ingested. If you know where the ants are coming in, you can just sprinkle it in that area. The ants are attracted by the sugar, and take pieces back to the nest to share with the colony. This mixture kills the ants, (including the queen), when they eat it. (Or, you can sprinkle the mixture along the outside of your kitchen wall, but the same precaution applies if you have small children or pets).

If more than one colony is entering your kitchen in different places, you may have to sprinkle the mixture in each area.

An alternative is to use peppermint essential oil. You can mix the oil with water, then spray the areas where you see ants coming in. Or you can simply place drops of the oil in those areas. It must be real essential oil, which can be purchased in a natural food store, natural health store, or online. Essential oils don't actually kill ants, but the ants are so repelled by the smell, they won't want to visit your kitchen anymore. LOL! Your kitchen will smell minty for awhile, until the ants find another food source. NOTE: Essential oils should not be inhaled or ingested by cats or other small animals.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful
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Put a line of talcom powder across the place where they are coming in. They won't cross it.

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August 15, 20120 found this helpful

Please help I have ants are all in my kitchen.


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