Getting Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

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

By John Bliss

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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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June 14, 20120 found this helpful
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I put borax and sugar in the blender to make a light powder. I place a teaspoon of this on every ant hill, where ever I see a line of ants, and about every eighteen inches all around the foundation of our house. Our neighborhood has been over run with ants. It has taken me about 4-5 years of doing this several times every summer.

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The ants started thinning out after a couple of years, and this spring was the first time no ants came into our home (so far, I have not put any out). I have seen some ants in the yard though, and plan on putting some in the yard before they make it to the house.

No other method has worked for me. If you want immediate response, this is not the method for you - but I'd still use it along with any other method you choose. One note: the sugar actually attracts the ants, so don't be surprised to see lots more when you first put it out.

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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

Borax in a blender!!!!!! What!!!!

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful
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A little line of talcom powder does it. Across the doorstep and along the walls where they are coming in. They won't cross it and it is harmless to everything.

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful
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Be aware that borax is a poison, and is not a relatively harmless substance just because you find it in the laundry room. You may poison something else with this as well. This is not to tell you not to use, just to say that it isn't that much more environmentally friendly than a pesticide you might purchase. You might also kill some bees or "friendly" insects like ladybugs, and you would not want it anywhere near food or where your pets might walk in it.

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I use the little ant traps that look like little tin cans. I believe they also have a substance that the ants take back to the hill. Diatomaceous earth which is sold under a variety of names is a substance made from petrified seashells that will shred the ant's exoskeletons. Not a comfortable experience, I am sure, but it is non-toxic to pets and people.

If you want to kill them in the hill, the best pesticide I have used is the Raid spray foam. It is a bit pricey, but VERY effective. It, of course, is a poison.

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June 15, 20120 found this helpful
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I spray apple cider vinegar full strength along baseboard and door sill as well as on my counter tops. Kills the ants and won't harm you. It lingers quite a while to keep them away.

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July 22, 20190 found this helpful

Prepare 1 part water and 1 part liquid soap in a spray bottle. Any liquid soap will do, dish detergent, cleaning liquid soap like Pine Sol or Fabullosa, a lemon flavoured cleaning solution, etc.

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Ants will die right in front of you.Safe for pets and people. Spray areas you feel are entry points of the ants as well. This really works and is very cheap.

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July 22, 20190 found this helpful

Fill spray bottle with 1 part water & 1 part liquid soap. Any liquid soap will work. The ants will die right before your eyes. The soap solution enters their exoskeleton system, which is located on the outside of their bodies. Roaches have the very same exoskeleton system and react the same way as the ants, dead.....best part the ingredients already available in your home, cheap and no harsh chemicals. Safe for pets, children and adults.

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July 22, 20190 found this helpful

Prepare 1 part water and 1 part liquid soap in a spray bottle. Any liquid soap will do, dish detergent, cleaning liquid soap like Pine Sol or Fabullosa, a lemon flavoured cleaning solution, etc.

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Ants will die right in front of you.Safe for pets and people. Spray areas you feel are entry points of the ants as well. This really works and is very cheap.

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