Getting Rid of Small Black Ants

They look like small black ants that like sugar. I find them where small trace of sweets left on the table or counter. They're not around fruits, I tried leaving opened fruit, but no dice.
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June 3, 20180 found this helpful
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We do a two prong approach with ants that look just like yours because ants are so incideous in our area. What we do is:

1. we buy cheap bulk cinnamon (NOT with sugar...just plain) like from Big Lots and pour a thin line of it all around the perimeter of the house (it takes 3-4 jars...the tall kind) for our small ranch. Then we make troughs from foil and fill those with cinnamon and they go in the windows between screen and glass.

2. For inside, where we have the worst problem--the kitchen in our case--we buy the white Raid ant traps...the look like an igloo...avoid the sticky kind as they don't stick, and they go under cabinets and under the sink. We need to make sure the dog can't get to them and they aren't in cooking areas.

We also make sure all food is off the counters and is in the fridge or freezer, as appropriate. If it can't go in the fridge or freezer it goes on the dining table which works for us... you would need can place where you have never found the ants..our case it is the dining room.

The counters all get scrubbed down with hot water and vinager daily. The dog food is up off the floor and sealed in a plastic container with a lid. We don't leave his meals down. He eats and bowl goes into the sink and washed immediately. Our dishes also get washed immediately. No dirty dishes sit to attract them.

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If we do this combo proactively in early March, we don't get any ants. This year we were one week late and had an issue until we got our system in place. Grrr.

Some people mix boric acid in with cinnamon, but we don't.

Good luck!

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June 3, 20180 found this helpful

Try drawing a line of chalk around the perimeter of the room. Ants wont cross it.

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June 5, 20180 found this helpful

I have found that keeping basil plants or simply placing a few basil leaves on the counter or windowsill, will keep ants away. Purple basil seems to be most effective. Spraying the areas where the ants are with vinegar is another method I use to keep ants away.

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