Rid Your Kitchen Of Ants

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.
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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 7, 20170 found this helpful

I use Boric Acid all the time but never thought of using a brush - duh! I use a shaker but sometimes it "shakes" too much and covers too large an area so I think a paint brush is a good idea for me.
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May 7, 20171 found this helpful

You're right. The shakers and dispenser bottles just don't get it. I like the brush.

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May 8, 20171 found this helpful

Dollar Tree - brush in hand - ready for the next onslaught..

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful

Brush! So smart!!! I've been using the nozzle and over-pouring.

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March 30, 20190 found this helpful

Hey, That's one of the coolest ideas for Getting Rid of Ants. I would appreciate you for sharing this with all of us those who have got fed up with the Ants in the kitchen area. Well, last summer when my aunt also got fed up with ant, and rats issues, she was suggested by one of her neighbors to call the pest exterminator like pest control Rocklin CA ( pinnaclepest.com/ ), who will take care of killing rats and ants and never occur them again in future.

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