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It's that time of year and those annoying little friends are here. Out of a desire to be rid of them and not to spray poisonous bug spray around my sink and counter, I grabbed the bottle of white vinegar that I keep handy for cleaning just about any and all surfaces and gave them a "mist". Not sure if it was the acid or that they drowned in the stuff, but I just wiped their still (mostly) little forms away. This might be an offensive thing to some folks, but I think that they would prefer going to their ant promised land smelling of pickles than the noxious fumes which we can't even tolerate.
By Kelly from Burke, VA
A couple more remedies:
1. I make a weak solution of Lavendar Oil (similar to vinegar) and sprayed it directly on them. The results were immediate! I had some tiny brown ants (not sugar or water) in my kitchen that showed up every morning. They didn't want anything, just wandered around, but were a nuisance. Guess they didn't like my cooking! I used Lavendar Oil for flies, so had the solution handy.
2. I have used Diatomateous Earth also. You can "google" uses for DE, for additional information. Wonderfully natural and green! The manufactured chemicals are pushed on us to make them $$.
To get rid of them almost permanently, mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of borax (20 Mule team) and a few drops of water. Smear some on a piece of cardboard, paper plate, etc. and set on floor near the ants.
I have been using rock salt for outside and it kills the ants & weeds! We had a ton from last winter left over. And there was a ant bed right where I step out of my car. It didn't move either, it is gone!
We were besieged with coffee-ground-sized ants summer before last. Wish I had thought to try this. Nothing I did try worked, and professional pest control people wouldn't touch it. Conservatively, there were millions upon millions! Note: Loved your humor. Cay from FL