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June 11, 2012

I am a vegetarian and try not to kill living things and this includes ants. Is there anything I can use to keep ants out of the kitchen without killing them?

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By CuddlyDuck from Birmingham, West Midlands

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

Read the posts below your post (under "Related") (archived messages from the past). One person said lemon juice, for example.

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June 11, 20120 found this helpful

Cinnamon - wont kill but will keep them away.

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

I have that talcum powder stops them, because then their feet cant grip. Maybe you could google that for more information.

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

Sprinkle baby powder where you see them. Kills them on contact. Also cinnamon along any cracks or gaps is a deterrent, but a bit messier. I wonder if cinnamon oil would work?

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

I have found that most ants will not cross a chalk line. I have drawn a chalk circle around ant mounds in my driveway, and every time they get close to the line, they back up. You could draw a chalk line across your kitchen doorway, but then the ones who are already inside won't leave.

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

Below is what I read on The Huffington Post:

"Many insects are highly sensitive to smell, including spiders, ants, fleas and typically so-hardy-they're-almost-alien cockroaches. Squirt lemon juice in windowsills, the thresholds of doors, along baseboards and into any cracks where insects might get into the house. Add lemon juice to your floor wash for even more insect-repelling action."

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I am having a hard time with ants in the kitchen. Is there something I can do to get rid of them? It seems like every spring I am having this problem.


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September 29, 2013

I seen people saying apple cider vinegar works to get rid of the tiny ants. I was wondering if it really worked and have also seen people saying peppermint oil, would peppermint extract work? We can't tell/see where they are coming from because of the way our kitchen is built/setup. I am using the baking soda/powdered sugar trick and they are running away from it, it seems they are attracted to water only, from what we have tried.

So I was wondering if the apple cider vinegar and water, or apple cider vinegar and peppermint extract would work? or even peppermint extract with water. Please help! I am getting annoyed with the ants, seeing as how they are in the kitchen and taking over. And we don't have very much money, so I am trying to use what I have to kill the ants and keep them away.

By Christa S.

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October 1, 20130 found this helpful
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Cinnamon will deter ants. In the past when I've had them I sprinkled cinnamon on my kitchen counter tops behind small appliances like my toaster. I sprinkled it inside my kitchen cabinets near the back walls and in the floor of the pantry. Worked for me.

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July 9, 2011

How can I keep ants off my kitchen cupboard?

By joann berg


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July 9, 20111 found this helpful

I kill them by using non stick cooking spray! It kills them if they are the little black ants.

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July 10, 20110 found this helpful

Have you ever tried the Terro ant baits? This stuff is a liquid product that is actually boric acid and a sugar substance. It is a safe product but very sticky if spilled. The ants eat the terro and take it back to their nests. We have had great success with this product. It is also very important to keep the cupboard free from all spills.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Terro is the only thing that works for me. You have to be patient though, the little bummers have to take it back to the nest in order to kill the queen. It can take three or four days before they are gone. Meanwhile, you have to share your kitchen counter with them.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Joann, I just sent message on mixing power sugar and boric acid tog to get rid of ants, it should have been, Borax-20 Mule Team. So sorry for the error. joanie

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

Ants lay down a scent for other ants to follow. The thing to do is to get rid of their scent. Watch them and find out were they are traveling from and then wash down the path and where they have been with bleach and water.

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September 13, 2015

I live on a fixed income and just moved into a new house and have already spent all my money on my bills and rent so I have nothing left over at the moment to buy baits. I was wondering if there was something I could use to repel the ants I found in my kitchen cabinets today while cleaning and organizing. I've already removed all my food and sprayed down the cabinets with Lysol, but I don't want them to return any time soon. So, is there any solution for me?

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May 27, 2018

Vinegar deters and can kill ants. It is antibacterial, but not toxic to children or pets. This is a page about using vinegar to get rid of ants.

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April 4, 2018

This is a page about using Sweet N' Low for ants. Some homeowners have been very successful getting rid of ants inside their home as well as clearing hills in the yard, using Sweet N' Low or a generic of this artificial sweetener.

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January 10, 2018

Bits of food and even water can attract ants to your dishwasher. Finding the way that they are getting into your home is an important step in getting rid of them. Many homeowners have found that Terro is a very effective product to use to treat the nest by having the invaders carry it back. This is a page about getting rid of ants in a dishwasher.

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February 16, 2017

This homemade ant spray can help repel ants both inside and outside. It's easy to make with a couple of ingredients that you probably already have at home.

A line of ants on a kitchen floor.

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February 8, 2017

This is a page about using talcum powder to deter ants. Ants will avoid walking through this soft mineral powder.

A line of ants on a white background.

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January 27, 2017

This is a page about using cinnamon to deter ants. A common spice that can help keep ants from invading your kitchen.

Some ants on a wood floor.

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January 3, 2017

If you have ants getting into your cereal you need to you need to contain the cereal better and get rid of the ants. This is a page about ants in stored cereal.

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February 16, 2017

Diatomaceous earth is very effective at killing ants. When ants' exoskeletons come into contact with it, they die. It also is relatively safe for humans and pets, making it an ideal solution for eliminating ants. This page is about using food grade diatomaceous earth for getting rid of ants.

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