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Getting Rid of Ants in the KitchenHave ants taken up residence in your home? The kitchen can be a challenging place to get rid of ants since there are so many sources of food. This is a page about getting rid of ants in your kitchen.


Closeup of an ant hill.

Getting Rid of Ant HillsThere are a variety of ways both natural and chemical for getting rid of ant hills. This is a page about getting rid of ant hills.


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Ants in Refrigerator?How can I get rid of small black ants in my fridge?


Black Ant on Leaf

Controlling Ants in the Vegetable GardenThis is a page about controlling ants in the vegetable garden. Sometimes ants can be beneficial in your garden, but if they are destroying the plants or veggies, you will want to find a safe way to control them.



Getting Rid of Ants in a DishwasherBits 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.


Getting Rid of Ants

Getting Rid of AntsWhether you are trying to deter little sugar ants in your kitchen, wood eating carpenter ants or biting fire ants in your backyard, there are a variety of different pest control methods. This is a page about getting rid of ants.


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Using Sweet N' Low for AntsThis 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.


Some ants on a wood floor.

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


March of the Sugar Ants

Getting Rid of Sugar AntsThis is a page about getting rid of sugar ants. Sugar ants can take over an area in a very short amount of time. They are an annoyance to have in the house.


Two garden ants on red rose

Getting Rid of Ants on Roses?This is a page about getting rid of ants on roses. Ants typically invade your rose bushes because of an infestation of aphids.


Several small ants inside a sugar bowl

Getting Rid of Small Black AntsAnts taking over your house is exceedingly frustrating. This is a page about getting rid of small black ants.


Ants on a carpet

Homemade Ant Killer RecipesStore bought ant killers and pest control services can be expensive and toxic. Save money by making your own. This page has lots of green ideas for killing ants at home.



Fire Ants

Getting Rid of Fire AntsThis is a page about getting rid of fire ants. Fire ants are not only annoying when they invade your home or yard, but their bite is also very painful to humans and their pets.


Close of up dog food bowl with "Good Dog" design on it, surrounded by spilled kibble.

Keeping Ants Out Your Pet's BowlThis is a page about keeping ants out your pet's bowl. Regardless of whether you feed your pets inside or out, ants can be a problem in their food bowls.


A line of ants on a kitchen floor.

Making Ant Repellant SprayThis 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.


Red ants eating borax.

Getting Rid of Red AntsGetting rid of red ants can be a chore. Depending on where they are, inside or in your yard or garden, will define the method or products you use to get rid of them. This is a page about getting rid of red ants.


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Using Lemon Juice to Get Rid of AntsAnts don't like the smell of lemons. You can use lemon juice to deter ants in your home. This is a page about Using Lemon Juice to Get Rid of Ants.


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Using Vinegar to Get Rid of AntsVinegar 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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Use Chalk to Deter AntsRegular chalk can be used to temporarily deter ants. A chalk line will discourage ants from crossing and can disrupt the scent line they follow back to food sources discovered by their scouts. They will seek or take advantage of a break in the line so it is not foolproof. This is a page about using chalk to deter ants.


Diatomaceous Earth

Using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for AntsDiatomaceous 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.


Keeping Ants out of Hummingbird Feeder - Wrapping tape around a hummingbird feeder.

Packing Tape to Keep Ants Out of a Hummingbird FeederUse packing tape to prevent ants from getting into your hummingbird feeder. This is a page about packing tape to keep ants out of a hummingbird feeder.


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Use Sugar and Borax for Ants?I'm trying to get rid of these tiny ants around the house. I've tried mixing borax with sugar and water, using the recommendations. However one ant I saw drank it all and other ants just crawled around it.


Ants feeding on a solution of boric acid.

Using Boric Acid for Controlling AntsBoric acid is a common ingredient in homemade recipes for killing ants. This page is about using boric acid for controlling ants in garden and kitchen.


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Use Fabric Softener Sheets to Deter AntsFresh dryer sheets to soften clothes and linens are an effective fragrant deterrent for a variety of insects. This is a page about use fabric softener sheets to deter ants.


Liquid Ant bait package

Liquid Bait Ant Killer ReviewsIf you are dealing with an ant infestation, using liquid bait is often the best solution. This is a page about liquid bait ant killer reviews.



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Can Ants Smell?Ants have an extraordinary ability to smell, using the odor receptors on their antennae. They can smell food and they lay down chemical trails to and from their nest for other colony members to follow. This is a page about, "Can ants smell?".


Line of ants on concrete

Ants in Yard and DrivewayAt certain times of the year you may see a noticeable number of ants active in the yard and even on your driveway. This may or may not be a reason for concern. This is a page about ants in yard and driveway.


Sugar Ants

Getting Rid of Sugar Ants in the Kitchen?Short of calling an exterminator for sugar ants, boric acid or even 20 Mule Team Borax laundry powder mixed with Karo syrup can be used to eliminate the ants. Take care to keep the mixture away from areas accessible to children and pets. This is a page about getting rid of sugar ants in the kitchen.


Tiny Ants

Getting Rid of Tiny AntsBoth borax powder and diatomaceous earth can be effective in deterring ants. This is a page about getting rid of tiny ants.


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Ants Climbing Up Posts Into the House?There are a variety of ways to deter ants from entering your home from the foundation posts. This is a page about ants climbing up posts into the house.


Large ant hill.

Use Boiling Water for Getting Rid of Ant HillsMany pesticides are harmful to the environment as well as the pests you are trying to eradicate. If you use boiling water for getting rid of ant hills it is completely safe and quite effective.


Several ants around watermelon rinds.

Using Cream of Wheat to Deter AntsWhen ants digest cream of wheat, it expands in their stomach and kills them. This page is about using cream of wheat to fight ants.


Cracked Black Pepper

Using Black Pepper to Deter AntsBlack pepper can be used to help repel ants without using harsh chemicals. This is a page about detering ants with black pepper.


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Using Talcum Powder to Deter AntsThis 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 kitchen floor.

Using Cinnamon to Deter AntsSome homeowners have success in deterring ants from coming into their house using a line of ground cinnamon at the entry point. This is a page about using cinnamon to deter ants.


Many ants inside a home.

Homemade Ant TrapsExterminators can be expensive, so can buying ant traps at the store. One alternative is to make your own. This is a page about homemade ant traps.


Ants feeding from an ant trap/bait.

Making a Borax and Honey Ant TrapSugar ants find their way to where sweet stuff can be found. A homemade trap can be an effective way to get rid of them. This is a page about making a borax and honey ant trap.


Ants storing food in dirt.

Do Houseplants Contribute to Ant Problems?This is a page about do houseplants contribute to ant problems? Generally unless you bring ants in with your houseplants or soil, they should not encourage ants to come into your home.


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Ants in Stored Cereal?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.


Using Terro Ant Bait

Using Terro Ant BaitWhen you don't want to spray ant killer in your home, you can eliminate them with strategically placed Terro ant bait. This is a page about using terro ant bait.



Ant Trap

Using Ant BaitOnce you have left the ant bait in the their path, it can take a few days to see results. This is a page about using ant bait.


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Getting Rid of Ants in HouseplantsThis is a page about getting rid of ants in houseplants. Getting rid of ants in your potted plants without damaging the plant can be a challenge.


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Ants in Your Coffee Maker?This is a page about ants in your coffee maker. When ants invade your home you may find them congregating or even nesting in some unexpected places.


Black Ant

Natural Ant DeterrentsThis is a page about natural ant deterrents. You want to use insect control products that are safe for pets and people to be around.


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Cucumber Peel to Deter AntsI use a peeled strip from a cucumber, the green skin. Lay it down where they are. It works even when dried up. Does not harm pets or children.


Ants in my garage

Getting Rid of Ants Without PoisonI have had great success this year with using cinnamon on my kitchen counter and windowsill to keep the sugar ants at bay. So when I found ants congregating near my garage wall, I knew just what to do.


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Getting Rid of Ants and Mice?How can I get rid of ants and mice?


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Homemade Ant Bait RecipesIf getting rid of ants in your home and garden is the desired outcome, making your own ant bait at home is easy and effective to do that. This page contains homemade ant bait recipes.



Ants Eating Sunflowers?This is a page about ants eating sunflowers. Ants are all over your beautiful sunflowers, munching away at the leaves.


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Dawn Dish Soap For AntsI like to use things I already have around the house for getting rid of bugs. I tried Dawn liquid soap to kill ants and it really worked.


Carpenter Ant

Getting Rid of Carpenter AntsThis page is about getting rid of carpenter ants. Using a safe, thorough method to keep these ants from your home and buildings is important.


Honey Producing Beehive

Getting Rid of Ants in a Beehive?This page is about getting rid of ants in a beehive. Ants can wreak havoc in a beehive.


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Ants in the Cat Food Storage Container?I started taking care of my neighbor's cat about two or three months ago after he lost his home to foreclosure. It was an outside male cat named Pounce and I have two female cats so one more was just one more to love.


Ants on a Trumpet Vine

Keeping Ants Off a Trumpet Vine?This is a page about keeping ants off a trumpet vine. Trumpet vines produce a lot of nectar making them attractive to bees and ants.


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Getting Rid of Flying Ants?This is a page about getting rid of flying ants. Swarms of flying ants are not uncommon during the summer months. If these swarms are from colonies in your yard or the walls of your house you may want to get rid of them.


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Ants are Eating Holes in Tomato Plants?We are having trouble with holes in our tomatoes. It looks as if ants are eating them. We have sprayed them with an organic spray and with Ortho, but are still having trouble with this. Can you give us an solution?


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Using Soap to Get Rid of Ants?I have seen on this sight that someone was using Vel soap to get rid of ants. Where can I buy Vel soap?


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Spiders, Ants and Mice Oh My!We moved into a small cottage that is a rental with only a small crawlspace under the kitchen. We put stainless steel everywhere to keep the mice out. That worked some. Then the ants were everywhere. Even on my poor dog. But the biggest problem is the spiders.


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Natural Remedy for Ants?Sprinkle pantry shelves, window sills, and door sills with a mixture of red pepper and sage to rid them of ants.


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Control Ants With SaltTo avoid ants, put some salt at the place you see them. They hate it and will go away. It's cheap and green living.


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Black Ants In My House?Summer is here and the ants are invading my house. Especially my computer desk. How do I get rid of the ants around my desk area?


How Do I Get Rid of Ants Outside?How can I control ants? I have little sand volcanoes all over my driveway. Please help.


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Killing Ants in the House?How do I get rid of ants in the house?


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Using Frogs to Control Ants?Last summer my garden was overrun with ants. I tried lots of different things to get rid of the ants but there were way to many. So I was thinking of setting up a frog house in the garden this summer to see if the frogs will do a better job then I can.


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Getting Rid of Red Ants in the Lawn?What is the best way to get rid of red aunts in your lawn?


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Ants in the Bathroom?How do I get rid of sugar ants in the bathroom?


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Home Remedy for Ants?How do I get rid of ants with a home remedy?


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Cornmeal For Ants?Has anyone ever heard of cornmeal killing ants?


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Controlling Ant CentralWe live in an area that is ANT CENTRAL. The house had been invaded time after time and never just a few but armies of them. The problem was growing! I finally did have a pest company begin a regular schedule of spraying but it has taken about two years to actually get them under control.


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Finding The Source Of Ant Infestations?I try all the homemade ant repellents and most of them work but I want to find the source of the ants or the anthills. Although chasing a little ant for hours and hours is very "exciting", where did you find most of your anthills?


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Pharaoh Ant or Sugar Ant Pest ControlNo matter how much I clean and keep all sugary sweets off the counters and tucked away, I will still wake up to find a few ants crawling about. I read a few good tips.


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Getting Rid of Ants in Recycling?My recycling system is attracting ants. Can you help? I rinse out cat food cans, plastic bottles, and place them in a plastic bag hanging from my kitchen doorknob. I take the bag every couple of days to a local recycling center, and sort through the bag there.


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Environmentally Safe Way to Remove Anthills From Lawn?Does anyone have advice on getting rid of anthills in the grass, using a environmentally friendly solution for the grass not the ants.


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Ant Repellents?Does anyone know of a natural house ant repellent. Tiny black ants. They're getting into everything.


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Follow the Ant TrailTo get rid of ants, follow the trail. Once you see a line of ants, try not to kill it right away. Instead, follow the route of the ants so as to know where it's coming from and where it wil end. . .


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Getting Rid of Ants on the PatioTrouble with ants on your patio or yard? Just peel a cucumber and spread the peels around the deck or over the patio...


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Tiny Red Ants in Packages of Food?I have these itty bitty red ants. I don't know what kind they are or how to get rid of them. They have actually gotten into packages of food that haven't even been opened yet. I can't afford to throw away groceries so if any one knows how to get rid of them I sure would appreciate it.


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Huge Ants?We have recently built a garage. We put slag [cement?] right in front of the garage door and now we have ant problems. I am not talking about normal ants, these ants are huge. Can anybody please help me get rid of these?


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Ant Trap Recipe?I believe it was in an old newsletter here that I had read something about how you can get rid of ants by putting something out for them that they will eat and that will then swell in their stomach and cause them to explode.


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Feeding the AntsI lost the battle to ants this year - I couldn't beat them so I joined them! I "fed" my ants all summer and they left me alone. I took an old plastic butter container lid poured pancake syrup, or sugar syrup on it and placed it on the floor beside my dishwasher and out of the way.


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Ants in the House?I am allergic/chemically sensitive to a almost all bug sprays. I had a friend tell me this tip and have used it ever since. Fill a used squirt bottle (mustard or ketchup bottles, cleaned and washed work really good) with the hottest strongest ground cayenne you can find. Find every hole you see a ant come thru and fill with the cayenne. Seems to work for me. By Leila78238Enter teaser before activating


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Bug WipesThese wipes are not at all greasy and are even safe for babies. One wipe goes a long way and they have kept off all the biting and stinging bugs Mississippi has to offer! Check out my other wipe recipes on this site!


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Make Your Own Ant BaitDissolve 1 tsp. boric acid and 6 tblsp. sugar in 1 cup water. Soak some cotton balls in solution. Make bait dispensers from margarine containers by punching holes in container lids.


Drown Ants Nesting In Potted Plants

Drown Ants Nesting In Potted PlantsThis is a picture of my sickly Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen). She stays inside with me. She hasn't been doing well, lately. Maybe it's the company she keeps. Somehow, I sorta doubt that.


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Trapping Pests Near Your Hummingbird FeederIf the bees are chasing your hummingbirds from the feeders, and ants are draining them, as they are mine, you can solve the problem for the most part by making a quick and cheap trap.


March of the Sugar Ants

March of the Sugar AntsWe have been battling sugar ants all month long. We started noticing them coming into the house late in February, when the spring rains started. As this is a yearly ritual, I put ant bait in the usual places; on my kitchen windowsill, near the dog's food, under the fridge.


Ants feeding on a solution of boric acid.

Boric Acid For Controlling Ants In Garden And KitchenI have a fairly large piece of property. It is mostly sandy loam. Ants seem to prefer this type of soil. At any given time, there may be several thousand ant hills on my land.



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Killing Ants in the House?What is the best way to get rid of ants in the house?


Getting Rid of Small Black Ants

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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Ants Eating Rose Buds?Ants are eating my rose buds, they are literally eating into them with no other damage to rose bush. What do you suggest I do?


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Getting Rid of Red Ants in OrchidsI live on the second floor in an apartment and I have red ants in my orchids. The orchids are intertwined into a 6 foot standing tree. I pulled as many orchids out as I can the ones that are rooted to the tree are still there. The ants just moved from one plant to the other. I've used the seven spray both the granules and the spray and still I have them. Any ideas?


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Getting Rid of an Ant Nest in Rose Bush Tub?I have an ant nest in my rose bush. The bush is planted in a tub. How do a get rid of the ants?


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Homemade Remedy for Fire Ants?Does anyone have a homemade remedy for fire ants? I know one can purchase expensive bait to put out. I bought Amdro I believe it was. The last small bag I purchased was over $30.00. I had to apply it many times as the ants just moved from my yard to my neighbor's and back. With both of us treating we did eventually get rid of them.


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