How do I get rid of protein ants?

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There's no trail of ants, they just suddenly appear out of nowhere, 1 or 2 scouts, or 100 or more. I thought I would ask the hometalkers for advice before calling the exterminator. Thanks!
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 04, 2017
    Where are the ants?
  • Connie Hart Connie Hart on May 04, 2017
    If you can find where they came from, sprinkle red pepper around the area . They have noses and mouths and they will never come back
  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on May 04, 2017
    I have had a problem with ant this year. Ant traps are great, keep your counter clean and I spray Windex on my counter, they hate it. Try spraying around your foundation of the house with home defense, it takes a while, but hopefully they will be gone. Good Luck
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 04, 2017
    again the ant situation has not been said where it is.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 04, 2017
    Use liquid ant bait. If they don't react to it, you can add a bit of peanut butter.
  • Nancy Nancy on May 05, 2017
    I have replied 3 times and they aren't posting. To Janet Pizaro, the ants are tiny, and on my kitchen counters. They are looking for the tiniest little bit of canned cat food or meat, and aren't interested in sugar or bread crumbs. 2 different kinds of ant traps have made no difference. I will try the Windex and red pepper and see if that helps. Thanks everyone!
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    • Nancy Nancy on May 16, 2017
      I tried the Windex idea submitted by Peggy, and the problem seems to be better as I have seen only a few. I also discovered that Windex killed them on contact. I didn't want to use insect spray on the kitchen counter, so I had been killing them by hand with a paper towel. Thank you so much for taking time to reply to my question.
  • Roanne Roanne on May 05, 2017
    Painted or natural rocks would work well.
  • I use packaged cornbread mix that says it is sweetened and put it where they are. They will take it to the mound, everyone will eat it and die, they can't digest the cornmeal, but will take it because it is sweetened. Little goes a long way.


    I read this from : Itsmemic

    Medicated powder from the Dollar Tree. It has eucalyptus in it...menthol...I puff it around my homes foundation..and inside under my birdcages in the cracks under moldings. Work immediately and they never come back. I do this at the first sign of ants..in one day..GONE. The powder is in a very large container and lasts quite awhile too !! And smells great !

    Not toxic to my birds OR dog


    What if you make a barrier around the house.

    I did some research, since we know what works for one person doesn't always work for another. I found this site and it's pretty informative. I know some tips you may not be able to use but there are some good ones also that will hopefully help.

    https://www.familyhandyman.com/pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-ants/view-all/


    Ants are so weird. One time I found them inside the freezer in the garage!! What would possess them to go inside a freezer only to die? They must have sent signals back or something ~ there were no ant trails only a freezer full of dead ants. Hasn't happened since.


    Ant Spray - https://www.hometalk.com/31195184/cheap-easy-homemade-ant-spray?

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