How do I keep black ants 🐜 away from my kitchen counters ?

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  • Kim Kim on Jul 28, 2018

    Make your own bait! It gets carried back to the nest and kills the queen. Soak a cotton ball in the following solution and place in the middle of the "line" near wear they come in.

    Ant Bait

    1 1/2 Cups warm water

    1 1/2 TBSP Borax

    mix well

    add 1/2 Cup sugar

    mix well

    Store in airtight container

    You need to keep this out of the reach of children & pets as it is toxic. If you need, you can put the cotton ball in a small plastic container with a few ant sized holes drilled in the bottom sides

    I hope that helps


  • Dee Dee on Jul 28, 2018

    Peppermint oil on cotton will do the trick

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Jul 28, 2018

    Ants are clever little critters that can smell food a mile away and send the colony over to bring it back to their you probably have a food source in your kitchen or inside your cabinets for them to be there at all. I had a problem every Spring with ants in the kitchen...and cleaned out every shelf of my cabinets ...and even got a full cover for my toaster with a zipper because if your toaster is on the counter or inside the cabinets, there are small crumbs from bread in there...and they will find it! Ever since toaster cover is in there I have had no ants this year at all...

  • I Use packaged cornbread mix that says it is sweetened and put it where they are coming in (if you can find it), or even on your counter in a small lid. 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.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 28, 2018

    Wash surfaces well with Dawn, or similar dish detergent. Wipe down all walls, counters with distilled white vinegar, full strength. It destroys the trail ants leave for their friends. All food items must be secured in tight fitting containers (even table salt!).

  • Ala21478386 Ala21478386 on Jul 28, 2018

    I thought borax was safe. What is the dangerous element of this mix?

  • Hi Yvonne - This is the most effective and all-natural method we use. Good luck! Hugs, Holly