How to get rid of ants?


Help! My kitchen has ants. I found them in my cereal this morning! I can't tell where they are coming from. I just find them in something on the counter or on the table. My counter is black granite. Makes it hard to see them but I can't find any trails to follow back to an entry point. Any suggestions for non chemical treatments to kill them?

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  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 27, 2019

    MYTH: Cinnamon kills ants.

    TRUTH: Ants don’t like cinnamon but unfortunately it doesn’t kill or repel them.

    MYTH: Vinegar kills ants.

    TRUTH: Vinegar just removes the smell/trace of ants. While it may help confuse or throw off the rest of the colony, vinegar alone might not be enough to rid your home of these bothersome insects.

    MYTH: Boiling water repels ants.

    TRUTH: If – and only if – the water is boiling will it kill the ants that it is poured on. However, it will not repel future ants from invading your home.

    MYTH: Ants won’t cross a chalk/powder line.

    TRUTH: A chalk/powder line may temporarily stop the ants (it’s the smell that “ disrupts the scent trail”) but it won’t be long before they figure out a way around the chalk/powder. We probably don’t have to tell you, but ants are very persistent creatures!

    MYTH: Uncooked grains, like oatmeal,cornmeal,muffin mix or grits, will kill ants by expanding in their stomachs and then exploding.

    TRUTH: Despite popular belief, there is no evidence that ants can be killed off by dumping grains in or around the “hive.” What we do know is that only the oldest members of an ant colony can digest solid food. The adult, worker, and reproductive ants, can only digest liquids.

    And the biggest ant control myth of all?

    As long as you kill or remove the ants you can see, your problem is solved. To be really be rid of them I suggest either Boric Acid mixed with cornmeal or Amdro ant bait sprinkle a little of the bait besides trail ( not directly on it they will get disrupted and leave or not pick up bait)they carry bait to nest and it kills entire colony. Amdro works fast 2-24 hrs. huge colony is poison as is Boric Acid but just cover with something til the next day don't mess with/block their trail tho' so they carry bait back to colony quickly.if you use liquid bait it kills the working ants before they get back to colony so the trail is gone they just start a new one to & from colony elsewhere.So you only think you have killed them off.Borax and confectioners sugar works but not as fast it is not as toxic.Whichever you use just put it down then remove/clean up what is left after ants are killed off.I say use the Amdro and get rid of them quickly and permanently & be done with it,& I know you said no chemicals.

    • Alberta Coulter Alberta Coulter on Apr 27, 2019

      I do use Amdro in the yard because the hills out there are fire ants. With a 3 year old in the house I don't mess with them. But I don't want to use it inside on my counters I may try the borax and powdered sugar to be on the safe side. Thanks.

  • you might find some helpful tips here:

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 27, 2019

    I know that some people scoff at this but it works no matter what they say.

  • Suzi Suzi on Apr 28, 2019

    I use peppermint essential

    oil mixed with water and spray inside of house all the way around doors and walls. Then I use the same mixture and go around the perimeter of the house in outside. They hate the smell. Mice too. Then I treat any and all ant beds on my property. Works. And also other bugs and pests. They don’t like it

  • I use a product called Terro - works every time!

  • Diane Diane on Apr 28, 2019

    I use a mixture of borax and sugar. Works every time. Check it out on Pinterest!

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