Asked on May 16, 2019

How do I get rid of ants?

Debbie/Dragonfly TreasureHolly Bertone | Pink FortitudeRedcatcec


small ants are in front of condo - eating area and kitchen - and large black ants are in living room trying to get to kitchen

4 answers
  • Dfm
    on May 16, 2019

    Sticky traps or feed them equal part sugar and borax.

  • Redcatcec
    on May 16, 2019

    Hi Sandy,

    What has worked for us is Jiffy corn mix, sprinkle it outside the rooms where they are coming in-fresh from the box, do not bake. The workers take this back to the colony and it kills them, but not the queen. She is responsible for reproduction and needs poison to end her.

    Another product we have used is Terro, available at Walmart and other diy stores, it is a liquid, just put a drop on the provided cardboard and the ants love it. We even place it in a parade and the flock to it. This may take several days and you'll see an increase in numbers of them because they are feeding , then they will be gone.

    Keep in mind when ants travel, they leave a pheromone trail to let other ants know where they have gone and found food, this has to be cleaned up with what is safe to use on your counters. It wipes out the path leaving newly entering ants confused and without a path to follow.

  • Hi Sandy - Those little buggers are relentless, aren't they?!? This is the most effective method and all-natural spray DIY that we use with ants. It's best indoors, but will also work outside with more frequent applications. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on May 16, 2019

    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 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.

    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 -

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