Asked on Aug 16, 2019

How do I get rid of ants?

MarciaDebbie/Dragonfly TreasureRedcatcec


Ants entering kitchen

4 answers
  • Cindy
    on Aug 18, 2019

    Hi Oscar. I'm Cindy. Pour some good, old-fashioned white vinegar in a spritz bottle and spray those ants with it. Repeat in 2 or 3 days to get rid of any eggs that might have hatched.

  • Redcatcec
    on Aug 18, 2019

    Hi Oscar,

    A couple of methods I have tried and have worked well for us:

    Take a box of Jiffy corn meal mix and sprinkle it on the ground outsdie your kitchen, they will take it back to the colony and it will destroy the workers, but nor the queen(s). For them you'll need poison.

    A note, do not bake the corn meal mix, use it raw, right out of the package. Repeat as often as needed or if it rains.

    We have also used a product called Terro, available in DIY stores in the pest control section, follow the directions on the box. We have put this down and they love it. This works even if they are in a parade across the deck. Also, this will take a few days and they will be gone.

    Cindy's method works well too, vinegar is non-toxic to us, but it wipes out the ants and destroys their pheromone trail they leave for other ants to follow.

  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on Aug 18, 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 -

    oatmeal and koolaid . cant digest the oatmeal. Good Luck ?!

  • Marcia
    on Aug 21, 2019

    i have been usng 20 mule team borax (dish soap) and confectionate sugar for ever kills bugs and won't harm your pets.

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