get rid of ants outdoor

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 08, 2021

    It's that time of year and here come the ants.

    We have them too, mainly in the kitchen, so what we do is get a box or 2 of jiffy corn muffin mix and sprinkle it outdoors of the rooms they are in, do not bake it. The worker ants that are lookiing for food will take it back to the colony and it will kill them, but you will need actual poison to kill the queen, whose purpose is reproduction. To do this, like Vimarhonor contributed, use Terro, it is a great product.

    We use it on the deck or any place you see a parade (stream) of them.

    If you can locate the colony and can pour boiling water on it, that will do the trick too.

    The worker ants leave a trail of pheromones in your house where ever they travel, you will need to destroy this trail by cleaning with a product like white vinegar or a cleaner that you can safely use on your countertops.

  • Em Em on Jun 08, 2021

    Optigard is the best product on the market to kill the colony. People spray the worker ants outside the nest. Waste of time. Use tiny clear gel optiguard dots in their path and they take the poison into the nest to kill the queen. Otherwise they are going to produce MORE worker ants and the saga goes on.

    Optigard is found on Amazon. Share tubes with neighbors as you only need a few tiny dots to do the trick.

  • William William on Jun 08, 2021

    A few ways

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 08, 2021

    use Ortho Bug Spray around deck, patio and all around your house and they will be gone

  • Dee Dee on Jun 08, 2021

    It depends on what type of ants you have. I just killed 2 fire ant mounds with boiling water and some Amdro. Fire ants are hard to kill and you need to use a product made just for fire ants.

  • My husband uses an ant spray he gets at the hardware store and sprays it around the doors and windows outside.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 08, 2021

    Hello, this one can be used indoors or outside

  • Janice Janice on Jun 08, 2021

    Here's more info....... though I was skeptical, I've used the corn meal Jiffy muffin mix and it worked on my small ants.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 08, 2021

    Hello. I highly recommend the commercial products made by Terro. If you look over at the reviews and QA on Amazon and see how highly rated the traps are.

    I have been using them both indoors and outdoors - and been very successful in my overall situation. Additionally- I sometimes do an exterior Home defense foundation perimeter type product as well for spiders. Hope this helps.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 08, 2021

    I am a huge fan of Sevin granules. I buy a large bag at Sam's and fill up several large coffee containers. When I walk around the yard I take it with me, sprinkle on any beds I see, and the next day they are gone.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 09, 2021

    Hi Mar: This is what I used for my ant problem, it may work for you, too.

    Make a mix of 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 powdered sugar. Mix well and put around the spots they are in your garden, or inside your home, it's harmless to people and pets. For outside use, you can put it in a bottle, like a pill bottle or something like that. Cut a hole on the edge of the cap, and lay the bottle on it's side so the ants can come in and get the mix. This way, it stays dry if it should rain. They will take it back to the nest and it should kill them. I'd keep it out there all season if you can. The mix makes a gas and the ants can't pass gas, so it kills them. Anything else that eats it will just taste the baking soda and say "Yuck" and walk off. It won't hurt anything that can pass gas, so it's completely safe. It helps to know what type of ant you are trying to get rid of, too. Try this site, scrolling down to see the different types of ants and how to deal with them.

    Good luck.

  • Alissa Alissa on Jun 09, 2021

    Visit they have natural pest control products

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 12, 2021

    We also use Terro but need to be careful pets or kids don't get into it.