How do you get rid of sugar ants that come into the house?

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  • Lori Lori on Apr 29, 2019

    I heard cinnamon. Or take orange peels, stuff into a quart jar, fill jar with white vinegar, let set about 1-2 weeks, put liquid into a spray bottle and use on area where the ants are coming in.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 29, 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 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 sugar 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 mixed with confectioners sugar work too but not as quickly

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    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 01, 2019

      sweep it up with broom then wash the broom & dust pan with some dish soap or laundry soap and rinse it off. use a plastic tub or bucket that broom will fit in & fill with soapy water dunk it in several times then rinse same with dust may have multiple colonies in your yard or even neighbors yard(they travel far for food) so keep a look out for them and repeat if you see more. If you touch it just wash your hands with soap and water or use plastic/disposable gloves if your so worried. you can also wash down areas with the left over soapy water and your broom then rinse it well.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 29, 2019

    diatomaceous earth

  • Hi June - 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