How do you get rid of those teeny tiny ants in house?

Tressa Corbett
by Tressa Corbett
  15 answers
  • Crystal Crystal on Apr 24, 2017

    I put a small bowl of hot sauce and honey mixture, on my floor one night an the next moring there where a bunch of drowning ants. I did it a few nights in a row an eventually they disappeared.

  • Karen Myers Karen Myers on Apr 24, 2017

    Those little ants are commonly called sugar ants. Wipe your counters down with white vinegar to erase the chemical trail they leave behind for other ants to follow. Once won't do it. Be sure to keep all food stuffs off the counter, and clean the counter daily with the vinegar. No more ants!

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    • Kerri M. Kerri M. on Jul 12, 2021

      icon Sorry but that just struck me as funny the way you said it! ๐ŸœNever really thought about ants drinking!icon LOL!icon

  • Debbie Debbie on Apr 24, 2017

    Terro ant baits! Works Wonders!

  • Svb10157896 Svb10157896 on Apr 25, 2017

    You mix 1 tablespoon of borax , 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/4 cup of water. Dip cotton balls in it and place them on small scraps of foil on your counter tops or wherever you have ants. Don't kill the ants. They will carry the food back to the nest and kill the nest.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon or put sticks of cinnamon in the area they are coming in. Fill in the area they are coming in with foam or caulk.

  • Garlic powder keeps some insects away but it stinks! The cinnamon worked for me when ant traps did not work. I have also wipe vinegar on the surfaces but you have to keep reapplying OFTEN. I had ants coming in the wall of the kitchen under the window and cinnamon worked for me. It looks dirty, that's the down part. I started with the powder and after a while put stick cinnamon on the back of the counter-top. The sticks are barely noticeable. But sealing them out is important or they will come back, especially after rain. Good luck!

  • Sug22162459 Sug22162459 on Apr 25, 2017

    Liquid ant bait from wal mart, it is the best and really works.

  • Kathy Howard Kathy Howard on Apr 25, 2017

    White vinegar spray where you ever you see ants also window sill and doorways. They usually stay away for the rest of the year. I mix with some water and spray away. I have been using this for over 40 yrs, inexpensive and not harmful to anyone or thing.

  • Patricia Cucchiara Patricia Cucchiara on Jun 29, 2018

    I had the same problem recently. I was told to mix some sugar and baking soda in a bowl, and set it on the floor wherever the ants are infesting. The ants love the sugar, and bring it "home". It does the job!!

  • Toni Toni on Jun 25, 2020

    I also have these teeny tiny ant like bugs that seem to like my bathroom and kitchen. They seemed to like electronics too, Iโ€™m not sure but it may just be items that are handled.

    I was desperately seeking something nontoxic to use and remember that Avon Skin so soft repels mosquitoes and kills gnats, I thought Iโ€™d give it a try...It worked! Itโ€™s oil based, nontoxic and wonโ€™t hurt granite. I can go weeks without seeing these pests after wiping down my counters.

    I hope my experience can help you.

  • Kim Compo Kim Compo on Jun 25, 2020

    sprinkle cinnamon around, they hate the smell

  • Abluka Abluka on Aug 18, 2020

    Scout ants leave scent behind. To prevent ant infestation, you can remove these scent traces by wiping them with disinfectant or bleach. Just wiping with water will not remove the odor.

    With water and vinegar, you can get rid of the smell left by the scout ant. This process makes the odor disappear, does not kill the ants.

    Ants do not like citrus scents. You can mix lemon juice, orange peel or cucumber peels with warm water to get an ant repellent. Then wipe the surfaces with a cloth and the mixture you have created.

    Ants do not like the scents of spices and herbs either. Mint, basil, red pepper, clove or black pepper would be an effective solution


  • Tom Jeff Tom Jeff on Aug 30, 2020

    Mix peanut butter with boric acid. Put inside of soda straw segments. Remove switch and outlet covers. Put a straw segment alongside switch or outlet box. Replace covers. Ants will find and take back to best.

  • Stephanie Stephanie on May 04, 2022

    I had these tiny ants on my countertops and I put a thin layer of Vaseline where the counter meets the walls and it got rid of them immediately.