How can I stop ants from coming into the house?

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I think they come in the house when I bring in my big plants.
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 13, 2017
    Try sprinkling cinnamon around the border of the rooms that they're sneaking into. Good luck!!

    • Gar5989394 Gar5989394 on Mar 13, 2017
      Thank you I've tried that and I think they are living in the dirt of the house plants when I bring them in in the fall and they are big plants to big to soak in a tub of water before I bring them in

  • I'm not sure if it works on ants in general, but I used to get fire ants in my compost pile when it cooled down. To get rid of them, I dissolved 1 cup of molasses (black strap) in a gallon of water and poured it all over the pile. You could try watering your plants with the same mixture while they're still outside, just before you bring them in. I don't think you'd have to wait more than an hour or so bring them in as the molasses water works very quickly.

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    • I don't think it kills them, but it certainly runs them out of a compost bin! That's why I said to do this while your plants are still outside to give the ants somewhere to go OUTSIDE rather than just somewhere else in your house. I got this tip from a fellow Master Composter when I found fire ants in my compost, and I know it works on them. I would think it would work on other ants as well.

  • I believe that Borax works.

    • Gar5989394 Gar5989394 on Mar 15, 2017
      Hi Gaffney I'm afraid to put borax in my plants but it does work for the house but since I keep my 2 year old grandson I can only use it in certain places thanks for the info

  • Gosh no not if you have a very precious grandchild around. Try to google it perhaps? Best of luck.

  • Gin Gin on Mar 26, 2017
    They do not like Rosemary. Soak Rosemary with warm water, or put Rosemary oil in water, and spray where they are coming into area. Or cotton balls with oil or grow Rosemary plants in areas outside where they are getting in. I grow them in pots in kitchen & put leaves in floor near door. Then vacuum up & smell freshens up bag.
    Mice also do not like Rosemary!