I already have ants in my kitchen and it's only March. Is there a

by Juli

I already have ants in my kitchen and it's already March. Is there a safe home remedy to get rid of carpenter ants?

  12 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 23, 2017


  • Elaine Marchant Elaine Marchant on Mar 23, 2017

    I had 3 kinds of ants last Feb even with over a foot of snow and the ground frozen solid. I tried every home remedy I could find on the internet. Nothi8ng worked. When I found a large ant while making my bed I decided to get serious. I checked reviews on Amazon and decided to try a product called TERRO Liquid Ant Baits available at almost any hardware store. The ants were all gone within two weeks. I used them outdoors later in the summer and they worked very well there too. They are a borax based product in a "bait" container so pets and children can't easily access them. They can be really sticky if spilled but wipe up easily with a damp cloth or sponge.

    Hopes this helps.

  • Elisa Rasor Elisa Rasor on Mar 23, 2017

    I used Terro too. They work wonderful.

  • Keely Keely on Mar 23, 2017

    I have the same problem its cold I will look and try this product Thank you for sharing

  • William William on Mar 23, 2017

    Odorous house ants will leave a chemical pheromone trail wherever they travel. If you kill them, other ants will simply follow the trail and show up in the same places. For this reason, the entire colony must be killed.

    When you see the first few ants, you can sponge them (and the surrounding area) with soapy water to eliminate the pheromone trail. Immediately work to figure out where they’re getting into your house, and begin placing homemade ant bait at the entry points.

    Make a homemade bait by thoroughly mixing one part borax with 3 parts powdered sugar. Fill tiny containers (such as bottle caps) with this homemade bait and place them as close to the place where you suspect ants are entering your house. If you see trails of ants, place small containers of the mixture directly in their path. This prevents most of them from traveling all around your house if they have easy access to this sugary treat.

    (Have pets or kids who might get into this powdery mixture? Try this instead: mix one cup warm water with ½ cup sugar and 3 tablespoons borax. Soak it up with cotton balls and place them in shallow dishes near ant trails.)

    Resist the urge to kill all the ants you see. They will carry the bait back to the nest, unable to differentiate between the borax and sugar, and the borax particles will eventually kill the entire colony. The more ants that are allowed to find the bait and carry it back, the faster the colony will die off.

    Spray vinegar near baseboards, in any cracks, and on countertops where they may be traveling. You can allow vinegar to dry on surfaces or wipe with a clean cloth – this eliminates their chemical trail and will deter some of the stragglers. Repeat several times a day.


    • Helen Helen on Mar 26, 2017

      You are right! These recipes are wonderful and takes no time in destroying this pests!

  • Sprinkle grits. Or cornmeal. Ants eat. Grains expand.....

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Mar 26, 2017

    I lived in Hawaii and not only had ants and roaches, but poisonous centipedes and scorpions. The Terro bait is terrific. It also comes in a gel you squeeze out of a large needle. It is perfect to place on ant trails along tile, walls, appliances. Also, if you have pets, place a plate under each water and food dish and make a circle on the plate using cinnamon. Ants hate cinnamon and they won't cross it for food or water. It also won't harm your pets. Replace the cinnamon when it becomes ineffective.

  • Mary L Jones Mary L Jones on Mar 28, 2017

    Diatomaceous earth is safe for people/pets. Kills most crawling insects. Sprinkle where they walk or on carpets before vacuuming.

  • Tammy Stinnett Tammy Stinnett on Apr 01, 2017

    Ants hate cucumber peels. Justhatel a cucumber, place the peels around your kitchen on the counters and the floor. Throw away when dried out. Enjoy the rest

  • Der21272723 Der21272723 on Apr 02, 2017

    Aunts hate baby powder they they will not pass threw it

  • Sugar Ants or Carpenter Ants? The usual house ants. Carpenter Ants eat wood and often are seen with termites (which have wings). Sugar Ants eat