How do I get rid of ants in my kitchen?


The ant's are now and in the bathroom too. I have put ant trapes around and that didn't hlep at all. We do not leave any food open and the dishis are always done right after we eat. We keep everything wiped down And they just keep coming back. Any help would would be great and willing to try any thing at this point. Thanks.

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  • Jennie Helmick Jennie Helmick on Mar 10, 2019

    If the ants are very tiny the only way to truly get rid of them is to get an exterminator. They will spray outside and chauk gel around countertops and where they entered. We have tried all the homemade remedies with no results. The tiny ants are the hardest to get rid of.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Mar 10, 2019

    I don't know if any of these will work...but here are some more ideas:

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 11, 2019

    AMDRO ANT BAIT put it on trail they carry it back to nest it kills queen works fast 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 line.

    TRUTH: A chalk 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. 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.” 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.

    Unfortunately, where you see a few ants, more will likely follow. If you have or have had an ant infestation in your home, you know you need a remedy that will control the population, not just kill a handful of ants here and there.

  • Hi Cindy - Those little buggers are relentless, aren't they?!? This is the most effective method and all-natural spray DIY that we use with ants. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

  • Marti Bradish Marti Bradish on Mar 11, 2019

    Cindy, I use to have a house keeping business years ago,&one of my clients had an infestation of tiny red ants in her kitchen near the back door. She asked if I could get rid of the ants. I'm not in the bug killing business, but I thought I'd at least TRY. I saw the ants had a trail from back door to kitchen wood baseboard. I sprayed orange oil furniture polish across door threshold & on outdoor concrete step close to door, plus along kitchen baseboard. Then wiped it off floor to prevent any slippery spots. Plus I told my client to dig up the "Lilies of the valley" plants outside her back door & replant them away from house. That's where I noticed the ants had numerous mounds. I wasn't sure this technique would work, but it did. The ants were repelled by the oil, & the plants being away from back door stopped the ants from entering back door. It's worth a try. I hope it works for you 😊

  • SununDance SununDance on Mar 11, 2019

    They aren't looking for food. They are looking for water.

  • Odessa Odessa on Mar 11, 2019

    Don't know who u r but corn meal or grits will work r try time at least it did got me pt

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 11, 2019

      And the biggest ant control myth of all?

      As long as you kill or remove the ants you can see, your problem is solved.

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  • Oliva Oliva on Mar 11, 2019

    Is it possible that the ants are seeking moisture? I didn't notice any location for you.

    If this is possible, you'll need to also increase air circulation via exhaust fans, using only linens that have not been laundered in fabric softener (which reduces absorption), and laundering more often. Plantings up against your home can provide an access means for ants.

    You may have a small leak which has not made itself yet visible, but is present in older home's plumbing.

    Spraying the exterior perimeter of your home may help.

  • I use packaged cornbread mix that says it is sweetened and put it where they are. They will take it to the mound, everyone will eat it and die, they can't digest the cornmeal, but will take it because it is sweetened. Little goes a long way.

    I read this from : Itsmemic

    Medicated powder from the Dollar Tree. It has eucalyptus in it...menthol...I puff it around my homes foundation..and inside under my birdcages in the cracks under moldings. Work immediately and they never come back. I do this at the first sign of one day..GONE. The powder is in a very large container and lasts quite awhile too !! And smells great !

    Not toxic to my birds OR dog

    What if you make a barrier around the house.

    I did some research, since we know what works for one person doesn't always work for another. I found this site and it's pretty informative. I know some tips you may not be able to use but there are some good ones also that will hopefully help.

    Ants are so weird. One time I found them inside the freezer in the garage!! What would possess them to go inside a freezer only to die? They must have sent signals back or something ~ there were no ant trails only a freezer full of dead ants. Hasn't happened since.

    Ant Spray -