I have a question about ants. We have had a problem with the small, brown ants.
We have tried the borax & sugar, and poison, nothing works. Does anyone have
We have 'them, too. About everybody we know does, here in
Southern California. We don't like to spray poisons around, so we have to put
up with them to some extent, but we have found that they hate baby powder (preferably
scented talcum). If you find a trail of them in your house, or some "scouts"
looking for food so they can bring the rest of their nest to enjoy it, just sprinkle
the baby powder on the ants and wherever they are coming in from, if you can find
it, and you will see them begin to get upset. After a while, they'll be gone,
and they won't be back again for awhile, even after you remove the powder. We
dust baby powder on our honey jar and sugar bowl, as well as the outside
of the cats' dish and it keeps the ants off.
Sounds crazy, but try vinegar! Fill
a squirt bottle with plain old cheap white vinegar, and squirt it anyplace you've
seen ants (kitchen counters, windowsills, etc) and let it dry. It's non-toxic,
won't harm anything, and the smell will go away in just a couple of minutes. It
worked for me!
I have a suggestion for the ant problem;
plain old cinnamon. I put in or at the site of the ant invasion, they back off
Black pepper is a nonlethal, poison
free, cheap, and safe way to get rid of ants - sprinkle the black pepper where
you see them congregating and watch 'them scatter. Follow them to where they're
exiting - which is the same spot they're entering in at - and sprinkle the pepper
at that spot to keep them from coming back in. It's safe to use in your cabinets,
on windowsills, near your pets and kids, around food, etc.
I have a book with several tips for
the use of apple cider vinegar. One of them is getting rid of ants. Make
a mixture of 50/50 water and vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the
surface with the solution several times a day. Ants guide themselves with their
scent. Vinegar has a natural chemical that alters ants' scent and which ants avoid.
My husband was in conversation recently
with a gentleman in the pest control business. This man preferred to use environmentally
safe methods to control pests. His recommendation for ants was: equal parts Windex
and Ivory Soap. Simply mix, and spray problem areas.
Most ant poisons have a sweetness to
them that attracts most but not all ants. Some ants are attracted to grease. Observe
your ants and see what they like, maybe you need a different bait. Also, though
this is sometimes difficult, see if you can trace them back to where they are
getting in, because caulking is usually the best solution, as it prevents recurrence.
I live in south Florida, the bug capital
of the world, and I don't use anything toxic in or around my home. I discovered
a safe way to get rid of ants. I found Shakley's Basic H. It is a non-toxic soap
made from soybeans. I take a pint spray bottle, fill it 1/3 with Basic H and 2/3
with water, mixing gently. Follow your trail of ants to try to discover where
they are entering. Spray a thin stream of the mix around where they are coming
in. I also spray around my door frames and into any openings where they might
enter. Caulking any little holes or openings is also helpful. Please remember
this is a SOAP. Do not spray where it will be stepped on and someone will slip.
I reapply it as needed. Try to keep it off painted surfaces as it will eventually
bubble the paint. You can also put three tablespoons into a Miracle Grow feeder
full of water and spray outside around the foundation of your house. It will soak
into the soil and get into the nests. Do this once or twice a month until the
problem abates. As an added bonus, use the same mixture in your feeder and spray
your lawn to keep it flea free. I also keep the little spray bottle handy
to spritz any bugs that try to dash in the door when it's open. If it can kill
a palmetto bug (roaches that are as big as B-52's), it will kill anything!
I had a bad problem with them last year and tried everything.
Then, I read in a book to place Bay Leaves on your counters and preferably along
the trail where they are coming in (if you can find it). It worked. Now I make
sure that I keep some behind my canisters, etc. on my countertops.
We use plain white chalk drawn in
a line at the place they come in they wont cross for some reason and also I use
comet cleanser sprinkled where children/animals don't go.
So far this has worked in my house.
First you need to find out where they are coming in at. To kill ants that have
entered your home without poison I use straight Simple Green. Believe me
it works. Then after they are all dead, clean the area and spray the area with
a peppermint spray. Fill a spray bottle with water and add approximately 10 -
15 drops of peppermint essential oil , sometimes called Peppermint Spirits. Ants
won't cross the area because they hate the smell. Hope it works as well for you
as it has for me.
Try instant grits. The theory is that
the ants will take the grits to the Queen, she will ingest it and when she takes
water, she will explode. No queen, no colony Ants will crawl away from mint.
I did this as a science experiment and it worked. Just plant mint all around
your house. Especially near doorways.
A line of cayenne pepper usually stops them from crossing
Try putting some whole cloves around. I put them on the window
sills and door jams and also sprinkled a few around in my bottom cabinets. It
I recently purchased the book “The Garden Guy –
A Seasonal Guide to Organic Gardening in the Desert Southwest” by Dave Owens.
Below is quoted information that may help you out. Dave Owens, does the
Garden Guy's segments
on KTVK (Channel 3) in the metro Phoenix area during Good Morning Arizona. –
Outdoor Ant Control
Supplies: 1 to 2 gallons water
Stove or barbecue grill
Instructions: Heat water to 160 to 170 degrees. Quietly sneak up to the mounds
of ants and pour the boiling water down the hole.
Note: I normally try to do this between 11am and 2 pm.
Indoor Ant Control
Supplies: 1 tbsp. boric acid
1 tbsp. mint jelly or peanut butter
Small cardboard box
Instructions: Mix the boric acid and mint jelly; spread mixture on a cracker.
Punch pinholes in a cardboard box; place cracker inside. Place box in an area
where ants cause problems, but away from children and pets.
Note: The mint jelly or peanut butter lures the ants in and the boric acid kills
Indoor and Outdoor Ant Control
Supplies: Diatomaceous earth
Instructions: Dust food-grade diatomaceous earth along the ant’s pathways.
Note: The white powder will cut through their exoskeleton and they will dehydrate
Indoor and Outdoor Ant Control Supplies:
1 1/2 cup Cream of Wheat
Instructions: Place a dish of Cream of Wheat where the ants can access it.
Note: After they eat it, the cereal expands and the ants will explode.
This is an answer for Ana who has problems with ants in her
kitchen. I have found sprinkling Comet or Ajax powder around the area the ants
are invading works wonders. I also take it outside and find where the ants are
coming up into the house and sprinkle it there. This is great in the kitchen because
it is not poisonous like bug sprays. Good luck! - LR
Red chili powder !! I've been using it to repel ants for years.
Make a paste using a little water, find where the little black pests are coming
in and going out and paste the area. you can sprinkle the powder too, but I find
adding water makes it more potent. The ants hate the stuff. Brooke and Mary B.
To trap ants leave an open bottle of maple syrup (cheap stuff
is ok) the ants love it and they drown happy. Just make sure you your children
and sig. other know about it (LOL). Also I have had luck with the Torro ant poison.
It's like a syrup. This they take back to the colony. - Lucy
Mix borax with sugar water. Place it on the ant trails and
where the ants are coming in. It kills any ant that eats the mixture. From CSinbad
Get some plain-flavored instant grits and sprinkle them in
areas where you have seen the ants. The ants will take the grits back to their
queen, and when she eats them, they will expand and kill her. When the queen dies,
the nest dies. Grits are not toxic to humans or pets. - CMH
If you are looking for something to buy, try this
place -- their product worked for me when all other *commercial* stuff had
failed. (I didn't hear about many of the natural methods til *after* using the
BugGuys' stuff, so I can't comment on whether you might be able to make an equally
effective "home brew".) The Bug Guys are also great about answering questions
Some mint oil and mint chewing gum help repel ants in a house.
placed a stick or open pack of chewing gum on a shelf. Outside you can plant mint
around the foundation. It makes a good groundcover and is fragrant when it's stepped
on. I hope this helps. Please let me know. - Diana