- Born and raised in San Luis Obispo county, I know all the
tricks concerning every creepy crawly critter. Ants HATE red chilli powder...make
a paste (water works) and find where the little black eyed foes are coming in
and going out, apply the paste and you will NOT see them entering there again.
Helpful also, is to sprinkle the powder under sinks or sometimes in worst cases
around windows. good luck, --B. brooks
- Here's how: without any chemicals. Go to a store that specializes
in fruits and vegetables. They have many rolls of small plastic bags for
the produce. They're free. These bags are air tight and water tight with the small
wire tie twist. Use a plastic pitcher of about 2 quart size near your sink/kitchen
top and line it with one of these plastic bags -- and then use it as your trash
When full, apply the wire twist. The garbage is now airtight. No odor. No attraction
to ants. You can even keep several filled bags in the kitchen -- no problem, the
ants won't pick up any scent. It's those little antennas they have that
pick up the scent of food. This simple procedure eliminates those scents.
No more ants -- and no more need to carry the trash outside every night.
You need do it only once or twice a week. Also no more ants near the garbage cans
Make a syrup of 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, 2 teaspoons
borax. Cook until smooth and well blended. Let cool. Put in old jar lids where
you see the ants coming in (near windows/doors). I put mine on the window sills
behind curtains. It took a couple of weeks and I thought it wasn't working, but
one day I realized I hadn't seen any ants for quite awhile. I looked behind the
curtains and found a few little black bodies to clean up, but the price was negligible.
- I too had a problem with ants last spring. We spent LOTS of
money on the sprays and traps and strips and none of it worked. Finally, one day,
my mother-in-law made a suggestion and after trying virtually everything, we figured,
what the heck, it can't hurt... and believe it or not, within a week, the problem
was practically non- existent. Simply sprinkly a little bit of SALT wherever they
are spotted. Plain old regular table salt. If you can find the place they're getting
in, put salt there as well. Apparently, the ants like the taste of it and will
take it "home" for the family. When they eat it, it makes them extremely
thirsty. As gross as it sounds, they will drink water until they "explode".
I don't know if the "explode" part is true, but i do know that I sprinkled
salt on the edges of my kitchen counter, along the wall, and around the back edges
of the counters of the shelves in my pantry, where they were seen most often,
and the problem is gone and has not come back. Hope this helps. --Stacie. Raleigh,
- Hi. I got rid of ants in my infant son's room by scattering
a combination of eucalyptus leaves and whole cloves (available in the spice section
of the supermarket) on the window sills and the floor near the windows. I haven't
seen ants since. The eucalyptus leaves are available in the flower shop. Good
Use any good ant spray, but don't spray inside, spray around
the perimeter of the base of your house as well as around the door and window
openings on the outside and this should help. There are sprays that will
keep them away for months, look for those. I have asthma and am also
sensitive to chemicals. Good luck. Pam
We live in the country and occasionally have an ant problem
as well, the solution I use is as follows:
Take 8oz. of clear Karo style syrup and 1/2 cup of water
and boil them together on the stove for about a minute.
Remove them from heat and add 2 TBS of Boric Acid Powder,
stir it together.
Let this cool and then put it in shallow containers, like
a milk jug lid, in a place where pets or small children will not get to it.
You can also store it (well labeled) for later in an air-tight container.
In the first day or so, the ants will swarm over this and
you have to resist the urge to kill them then, because they are taking all this
back to their nest - after about 3 days I hardly ever see an ant. I am not
sure about the smell, but I think it is minimal, you can give it a try.
Hope this helps, Laura, Irvine, KY
- I use a mixture of small equal amounts of borax and powdered
sugar. The sugar draws the ants. They eat this mixture then take it back
to their nests and die. Supposedly ants are carnivores and when they die the alive
ones eat the dead ones and then they die. I have used this mixture for years.
Hope it helps your reader, and by the way Keep up the good work with the newsletter,
and especially enjoy your beautiful daughters. They grow up so fast. My baby just
turned 19 years young and it seems like just yesterday!!
- Try wiping the counters down a couple of time a day with white
vinegar. Also, I found that if I sprinkled the outside perimeter of my house with
Sevin dust, the same as I use on my tomato plants, the ants don't come in in the
A non-smelly way to get rid of ants is the use of a bottled
liquid you can buy called tarro. You put some in little
caps and sit it in the areas the aunts are seen coming in. This way there is no
spraying etc. We had the same problem until we used this
For the first few days, every ant ever seen, will all gather
at the full caps, and it isn't very pretty, but after you leave it alone after
awhile, you will never see them again like it did for us. LW
- Hi! I have a really great solution for getting rid of
ants. I had a problem and nothing I put out would work. Then I came
across this idea in a book, and it worked really well. First, you have to
make sure that the entry point is blocked off - keep them from coming in.
Also, minimize the amount of crumbs and other food that is attracting them to
your house. Finally, take a spray bottle and mix some liquid dish soap with
water. The soapy spray will knock out the ants right away, and it only smells
as much as your dish soap does. It's really cheap, and works very well.
- In response to the lady with the ant problem, I too have a
hard time using certain chemicals because of the smell and they tend to make my
asthma flare up. We had a problem with those little ants that seem to show up
in the kitchen and bathrooms. I tried cleaning well and spraying with insecticide
but had no luck. I called an exterminator (luckily I got a nice, honest one) who
told me that the regular sprays they spray your home with don't kill those kinds
of ants. They recommended that I buy ant bait traps at the store. I don't remember
if what I bought was made by Raid or Combat, but they come in a thin box and are
called ant bait. They are little circular or dome shaped disc like containers
and they have no smell at all. You put them on your counter top or in your cabinets
where ever you see the ants. It worked great! You may need to put out a second
set when those get old to make sure the ants don't come back. I hope this works
as well for you as it did for me. Good luck.
- We use Diazanon granuals. You
can buy them at Walmart.
- When we were invaded by a small herd of ants, I used plain
old chalk to get rid of them (it's a folk remedy: "Ants won't cross
chalk.") I drew a good solid line around the area where they were getting
in -- in this case the electrical outlet. When they encountered the chalk,
they would either curl up and drop off the wall or turn around and go back where
they came from. I left the chalk up for a couple of weeks; since my walls
are the standard rental property off-white, it really didn't even show.
Use plain old white or yellow chalk from the toy department (not colored chalk,
since it stains) -- I think mine cost $1.50 for a box, and I only needed
half a stick.
Use the rest of the chalk to write a note for your husband
and children: if you can't clean up after yourself, no eating allowed! --Christine
- I have heard that leaving an unwrapped
stick of wintergreen or peppermint gum near where they come in is a deterrant
- Not sure about anything that doesn't smell but will pass this
on to you. It came from one of my Fraternity Men (I was the House Mom!)
at Ole' Miss and I have found it effective. Nothing more than a spray from
a can of 'Pledge' Furniture Polish!! This should be done on the outside
where they are coming in the house. At point of entry and along the
line that you see where they are moving. I have also found on my counters
that I spray vinegar, when I find them there, which I keep for all household cleanups.
I use it 'straight' but it can be mixed w/alcohol--maybe 1/4 to one--which helps
it dry faster. Hope this is of help. LeBrun
- CORNMEAL.....the ants eat it and it swells up inside them...I
guess they explode!! I don't know, but it works. Of course you'll
have to leave the cornmeal sprinkled out on the counter while your gone or sleeping
for the ants to eat it...! --Janet
- I have found that the best way to rid your counters and house
of ants is to sprinkle cinnamon where they tend to accumulate. This is an inexpensive
way to rid your home of these annoying little pests!
- A cheap, non-toxic, and effective way to get rid of ants is
to simply wipe counters, doors, and window openings with vinegar. I understand
that this works because of the non-interaction between the formic acid in their
bodies and the acetic acid in vinegar. (Maybe that makes sense to somebody,
but it doesn't mean much to me. I'm just repeating what I was told.)
I've used this method with great success. It does smell for a little while,
but the vinegar smell really doesn't stick around very long. Is your problem
with all smells, even the natural ones? I'm very chemically sensitive myself,
but I don't have any problem with the smell of vinegar.
Other methods I've read about, but not tried, are to sprinkle black pepper around
where you see ants, or to sprinkle cinnamon or whole cloves or grits (not the
instant kind), or to place bay leaves around, or to draw lines near windows and
doors with chalk (supposedly ants won't cross a chalk line.) Hopefully
you can find something that will work for
- Try one of those electronic pest repellers. They cost about
$20.00 in Lowes and Home depot and are located in the pesticide aisle. However,
there are no poisons involved, so they are environmentally sound and last a very
I bought one from a TV sales program for my son's three-room New York City apartment
to keep the roaches away. It's working miraculously. He hasn't seen a roach since
he plugged it in. Believe me, if it keeps the New York roaches away, it will keep
any crawling, creeping pest away.
Use Citronella oil undiluted on the affected area like steps
or paths use rubber gloves as undiluted essential oils shouldn`t come in contact
with your skin.
Citronella is wonderful for any sort of insects bees, wasps,
slugs they hate the smell. Also if you have a dog put some shampoo in a small
tub and add a few drops of citronella it repels animal fleas.
Good Luck - Sandra, Scotland
- Believe it or not, ants hate pepper. My mom always put
red pepper flakes out in cupboards where dry perishables were to keep the little
critters out. This works in windows too. Since they are edible too, no smell,
no pesticides and it's Mother Nature approved.- Becky
- Responding to a "cheap way to get rid of ants":
my bug guy (exterminator) recommended the following: mix dish detergent
with water, spray outside perimeter of home at ground level or obvious areas of
ant activity. Thoroughly wash counters/cupboards. Here's the tip:
place bay leaves inside cupboards and under items on counter tops. Ants
hate them and will not cross over bay leaves. It works!
Here's what we did when we had the same problem: Take
your used coffee grounds and spread them across doorways, entrances, etc. around
the outside of your house, and anywhere inside that is a problem area. Ants
dislike the coffee very much and won't cross the line! It worked for us
- and it smells good.