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Home Remedy to Get Rid of Ants

Updated on July 31, 2008

You Can Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Photo Courtesy of Jon Mitchell
Photo Courtesy of Jon Mitchell

How Do I Get Rid of Ants Indoors?

I have dealt with the dreaded ant problem several times before. Before learning how to get rid of ants, we had one particular summer where I literally vacuumed up the trail of ants that formed in my kitchen every morning. Since we have both children and indoor pets, hiring an exterminator or using harmful chemicals or pesticides to eliminate ants wasn't a viable option for us.

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

After much trial and error, here are the most effective ways that I have used to get rid of ants inside without using dangerous pesticides. Try all of these ways to get rid of ants until you hit on a winner. For some reason, different methods and ingredients are more effective at different times when trying to eliminate ants. I am assuming it depends on the type of ant that has invaded.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Diatomaceous earth is a great home remedy to get rid of ants. Simply sprinkle lines of it in areas where ants are seen and where they enter your home. This is one of the best ways to get rid of ants that I have used. Be certain to get the right type of diatomaceous earth, however. The kind used for pools and such is harmful to kids and pets. You should be able to find diatomaceous earth at a garden center or nursery. Ask if you are uncertain about the type you are buying.

Baby powder sprinkled in areas where ants invade is also supposed to get rid of ants. I haven't used this method personally, as baby powder contains talcum which is supposed to be a carcinogen when inhaled or ingested. (Ironic, isn't it?)

Use Lemons to Get Rid of Ants

A lemon juice mixture also works surprisingly well. I can't remember where I learned this home remedy to get rid of ants, but mix up about half lemon juice and half water. Put this in a spray bottle and spray everywhere ants are seen and anywhere they can enter. This includes spraying around the outside of the house. Works wonders if you want to eliminate ants!

Kill Ants With Grits!

Believe it or not, quick grits will help eliminate ants in your home. Just sprinkle them dry anywhere ants have been seen. Once the ants have ingested them, they expand and kill the ants. This is also an effective way to kill ants outside. Just sprinkle the instant grits all around any ant hills.

More Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, black pepper, and peppermint oil all help get rid of ants. To use this method, be sure that a line of the spice or oil is long enough that the ants can't simply go around it to enter your home. If you have toddlers, this method for getting rid of ants isn't recommended for obvious reasons. Pets usually steer clear of these ant killers.

Best Home Remedy to Get Rid of Ants

Many people swear by boric acid mixed with anything sweet to get rid of ants. The mixture ratio should be 2 parts sweet substance to 1 part boric acid. It is supposed to be a very effective way to eliminate ants. I didn't use this method because boric acid can be harmful if inhaled and I have a dog with breathing problems already. Its toxicity is supposed to be very low, though.

Are There Any Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ants Outside?

If outdoor ants and ant hills are a problem, try pouring boiling hot water straight onto the ant hills. Be careful not to burn yourself, as the hot water will splash. You may have to repeat this a few times to kill ants and get rid of them, but it usually causes ants to find more hospitable environments.

Also try the grits and lemon juice mixture methods mentioned above to get rid of ants outside.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Ants

If you don't mind commercial ant killers, I've heard many recommendations from friends and family for Terro ant baits. I have been told that Terro baits will get rid of ants in less than a week. I believe that the active ingredient is boric acid. They are also supposed to be safe to use around pets.

Of course, if you want to get rid of ants forever, find out where those suckers are entering and seal it up with caulking. No more ant problem!

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      klesb 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the well-meant tips - but where can I buy the arsenic?

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Angela (Angela Harris) and ant-haters everywhere -

      It is always difficult to get rid of ants inside or outside of the building. It is easy to confuse the little critters, however. Some time ago I came upon a long line of ants, all heading for the sugar bowl on top of the kitchen counter. Being of a mean and cruel disposition, I squashed one of them - maybe it was the leader of this "million-ant march" deal. Its corpse sort of dragged long the counter top. The whole line of ants marched around the stretch on which the dead ant had been moved. Seeing that, I again put my finger onto the dead ant and dragged its little body around in a circle, enclosing a bunch of the marching ants inside the circular drag line. They would go up to the circle, but would not cross over it. That made me wonder about the feasibility of gathering up a gazillion little ants, putting them through the blender, mixing them with water, and spraying them all around the periphery of the building to keep live ants from entering...

      Probably that would work OK, but might attract roaches. :-)

      Have fun today,

      Gus :-)))

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Useful information. I'm going to try the lemon juice mixture and see if it gets rid of the carpenter ants once and for all. Thank you for sharing.

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very useful directory of how to get rid of ants. I have struggled with them in the office for three months now. They attacked my honey, sugar and anything edible or drinkable, including plain water. Even when you think you have secured a jar or bottle properly, a worker finds an opening and then reports back in very exacting detail to the entire clan in the nest. Now with you hub, I have more ways than one to get rid of them for good. Great hub - shared.

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      marion langley 4 years ago from The Study

      We use the around the front yard and it's working great so far. I had heard of cinnamon being a deterrent but didn't know about peppermint oil...though it should have occurred to me when a friend recommended growing mint in the garden to keep their ant hills away. Insta Grits? I'll have to grab a box for the pantry just in case. Thanks for writing!

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      ella 5 years ago

      I tried vinegar - didn't work, I tried cinnamon - didn't work, I tried bay leaves - didn't work, I tried lemon juice - didn't work, I am currently trying grits - they love it and I hope this works. If not - screw natural, Im buying bug spray!!

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      jhoneyb53 5 years ago

      I have grandbabies and the best thing to stop them in their tracks is baby powder. it smells good and is not harmful to the babies. only thing is, it don't kill them, just stops them in their tracks, and watch because the will eventually find another way to get to the water. I fight with those little irating every year, more in the winter,but I spray around my house about every 3 months with something I get from Ace and you mix it with water, it don't kill the ants, just put a barrier that they will not cross, and only last about 3 or 4 months. But when I don't spray and they come inside i just sprinkle baby powder in their area and they leave for a little and gives me a chance to go outside and spray.

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      Lee 5 years ago

      You all got it wrong....these concoctions not work..they just move...and yellow Lights attract insects cause they think thir going to heaven... The guiding light..

      It's sound that deter these pest....that's right...sound

      Play the song tip toe through the tulips by Tiny Tim...

      It's so horrible that it hurts thir they move on to the neighbors who be playing Beethoven or hopefully good ole down home country music..

      There's Yur Answer

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      anju -india 6 years ago

      chalk is helpful but what 2 do for those coming out of kitchen sink

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      carol 6 years ago

      I'm going to try some of these remedies thanks a lot because i've had problems with ants for awhile now and dont want to use them nasty smelling sprays kills my sinuses.... thanks

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      maggie 6 years ago

      hey listen....all that shit don't work. I tried it all, every single idea on the web. The small red ants never will be rid of.

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      kayla 6 years ago

      hey thanks people for the tips i just noticed the little black ants in the kitchen and living room and also kitchen but today when i first noticed the ants in my bedroom there was only a few than i left for the day i came back to find like 30 ants on my sheets i tried to use this ant spray but it did not work but i tried the baby powder then some gold bond seems to far

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      kayla 6 years ago

      hey thanks people for the tips i just noticed the little black ants in the kitchen and living room and also kitchen but today when i first noticed the ants in my bedroom there was only a few than i left for the day i came back to find like 30 ants on my sheets i tried to use this ant spray but it did not work but i tried the baby powder then some gold bond seems to far

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      mother3 6 years ago

      i have tried everything, our whole neighborhood was built on an anthill, so after reading everything i could and trying everything i could - i tried baby powder, worked like a charm, it is the best thing i have tried....

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      bee bc canada 6 years ago

      there a few good tipser in here i went bought some talccum or babay powder goin to try it and all the other remedys i hav never thought of tryin it the 1st i seen baby powder so i am try it now an ihave all the other stuff to windex cinnimon cyan blk pepper i dont know which one werkz i have tiny tiny black ants then those big one then i have blk red ant there not in the kitchen just in the livingroom so i find it werid there i thought tha bee in the kitchen area nope just in the livingroom so i hope one of the remedy will werk:}

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      Samantha 6 years ago

      Thanks for all these tips! In the sudden hot weather and rain we have been getting ant trails. Not even in the kitchen but in our bathroom and study. I also think mowing the lawn may have stirred them up. I have tried the baits and ant sand before. Ant sand works ok. I think I will try the lemon juice as it is most popular. We have a cat and I dont want to keep using fly spray and chemicals. My husband also has asthma. I have also read somewhere that instead of killing them just put pots of honey or sugar outside to keep them out rather than kill them. I think I will use multiple different things as Im sick of cleaning them up!

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      Ann 6 years ago

      I am going to try the lemon and water mixture on my counter tops. However, they have also been in my bedroom; I will try the talc on my bed since it can be easily dusted off. Thanks a mil for the tips!

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      Petina 6 years ago

      Very cool ideas. I like having more than only one or two suggestions. That way, I have backup and then a backup for my backup. We don't use chemicals in our home either.

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      Shanneene 6 years ago

      I have had ants coming in mainly the kitchen, but they started to come into my bedroom. They're tiny ants, which really have a horrible stench to them when killed. I tried this product called 'Ant Rid' which smells like honey. Bah. Didn't work one bit, the ants didn't go near it. So I have tried the lemon one, only I didn't put it in a spray, I used it and wiped down everything in my room with the solution. Here's hoping it works. If not, I will try some of the other remedies in this site. :)

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      kay 6 years ago

      Yesterday I saw ants around my dogs food bowl. I sprinkled cinnamon where their path was... and poured cayenne pepper at their entrance.. as I was cleaning around where my dogs bowl was she's old and makes messes.. I was using mr. clean diluted with water (lemon) in a spray bottle.. killed the little stinkers on contact. so now when I see stragglers I spray with my mr. clean.. so far so good.. and they had some good communication going on there was plenty of them at

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      6 years ago

      The best thing ever is lemon juice!!! Trust me! I tried everything else! Windex, 409.. etc. None of those work when you have a huge ant problem. It just stuns them for awhile. Here's what I did that completely eliminated the ants. I mixed 3/4 of a cup of freshly squeezed lemons with 1/4 of a cup of water in a spray bottle. I sprayed it and left it on my kitchen counters and cracks in the kitchen where the ants were coming through for 2 days, and then wiped it all down. It worked like a charm! The counters might be just a little sticky for 2 days, but hey, if it gets rid of the ants and it's safe to ingest and inhale, then I'm all for it! ;) I haven't had any ants in my kitchen since. It's been 4 days now since I sprayed. The lemon destroys their scent trail. Try it! You won't regret it! =)

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      Amber 6 years ago

      I am anxious to try these remedies. I used to line my cabinets and the back side of my counters with plain white chalk. The ants won't cross the lines because they do not like lime which is what chalk is made out of.

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      Katherine, 6 years ago

      Vinegar kills ants too...tried and definitely works

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      Laura 6 years ago

      I am having a horrible problem with big black ants..I guess they are carpenter ants. We have never had them before in 20 years!!! The people next door knocked down their house and put up a new one..ever since..we have these ants..we put traps around..they are still here!! They are, bathroom, bedrooms, upstairs!!! We live in a 2 story house with a crawl space across from a lake. We have many pets and kids...any suggestions!! it is horrible...YUCK!!!

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      RalphGreene 6 years ago

      Great insights of getting rid of ants. Useful and voted up!

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      "Ant"-aphobic 6 years ago

      Has anyone had any experience with successfully stopping ants in their bedrooms -- Anna K's experiment is a no go. I've woken up with bites and last night found one on my face and later on, another one on my pillow. I have a lot of allergies, so I have to be careful. Has anyone used peppermint with any success? Thank you for your help!!

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      Mike 6 years ago

      Thank you for the suggestions. Just came to my parents house, and noticed quite the army of them crawling around in the kitchen and living room. Windex worked to kill them, but I had to place some of those "toxic foods" that they take back to their nest around in areas where my Cat cant get them. But knowing her, she wont eat that "low quality" food, hah. Will ask around and see what else I can come up with as well (will try today to go hunting for their nests).

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      Ursuline 6 years ago

      Thanks for all these suggestion. I am going to try and if it works I will let you know. I consider myself leaving with ants and not ants leaving with me. I have tried a lot of chemical and it just does not seems to work. I have so much ants in my house that I am tired of cleaning morning afternoon and evening. Hope to the Lord that one of these home remedies work because I am ready to move out of my home because of ants.

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      Anna K 6 years ago

      Ok - came home from out of town to find ants in our bedroom, bathroom, living room and son's room - where we don't eat........but not in the kitchen or dining room (or the baby's room thankfully)....even in my bed! tried the vinegar/water mix on my bed - thought it worked, but woke up to ants in bed and bugbites.....and myself smelling like vinegar! yuck!!

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      tosh 6 years ago

      every body use a lemon and sqeez it in a spray bottle and spray it where u see the ants it works really good !

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      Chris 7 years ago

      Baloney! Ants don't eat whole foods, grits won't work... not at all.

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      EMELY BOONE 7 years ago

      hi i used 2 gallons of JAVEX BLEACH on ant nest and gor rid of the little suckers it is cheap redeamdie but i am going to try some of the ideas i got off hear thanks to all of you

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      Bill 7 years ago

      USED COFFEE GROUNDS put into part of my garden as an amendment... nothing grows there anymore... not even weeds.

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      I just need something that will help me get rid of them unharmfully to my kids and my cats. they sure are a menace. i don't want them biting my kids. Thank you for all your tips.

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      NoMoreAnts 7 years ago

      Originally I used white vinegar oil and water and put it all over my countertops, sink and floor in my kitchen. When that didn't work, I read on this site and a couple of others to use windex. I sprayed a layer of windex all over my kitchen counter top and in the areas of where I thought the ants might come in. I came home from work that night and they were gone. I also bleached my countertops, floor, and ran my dishwasher with bleach. The ants seem to have gone away. I also set up raid ant traps as a precaution and sprayed the foundation of my house with an insect repellent.

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      Stefi 7 years ago

      I tried rock salt and no more ants marching into my bedroom.

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      gardner 7 years ago

      im off to boil the kettle

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      Maci 7 years ago

      Thanks for all these tip I can't wait to try them out and MS thanks for the cat related concern I have 2 and wouldn't want to use what's harmful to them or they may want to try we have ant traps pot right now and the cats just stare t the crowed if ants all annoyed because the cone where their food dish usually is

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      Angela Harris 7 years ago from Around the USA

      Good luck, Chris. You could also try Windex to kill ants. Many have mentioned that it works for them.

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      Chris 7 years ago

      I'm hoping some of these methods work.. I've got ants invading my house from all angles. I swear these little bastards can dig through concrete!

      I've got them coming in everywhere from the ground floor all the way up to the roof.. yes, I have armies of them coming in through my ceiling!

      Anyway.. thanks for the info and hopefully some of these methods work.

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      Nancy 7 years ago

      I use Baking soda inside my house for the little ants that get into my pets food bowls. I pour it along the wall and leave it there foe a few days. Have you seen how backing soda bubbles up when wet. Its a cheap way to go and I red this on baking soda remedies.

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      venus 7 years ago

      vwracrq, when you say wood ash, do you mean the left over ash that one might find in their fire place?

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      Lar 7 years ago

      ants do not have the ability to eat solid foods, so it is a bit hard for them to be abler to eat grits then explode...plenty of university studies on the subject can be found on the web...don't waste your food products..

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      vwracerq 7 years ago

      I've dealt with fire ants in Texas. For the mounds, start a war. Take a shovel-full of ant mound from two separate mounds and switch them. Try to get 1/2 of each mound for an equal battle, and a more complete kill percentage. The farther apart from each other the more successful you'll be. The ants will be in all-out war with the 'invaders', and in about an hour, almost every ant in both mounds will be dead.

      For those places where there are ants roaming everywhere in your yard, sprinkle a thin layer of wood ash all over the yard, and they'll all pack up and your neighbor's yard, so don't let your neighbor see you sprinkle the ashes.

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      MS 7 years ago

      I've heard that cinnimon is very deadly to cats. So cat owners beware when using this remedy inside the house.

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      Douglas fron Iowa City,IA. 7 years ago

      Dear Angela: I just want you to know that after reading your webpage about eliminating ants; your remededy of using lemon juice and water worked phenomenally well on the ant infestion I have in my home. At the age of 51; I have been an extremely frugal person all of my adult life, and your home remedy has given me enormous piece of mind financially, as well as eradicating a problem I've had in my home since early spring just as efficiently as commercial pest control. Your help was a godsend to me!! Keep up your great work and thank you dearly!!

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      Niteowl 8 years ago

      I can't wait to try some of these. The windex sounds the easiest and safest around my dog and cat. I have used cinnamon and it does work but looks like heck all over the bottom of my cupboards and floor. I also heard to draw a big chalk line around my cat and dog's dish, it actually worked for me. Got any chalk, I'm out

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      Granny's House 8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub, but The ants have nest and if you can't get rid of that they will always come back.

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      Anil Shankaran 8 years ago

      hi this is anil from Taveuni in Fiji Island, great to know of the ways to kill ant. They are a real problem for me at the moment after the hurricane tomas

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      sarah43 8 years ago

      talc powder works smells nice to.

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      SteveoMc 8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I have eaten a lot of grits and it never bothered me. LOL However, I have an ant infestation and I can hardly wait to try this out.

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      sandilicious44 8 years ago

      I have also heard that peppermint extract works. Just put it in a spray bottle and spray where the ants are. I heard they do not like the smell thus avoiding the area.

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      fiona_33 8 years ago from UK

      Great hub. I know ants are just another little creature but when they invade your home, they're a real menace.

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      AmandaB 8 years ago from Middletown

      I had no idea talcum is a carcinogen when inhaled or ingested!!! That's really scary!! I'm using the grit idea this summer. I've had problems with ant traps and my dogs in the past. Excellent hub, thanks so much for the information!!

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      sunbeam 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips i'll try the lemon juice. and as for the windex yes it dose kill them right away. but i have ones that keep getting all over my counters and i cant stand it i've sprayed the windex and it kills them but they keep coming back. So the windex might work to kill them but only for a little while.

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      OBX 8 years ago

      What do you do when you think there is a nest of ants somewhere in the house? Will any of these remedies used in the kitchen on their trail do anything to get rid of the nest? HELP!!! I have pets and don't want to use anything that will be harmful to, to myself and my husband.

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      miyuki 8 years ago

      we get ants year round but everytime our neighbor next door waters the grass all the ants come into our house its ridiculous so i'll try the lemon juice and grits test to see if it works indoors and outside because I have 2 cats and i'm sick of spending so much money on bug sprays and traps.

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      sandwichmom 8 years ago from Arkansas

      I recently started getting ants in the house- I guess because of rain- so I am trying the lemon juice- thanks for the advice!

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      smb 8 years ago

      Thie year has been one of the worst for ants around my house, and my neice drop by a mention windex and I started spraying and it has worked. Not all gone yet but I do see its working.

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      BigGirlBlue 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario, Canada

      We don't have them indoors (knock on wood) but there are mini ant hills all over my driveway (cracks) and side garden. I'm going to try that lemon spray.

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      Ants in my pants!! 8 years ago

      Use cinnamon, it also is impossible for them to digest, and they will carry it back to their colony and will administer it to the others...It has worked for me so far, and I have been over run by them for the past 2 months.

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      garden goddess 9 years ago

      I had a jar of honey in my cupboard. We went on vacation and when we came back, there was a trail of medium sized black ants in a long trail on the wall, in the direction of where the honey was. I killed them all rather quickly with a shot of windex. Then I emptied out the cupboard and scrubbed it out, including the kitchen walls and floor. I now seal most everything inside zip lock bags. I put the honey in the fridge. I don't have room to put everything in the fridge so things like flour, I put on the highest shelf and store it in a zip lock bag.

      I also use powered dishwasher detergent and combine with a little boric acid. I sprinkle that along the opening to my kitchen door inside and also the front door. It really helps a lot and particularly with the small sweet and grease loving ants. I get a straggler black ant occasionally so I use an antibacterial spray cleaner or windex to spot shot them. Very important - vacuum rugs and floors as often as you can and keep floors and cupboards as clean as possible. That will help a lot in keeping ants away. You may get a straggler now and then, but only because worker ants are roamers and happen to end up in your house. It would be a good idea to see if you have a lot of ant activity around the outside of your house, which is a problem for many. You'll have to check what kind of ants you have and deal with them accordingly. Carpenter ants are not as easy to get rid of, unfortunately, but they tend to stay outside mostly.

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I always use boric acid!

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      Ant Killer 9 years ago

      I have to say that the boiling water method is a very satisfying way of killing a bunch of 'em.

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      Erick Smart 9 years ago

      I always have a huge problem with ants coming in this one particular window in my kitchen. Since it is my kitchen I am reluctant to spray those chemicals that you can buy to get rid of ants. I will try your home remedies first this year.

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      Lisa HW 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good Hub, but I did find the "grits thing" kind of disturbing - and that's coming from someone who thinks there is no such thing as a Summer without at a few ant parades near the kitchen door.

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      Roohi Khan 9 years ago from India

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks! That is indeed useful. I have a lot of ants in my house. I will definitely try these methods and hopefully at least one of them will work.

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      Connie 9 years ago

      They may be one of the smallest creatures on earth but their bite has no size. Thank you for the extermination tips.

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      Jerrica 9 years ago

      Thank you bunches, this was a lotttt of help.

      Also, YEAST can help with ants, it has the same effect as the grits.


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      Love 9 years ago

      cayenne pepper works

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      Cindy Letchworth 9 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Lots of great ideas here. I will pass them along to my sister who has an ant problem every year. Thanks!

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      Bendy's Ideas 9 years ago from South Carolina

      Very good hub! I live in South Carolina and we have fire ants bad. We have tried every thing to get rid of these irritation pest. I will try some of your ideas and see if they work. Thanks

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      japanese words 9 years ago from Japan

      I hate to be the one to say it, but in the long run most of these won't work. You're best bet is to get yourself a good pest control company.

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      Dolores Monet 9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      ant seeason is coming up , thanks for the tips, although some of the suggestions sound almost tasty

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      Miss Golightly 9 years ago

      Windex or 409 kill them on contact - had ants in my old apartment and for sure works!

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      Ro777 9 years ago

      I tried the black pepper and that worked as well

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      deanpaul1 9 years ago

      All this ant stuff is easy to find on the web - because ants are a common problem. I'll second that hint about Windex - it's the best bet and the easiest since most people already have it in their home. I use a half and half vinegar/water solution for cleaning and ants hate that. It works as well.

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      Sandilyn 9 years ago from Port Orange, FL

      Intresting points! I must add that Windex does a great job of killing ants and cleans well too!

      Here in FL there can be a few problms though with killing ants outside as they don't seem to want to die. There are some good outdoor sprays that will do it but one has to remember to do it on a regular basis.

      Another note is that fire ants can live in water for 2 weeks. Just ask me. Yuk!

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      Petlover  9 years ago

      Another on is DE for swimming pools, don't use this if you have pets or kids though. The ants get caught in it and can't move.

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      petlover 9 years ago

      The bug guy told me to put windex down, ants make trails when you use windex it erases the trail and it helps to get rid them, not 100% but there lost without the trail.

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      Karen N 9 years ago from United States

      Just sprinkle some salt across their path and the ants won't cross it. I've also heard that a chalk line will work as well.

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      barnabybear 9 years ago from Columbus, OH

      I've had problems with ants at just about every place I've lived.... except where I live now!!! :)

      Thanks for an informative hub anyway. I will bookmark it for the next time I move!

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      theshadow777 9 years ago

      very good one

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      Britt Azlin 9 years ago

      used coffee grounds work also. Tried and tested :)

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      dsmmarketing 9 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      Hi Angela,

      I have a yard made up mostly of ants! Drives me nuts!. Thanks for the ideas. I'll certainly try the lemon juice one and also Kelley's blasting hot pepper and vodka concoction.

      Say Kelley, did you ever drink that stuff?

      I really am thankful fo ryou ant-ridding ideas and will definitely try a few methods.


      Deborah Marsden

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      Kelley Eidem 9 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Last I had a huge ant mound abutting my home. These were fire ants! After several failed attempts to get rid of it, I took a broom handle and poked deep holes into it.

      Then I poured hot water made with a hot pepper tincture I'd made 10 years before. The big ant mound and the ants were so devastated that it went flat with the next good rain. It's still empty of ants a year later!

      To make a tincture just fill a blender with hot peppers and add vodka 2/3's the way up. Run the blender for 30 to 60 seconds. That's it!

      The best to you.

      Kelley Eidem

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      grumpyjacksa 9 years ago from south africa

      now u tell me........

      i needed to know this years ago already !

      thanx ! at least i now have an armoury when the next army comes marching in.......

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Wow, exploding ants! The lemon juice is what I would choose to keep them out. Otherwise, I think black ants are cute and they help open up the peony blooms. I don't like the red biting ants I sat in as a child though! Ouch!

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      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Very sound advice here, I just moved and the back lawn has an overabundance of ants so i was getting ready to reduce their numbers, your hub helped, thanks.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      I could have made a request for this hub. We have lots of ants here both outside and inside our house and we never used chemicals because of our daughter and our cat. I´m going to try the lemon juice mixture and see if it works ;) . Thanks for this great hub.

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      Diana Harvey 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Angela lets try some of these methods although I hate kiling insects unfortunately they can take over.

      thank you Diana

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      John Chancellor 9 years ago from Tennessee

      I am not sure the ants are really particular about the way they are exterminated ... but I can just picture the ants eating the grits and then having an internal expansion they can't handle.


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