They’re Coming To Take Me Away

If you don’t hear from me for a while, it’s because the bazillions of ants that have invaded my home have lifted me up, carried me out and are feeding me to their queen.  I CANNOT GET RID OF THEM. 

They are happily ignoring the little ant-killing disks I have set out.  In fact, I’m just sure I’ve detected a few smirks from their microscopic little faces:  "Crazy giant lady thinks she can obliterate us with cheap plastic black things?  Pshaw." 

Please help me, oh great internet.  How do I get rid of them?  At this point, I don’t care if it’s toxic–I’ll do anything short of dropping a nuclear bomb in my own house.  And I might do that. 

98 thoughts on “They’re Coming To Take Me Away

  1. Julia says:

    I have them here too!! Kitchen, Bathroom, bedroom… they are EVERYWHERE!!! ignoring the traps… last year I used baby powder around the edges of the rooms – and other than living with the smell, and the look of white powder everywhere, it worked last year… this year I hear them laughing at the baby powder as they trail right through it… I will be checking the comments to find out what help you get?!

  2. Nina says:

    We have had a huge ant problem too! We just found out that they were coming in through the back of our cabinents, so we emptied everything, sprayed with some heavy duty ant spray, then used to clear silicone caulk to seal up all the holes and crevices. We are on day 3 of being antless… ::fingers crossed::

  3. Angela says:

    My exterminator years ago taught me to run the ant bait stations under water for a second before laying them out. And really, it helped.

  4. Beth says:

    Depends on what kinds of ants they are…
    Those little traps only work for sugar ants (the little brown ones).
    Carpenter ants (big black ants) require boric acid (which takes a week or 2) or bombing/fogging (pretty immediate response), or a combination of the 2. We just discovered (and destroyed) a carpenter ant infestation in our camping trailer, so I know that the foggers (we used a dry fogger, rather than the oil based ones that make such a horrid mess) work well.
    My advice, either attempt to fog, or call the Orkin man.
    Good luck!

  5. Marty says:

    Hi Shannon – it’s the Lurker. I just wanted to say that I battled ants with every home remedy out there – I don’t even remember them all. Those little black sugar ants just kept coming -and coming – and coming. There is bait that they eat and “take back to the queen.” Ha! Their numbers would drop for a few days, then they’d be back. It must have been a fertility drug. My son suggested that I was just keeping them as pets. Not until I called the exterminator did I really get rid of them. And, so far (at least two years), they haven’t returned. The exterminator didn’t spray anything in my house. It was all outside. If they come back, I’ve got Arrow in my speed dial.

  6. Kara says:

    We’ve been having ant trouble too. I use the Black Flag ant killer spray around the edges of the room. It keep them from coming in where I spray it, but they always seem to find another way around it. I swear they live under the carpet and burrow through it lol. But really, the spray has helped a ton and they do not come back where I spray it.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Me too…I find the Toro inside liquid is better than the little black disks. You can buy pre-filled traps or you can buy a bottle and put a small amount on cardboard pieces around your house. Also, I usually spray outside the house along the baseboard and windows with Ortho Home Defense MAX. It supposedly makes a barrier for about a month and seems to cut down on the ants for that time period.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Try boric acid powder. You have to put it down very lightly (you’re not even supposed to see it). It is not harmful to humans but kills ants (and roaches) really well. You will need to put it in the cracks where they are coming from (if you can find where they are coming from) and in their path, so they will walk across it.
    Also, using a household cleaner to wash their path will help – they follow a chemical trail and if you get rid of the trail, they don’t know how to get to the food source they’ve found. You may have to fight them for a little while, but this should help.
    As for the baits you are using, you have to put those in the path too, so that the ants will find them. If they have a well established trail, they will ignore everything around them.
    I’ve lived in the south my entire life and have had to fight pests constantly, so I feel your pain.
    Good luck!

  9. Stefani says:

    We had ants last summer. I feel for you. The little critters creep me out! We called the local exterminator and he sprayed every crack and corner with his magic spray. We haven’t seen an ant in the house since!
    I’m usually not so into the toxic stuff, but when it comes to bugs, I’ll stop at almost nothing! Good Luck!!

  10. Jen Zug says:

    We have ants every year. Last spring I happened to stumble across their nest outside before I ever found one inside – in a sandy spot right against the house – and I drowned them out with a hose.
    Never saw an ant in the house again.
    Until just this week, so you bet I’ll be out there looking for that nest again!
    Friends of mine have a yearly contract with an exterminator who comes to spray their house on a periodic basis (outside, at the base).
    Good luck!

  11. Carrie says:

    UGH! I hate ants. We have battled them several times and I felt my house was being violated by those little creatures! We also used terro and that did the trick. I highly recommend it. Good luck!

  12. Lana G! says:

    Go with an exterminator!!! They usually offer warr”ant”ies if the little buggers come back after they do their spraying.
    If you add up the amount of time and money you spend trying to do it yourself, you will find that the exterminator is well worth it!

  13. hm says:

    We had this issue one year, it was terrible. Finally my husband called an exterminiator, who was nice enough to inform me that ants will also eat flesh! It turned out that the queen was living smack dab in the middle of the house, needless to say floors had to ripped out, and it cost a good penny.
    I guess I am not the most positive commentor am I?

  14. Jane says:

    What worked for us last year was Bug Stop. You spray it on their trails, but also can do barrier treatment (along the base of the house, door sill, etc.).
    I haven’t seen one yet this year, but after reading your post I just had to go spray the kitchen baseboard, back door sill, and the entire edge where the back porch meets the house. I hate ants, having them in my food cupboards last year was so disgusting!!! So, yes, I had to spray first, comment later – because your post got me thinking about them!
    Good luck!

  15. Scott says:

    Shannon;
    Had to comment on this one…lets hope you don’t have the same ants that are now invading Houston.
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/15/houston-being-overrun-by-electronics-killing-ants/
    Like many of the above comments, a good exterminator is the best bet. You might also look at the bait you are laying out and make sure it covers Pharaoh ants. We had an ant problem many years ago and bait also did not work for us until I made sure the bait would work for Pharaoh ants. Solved the problem. Good Luck.
    Scott

  16. Josie says:

    You don’t live in Texas do you? I just read an article yesterday about “crazy raspberry ants” that are totally taking over. Unfortunetly the article said the ants are immune to normal household remidies… People were having to bring in expensive exterminators… Good luck.

  17. Melanie says:

    Windex will zap them on the spot, but you may have to call an exterminator.
    I have this everytime the bug man comes and sprays the outside. The spray blocks them from leaving the walls and going OUT for dinner. So then they come IN for dinner. The bug man just comes back out for an extra visit- for free.
    We use Terminix.
    OH MY- Megyn Kelly is reporting about ants at this very minute. CREEPY!

  18. Gettysburg Mom says:

    Eliminate the Trail! You feel kind of silly following a line of ants around to see where they are getting in, but it generally works. Or if cost is no consideration, go with the exterminator. Much easier.

  19. Blessed says:

    I set out liquid Terro in the house on every windowsill
    Use Terro powder all around the foundation of the house
    Use Terro aerosol spray around the outside of the windows and all the doors
    This has changed the ant infestation from millions of ants a day to about a dozen a day.
    I do also reapply the Terro every couple of weeks or any day that I see more than a half dozen ants between the time I get up and the time I get comfy before I go to bed.

  20. Cyndy says:

    I don’t know about ants in Oklahoma but we manage to eradicate the Western ants with a product called Terro…it looks like corn syrup in clear plastic traps (I love to see them dieing *evil laugh*). Eradicate is a rather strong word. They do seem to come back every year but I just get out the Terro for a week or two I don’t see much of them for the rest of the Summer.

  21. Jennifer says:

    Ants used to invade our bathroom every year. It was gross seeing these little black things in my bathroom. Then I read online of a non-toxic kill. If you know where they live, take a big pot of hot water (almost boiling) and pour it on their house. It worked and we haven’t had ants for 3 years.
    Though it does seem a little cruel.

  22. Laurie in TN says:

    Living in the south we have an exterminator on call. . . he comes every three months but will come at no charge for ants when we need them EXTERMINATED!

  23. lisa says:

    I had to comment on this one too. I live in FL where every ant species thrive for most months of the year. I swear we live on an ant hill.
    If you can find an exterminator that uses a product called “termidor” it is extreamly effective against ants and other pest. It is sprayed around the perimiter of your house and lasts for months. It is the same product that is used for termites, but is not harmful to kids and pets when dry.
    So if it is available in your state, I highly recommend it.

  24. Amy says:

    Just a quick comment, and maybe someone else already commented about this, so sorry for the repeat-we tried everything, too, but I didn’t want an exterminator. The ants just kept coming.
    The Terro liquid baits really worked. You can get them at Target or wherever. Cheap and easy!

  25. Sharon says:

    I haven’t seen it mentioned, but I have heard that cinamon works and is non-toxic and smells good. Buy a big ole cheap thing at the dollar store and sprinkle it around. Cheaper than an exterminator.

  26. MaryBeth @ Four Silly Sisters says:

    Last year we had a little ant trouble, but we have too many little ones to use anything toxic around here. My grandmother suggested putting bay leaves in the window sills and around the pipes in the bathrooms. It really helped and miraculously we haven’t seen any signs yet this year.

  27. Dawn in NC says:

    Terro!! Terro!! Terro!!
    It’s the only thing that has worked for us. We get the pre-measured plastic packs and set them around…it’s amazing to see how the ants flock (do ants flock?) to them. Works every time.

  28. Sarah says:

    We live in the same town as you, and at our home inspection yesterday, I noticed some ants. The inspector recommended the gel @ Southern Agriculture. He said to try that and then if that didn’t work to call the exterminator. He was confident it would work though. Good luck!

  29. Johanna says:

    I soooo hear you on this one. My kitchen has been infested, no matter how clean I keep it! And I have big ants – definitely not the kind you can kill with those little bait discs. I have NO clue where they are coming in either! I have found them in the dishwasher, in drawers, and on the counter. I am calling the exterminator pronto!

  30. Kookaburra says:

    I would strongly URGE you not to pay a single dime to an exterminator. Been there, done that. Yea they came, we shelled out $100 and they put a bunch of poison inside and outside. I was strongly against the stuff, but we were getting desperate.
    Anyway, the ants might have died down for a few days, but then they were back FULL FORCE. Everywhere. Worse than before. Ughhhh.
    Now they come and go as they please. We’ve tried every remedy, natural and otherwise. Nothing really works. What helped the best was getting the liquidy gel stuff that you squirt down on this little piece of cardboard. It’s a much better bait than those other thingies. It will strongly attract the ants, then they carry it back to the queen and it’s supposed to kill off the colony. Works, but ummm… yea they’ll be back.

  31. mama2tlc says:

    We also live in the south, and for the past 3 years have had ants in the spring. This year, I sprayed the door thresholds and windows with a mint oil from the hardware store before the ants came in.. It kept them out. Whenever I see ant mounds outside near the house, I drag a stick through them and spray them with the oil.. kills pretty quickly, and doesn’t hurt the kids.

  32. Tricia says:

    Down here in TX we don’t mess with ants. They really are big enough to carry you off.
    My suggestion? Don’t mess around anymore, call the Orkin Man!
    He’ll fix ’em!
    Fine Print…
    (this is not a paid advertisement, I do not work for Orkin, or have any family members that do)

  33. Colleen says:

    Terro works – it contains the boric acid and when they carry it back to the nest – bye bye

  34. Kookaburra says:

    Oh and when I mentioned that we tried all sorts of things to get rid of the ants… this is what we tried:
    pepper, baking soda, keeping the kitchen spotlessly clean, using citrus scented cleaners, vinegar & water mixture, putting ant killer pellet stuffs outside around the foundation of the house, outdoor ant spikes, and those indoor plastic ant baits.

  35. Lori Bailey says:

    Eliminating the trail is good…hard to wait and see where they’re coming from, but fixing it can be as easy as caulking a microscopic opening. Don’t get any pesticide or cleaning spray on the traps – it will keep them from taking the bait. Also, when we have an outbreak we sprinkle Amdro around the foundation of our house and any mounds we see. But if it’s relentless, you might want to give in and call an exterminator…especially if they are the kind that would like to feast on multiple boxes of $4 cereal.

  36. pam says:

    DP directed my attention (oh, heaven help me) to an article on Drudge Report this morning about crazy ants in Houston. Don’t know if that’s what you’ve got, but I sure hope not.
    I’ve had my own issue with ants. They decided, way last fall to take up residence in my dishwasher. They live in there when it’s not running and go hide while it cleans everything, then they come back.
    No amount of spray or discs outside the machine or on the counter have gotten rid of them.
    The Terro worked for ants in other parts of the house, but not for these suckers.
    Hope you find a solution quick, dear Shannon!

  37. Michelle- This One's for the Girls says:

    I get them every Spring. I buy a little bottle of Terro. (About the size of a small bottle of vanilla extract.) I pour a little amount on a piece of cardboard and set it behind the microwave oven and wa-la! They’re gone in a few days. Good stuff. Not messy. Works.

  38. dayna says:

    they will not cross a chalk line….my kids went crazy with sidewalk chalk and no more ants….cheap, safe…and we counted it at art class!

  39. Laural says:

    We live on an ant hill. When we pulled up our old patio to pour a new one, there were masses of ants, and I nearly fainted from fear, lol. They used to get in all the time until I relented and used toxic RAID. Nothing else worked. It’s the only toxic thing I have in my house, and it’s well worth it!

  40. Mrs. Who says:

    I struggled with those little suckers for a long time before finally giving in and getting an exterminator. I pay them every three months, they come and spray and I never see an ant. It is SO worth it.

  41. A&EMom says:

    I’m in Oklahoma! Get the Terro! (You can find it at most hardware/home improvement and some grocery stores.) No nasty sprays or expensive pros. GO NOW! They have liquid bait for inside and out. WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS??? GO!

  42. Lauren says:

    We must be neighbors because my house has them as well. And not just in the kitchen like normal. In my son’s room and the bathroom!! I think they are trying to avoid all the rain and tornadic whathaveyou.

  43. Casey says:

    My dad swears by boric acid and mint jelly mixed together, then sucked up a straw. (be careful not so suck too hard!) Then cut up the straw into 1 inches pieces and drop them into your wall by removing your outlet covers and sliding them through there.
    Sounds a little weird, but it was worked every time my folks have had an outbreak. It even worked on Texas sized carpenter ants. Good Luck.

  44. Molly says:

    Someone told me if they’re “sugar ants” then you just sprinkle a little salt by their entry/exit points. Let’s just say all the baseboards in my kitchen are barricaded with a thick layer of salt. It seems to be helping.

  45. Lisamarie says:

    We live in Africa, so households pests often see themselves as household “pets”! A missionary lady who lives nearby gave me some boric acid powder and instructions to mix it 1 part boric acid, 1 part flour or cornmeal and 1 part sugar. Put some in pop bottle tops and place in the back of cupboards, behind the fridge, etc. (Just not cupboards where your dishes are kept…)It took a bit of time, but eventually we saw a definate decrease in the population. We used this for cockroaches, but I’m thinking what kills one pest works for another?

  46. MC says:

    I recently had some problems with ants in my kitchen. I told my mom about it, and she told me her exterminator recommended using a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. You can spray it around affected areas, like where you think the ants are coming in from, and you can spray it directly ONTO the ants. And it kills them. Its great. Non-toxic, but a little smelly, but gets rid of ants. Good luck getting rid of them!

  47. Jolynn says:

    our carpet was infested with them a few years back (i totally think that they came in with the new carpet). We called in a local exterminator and he sprayed outside the house and then inside the house around all the baseboards. He has a guarantee that if they come back, he comes back and takes care of them free of charge. We have him come every month from spring to fall to spray the outside to keep spiders (EWWWWWWWW) and all othe insects from making it inside the house. We’ve had no problems what-so-ever since our ant infestation a few years ago. I figured $45 a month is soooo worth it to keep the icky bugs out. He told me that once a month isn’t really necessary but since we have horses and pets out back and lots of wood around then it can’t hurt any.
    AND… it’s safe for the kiddies and the pets when it’s dry (gotta keep them inside until it’s dry)

  48. Cynthia says:

    We have ants this time of year indoors and outside. Our children are now old enough not to sample stuff off the floor or sidewalk. So, I mixed up some borax and sugar placed that on a sour cream lid with the rim cut off (so the darlin’ ants wouldn’t have to struggle to climb up and fill their tummies. That all happened on Sunday and by Tuesday they were gone!
    With your little one around I’d rather see ants than have her sample borax. Perhaps, my suggestion will be useful in a couple of years when she is a bit older.

  49. Linds says:

    Have you tried vinegar? I had this problem a couple summers ago. If you can find where they’re coming from our spray doorways, windowsills etc. with vinegar it may help. It seemed to work for us.
    Hope you get rid of them.

  50. Stacy says:

    TERRO baby! I see that others are aware of it as well. Fab stuff and easy to use. They will come in masses to eat it (maybe even for a few days) and then suddenly they’ll stop. I think you can most easily find it at Walgreens and CVS.
    Good luck!

  51. Susanna says:

    We have ants every summer. We haven’t got them this year yet, but we always use Original Skin So Soft bathoil by Avon. Pour some on the counters or where ever they are coming in at, then wipe the area down completely with it. They don’t like going across it. I don’t know if it is the smell or because it’s oil, but it has always stopped them within days at our house.
    Hope this helps.

  52. caroline says:

    I didn’t read if anyone else recommended this but vinegar wiped HEAVILY around the windows you think they are coming in. It stops the feremone trail that they are using to tell their buddies where to go!
    This has to be done morning and night.
    Hopefully with the vinegar and ant killers maybe you will see some relief!!

  53. caroline says:

    I didn’t read if anyone else recommended this but vinegar wiped HEAVILY around the windows you think they are coming in. It stops the pheromone trail that they are using to tell their buddies where to go!
    This has to be done morning and night.
    Hopefully with the vinegar and ant killers maybe you will see some relief!!

  54. janessa says:

    Terro. For sure. And I hear spearamint plants on the exterior of the house work wonders as well…before they take over your garden.
    Good Luck.

  55. Laura says:

    I see this allready a few comments up-
    TERRO is your friend- your clear liquid on
    little cardboard sqares all over your house friend. And it works!!
    good luck- I hate bugs-
    laura

  56. Beth says:

    I am using Mrs. Meyer’s Countertop Spray in the Lavender Scent of all things. It kills them on contact AND it is biodegradable. It really, really, really worked for me. Really! *Ü*
    http://www.mrsmeyers.com
    It smells great and I feel better using this vs. poison. Good Luck

  57. Donna says:

    I heard one pest control person say one time… the best sure-fire way to get ants out of your house is to take some apple juice and make a trail of it to your neighbor’s house.
    Oh, I kid. You seem too nice to do something like that. But I did hear that. πŸ™‚

  58. Tonggu Momma says:

    Liquid Terro, as several people have mentioned, works great. If you are a make-it-yourself-kind-of-gal, it’s basically boric acid powder with sugar and water. Works great!!!!

  59. Nancy says:

    Try placing bay leaves on the counters or wherever the ants are. I don’t know what it is about bay leaves but I’ve had success with them at my house.

  60. Jolanthe says:

    I will swear by Terro – it’s a clear liquid that comes in a little bottle (we get ours at Lowe’s). It’s well under $10 and you can put little drops at key locations and they take it back to their nest, share it and DIE!!! (hooray!!).
    We get those little teeny tiny annoying ants and that gets rid of them QUICK!!
    Jolanthe

  61. Bev says:

    I always call Terminix and have them spray something called Termidor, or something like that. I tried Terro and every other kind of spray and bait and trap… but it never got rid of the problem completely. Terminix comes once a year and I never have ants now.

  62. Marcy Massura-The Glamorous Life says:

    After moving into our home a few years back I could NOT get rid of the ants. EVERYWHERE. Finally I hired a company to come spray inside and out. To my dismay- they found a bag of old Halloween candy left by the previous owner on the top shelf of the laundry room….the motherload for ants. Well, we threw it out- and sprayed…and they never came back!
    Good luck!

  63. Mandy says:

    I read this in an email and I really think it works…CORNMEAL. I sprinkled it around my front door (inside) where the ants were congregatingand then put several piles around outside the front door. It took about a week and a half – but they are gone. I guess it’s indigestible for them and kills them after they eat it. I’ve got lots of little ones running around and I hate worrying about them getting into the traps…so I thought I’d give it a try. Seems to work pretty well. Good luck!

  64. alexsandra says:

    ME TOO!
    The funniest part is that my cat now TURNS OVER HER BOWL after eating cuz the ants were getting in there. She hasn’t figured out how to turn it back over though.

  65. April says:

    ants amaze me – we have found that the torro gel stuff works great -but just know that they seem to swarm to it and you need to let them get to it. I want to kill them before they even get there.
    Windex kills instantly. And I think it is the Hot Shot brand ant killer spray (I’ve only found at Kroger) that keeps killing for several days without respraying. Took me a while to read the label and figure that out – I just kept walking back in the kitchen and finding dead ants on the counter and freaking out. But as long as you don’t mind wiping up a bit…
    My exterminator hasn’t helped at all. He just puts out those dry bait traps that have the brown stuff (sugar something or another).
    We get them coming out of the electical outlets upstairs! If anyone can tell me what to do about that I’d love it….

  66. Nicole @ Life in Progress says:

    Oh Shannon, you are not alone. I wrote my own post lamenting the ants not long ago.
    http://lifeinprogress4.blogspot.com/2008/04/i-blame-disney.html#links
    Spraying diluted vinegar around where I’ve seen them has been helping. Sprinkling cinnamon around has also made a difference, but it also makes a mess. On the upside, my vacuum smells delightful from cleaning up the cinnamon. I learned those ideas here:
    http://www.gomestic.com/Gardening/Six-Natural-Ant-Repellants.38570

  67. Krista says:

    Oh man, I hate ants! We have these little teeny black ones that aren’t sugar ants, they’re fat ants. They come in any crack or crevice they can find and even spraying along the cracks doesn’t help. Luckily they stay to a minimum as long as I don’t have fatty foods on the floor… but that’s kind of hard when I have a toddler!
    They come back every spring, but this year is way worse. I think I might have to talk to my landlord soon!

  68. Katie says:

    Find the crack they are coming in from and squirt liquid dish soap in it. Weird but i swear it works!

  69. Jaena Womack says:

    Orkin or, for the do-it-yourself-er (read: I’m too cheap to pay Orkin) you can use Terro. It’s amazing stuff and it works (it’s especially nice if you do not have babies around because you have to put drops of the bait on cardboard).

  70. Sarah says:

    Okay, this takes a little time and patience. Find the line of horrid ants and with a flashlight find the hole that line of ants is coming from. You might have to get on your hands and knees. Once you find that hole, spray the FOOL out of it with ant spray. Keep doing that with every ant line you find. Keep the discs out and bomb the crawl space under your house. That is what “works for us” without calling the exterminator and we live in the country where the fire ants are big enough to carry my Jack Russell away without breaking a sweat. πŸ˜‰

  71. Nancy says:

    Not sure if someone mentioned this or not. I’m getting ready to run out the door.
    Ants HATE mint. It’s actually referenced in an old wive’s tale about always planting mint by your kitchen door.
    If you have even a mint teabag, you can see if this works for your ants by cutting the teabag open and pouring a line across where the ants are. The ants won’t go through it, but will try to find another way around it. It’s kind of cool to watch because it’s one of those things that you don’t think would work until you try it yourself. πŸ™‚
    I keep a little tiny bottle of peppermint essential oil that I use now instead of the mint tea. I put it around the floorboards of our pantry and the bottom edges of food cabinets during ant season so I don’t have to use chemicals. Smells like mint for a couple days, but it works for a long time.
    As far as the non-food area, I agree with everyone who recommends Terro. That stuff is awesome. Keep in mind that it’s a poison that the ants bring back to the nest. So you’ll probably see another generation of teeny tiny ants come around (immature ones because the adults are all dead). Just keep the Terro out and they will all die out pretty quickly too.
    Nancy

  72. Photochick says:

    You mean they haven’t ALL taken up residence in my parents’ home? It’s pitiful how many ants they have… I figured it had something to do with living WAY out in the country, but who knows. I seriously thought it couldn’t get any worse than last year when there were literally hundreds of thousands of them marching to the ‘food’ (bait that would eventually kill the whole colony) in a steady line through my parents’ dining room.
    I was out for a visit & didn’t know this was going on. So when I walked in from being outside all day, it was dark and I just didn’t bother turning on the light because for crying out loud, this was the house I lived in all my life for 20ish years! Well, I walked into the dining room, and felt little somethings skittering across my bare feet I. LOST. IT!!!!!

  73. Kristin says:

    Newbie lurker here πŸ™‚ What is so funny I just got done spraying this morning before I set down to read your blog πŸ™‚ We use Bug Stop barrier, it works wonders and bonus! it also keeps out spiders! We live on the outskirts of town and by a creek, wolf spiders, sugar ants, brown ants and black ants….we have them all πŸ™‚ This clear liquid is safe to use ANYWHERE.Its a clear odorless liquid. We spray it around all outside door frames (inside and outside framing) and the laundry room. We also spray it around the baseboards of the entry, the basement and the kitchen, it doesn’t ruin the carpet or paint/stain and it lasts for 4 to 6 months. We do this every spring and every fall and it works like a charm! You can get it anywhere, walmart, target….by a big ‘ole jug of it, the one with the sprayer attached and go to town! Hope that helps, I don’t know if anyone else posted about this or not, didn’t take the time to read!!!

  74. star8278 says:

    Best cure? It’s called Terro. Comes in a little bottle that you put droplets onto cardboard and stick in corners. Works great. They also make the little traps too. But I have found the liquid on the cardboard works wonders!!!

  75. Jen says:

    The best thing I’ve found is called Terro Ant Killer. But what we used was highly poisonous…we didn’t have kids or pets at the time…but it worked like magic! On the web, looks like they now have pre-filled things that may be safer.

  76. Lisa B @ simply His says:

    Terro is the bomb! We’ve used the liquid which you have to be careful what you put it on. The ants eat it and carry it back to their place and it kills them. Speaking of ants, I need to go get some more Terro! I’m out and they are everywhere!

  77. Kris says:

    I think our old house was built on a giant anthill. The first couple of years, I called the bug man – he got rid of them temporarily, but only guaranteed the results for a month… just about the time the ants would reappear! After paying $80 a couple of times I realized I needed to take matters into my own hands.
    You can beat the ants! Here’s what has worked for me:
    1. Get “Ortho Home Defense Max” – a white bottle with red sprayer attached.
    2. Kill the ants with Windex. (Do this when your kids are not watching or try to explain why it’s OK….) Clean the floors, cupboards, and wherever else they have been marching.
    3. Spray the stuff around the baseboards of affected rooms.
    4. Be happy the ants are gone!!!
    Good luck!

  78. Mommy Cracked says:

    Borax and peanut butter. Just mix some up and put it in a bottle cap and place it where you are having problems. Keep out of reach of pets and children.

  79. Jennifer (Et Tu?) says:

    Some tips if you don’t want to call an exterminator and/or that doesn’t work:
    – Put some syrup in the middle of a plate and surround it with boric acid (which you can get at drug stores). Evidently boric acid kills ants, and it’s not harmful to humans.
    – My mother-in-law swears that corn meal is great for getting rid of ants.
    – I’ve heard that laurel leaves work well too.
    – Remember that it could always be much, much worse:
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  80. Kristenkj says:

    You know, I had the exact same thing happen yesterday…only they were outside, in the crack between my house foundation and driveway. I sprayed them with Ant & Roach Raid, and they were dead on contact. I know it is not a natural killer, but hey, there were THOUSANDS of them, all in a pile, squirming around, completely freaking me out. So I used it.

  81. Miscellaneous From Missy says:

    A subject near and dear to my heart as we are in the midst of an ant battle at our house. I’ve just read all of the comments and I plan to tell my husband about Terro. Although our tiny black ants seem to be living inside the walls of my dishwasher! How can I get to them?

  82. Rebekah says:

    I’ve heard that if you put corn meal out where the ants are coming in or where they are marching through your house, they will collect it, take it back “home” with them. Since they cannot digest it, you have rid yourself of the whole colony. I intend to sprinkle my LAWN with the stuff! I love that if it works, it’s a safe, nontoxic way to keep my house/lawn kid-safe!

  83. Risha says:

    Vinegar.
    I had ants a couple of months ago that wouldn’t go away. They ignored the traps. I sprayed down my kitchen with vinegar and wiped it clean, and I’ve only seen a few strays over the past month.

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