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Thread: Help....we have ants!

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    Can anyone help me get rid of the ants that have invaded my kitchen?
    I have tried Terro, and Borax. and still they keep coming back.
    I appreciate any suggestions.

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    Do a search. I've seen tons of good advice on the board. I just can't think of anything except cinnamon at the moment.

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    I went to Lowe's hardware store and asked one of the floor employees. He asked me a few questions (trying to determine what kind of ants they were), then recommended a product and BOY did it work. Wish I could remember the name (been severeal years ago), but it was packaged in a black and yellow container. Try Lowe's. They are very helpful.

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    Ant traps that are similar to roach traps. Yes, try lowes, they are great.

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    I don't remember if I read it here or somewhere else, but baby powder (suffocates them), or chalk. I got them in the kitchen about a month or so ago, and drew a chalk line around the perimeter of the kitchen and they disappeared.

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    Cucumber peels worked for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    Can anyone help me get rid of the ants that have invaded my kitchen?
    I have tried Terro, and Borax. and still they keep coming back.
    I appreciate any suggestions.
    They have ant bait traps that work wonderful..You can get them just about anywhere..We had them bad for a year..put out the bait traps and never had another problem...

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    We use a product called Home Defense made by Ortho. I think you can buy it at Walmart.

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    What are the ants going after in your kitchen? If they're getting into peanut butter, potato chips, oils and cat food they're grease ants. The product I found that works the best to get rid of them for good is MaxAttrax.

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    I have them, too!!!!!! I can't go in the kitchen without finding an ant to kill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammydar
    Can anyone help me get rid of the ants that have invaded my kitchen?
    I have tried Terro, and Borax. and still they keep coming back.
    I appreciate any suggestions.
    lay cornmeal on their trails, gets them everytime

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    In addition to doing something on the inside -
    I'd apply something to the outside perimeter of your home. They have to come in from someplace. Get a granular sprinkle

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    I put some peppermint oil where they were getting in, which did the trick x

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    We get them every Sring. I put out ant traps or I call them boxes and it takes a couple of weeks. Also we spray around the foundation and this really does the trick.

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    if your going organic...

    do the borax/powdered sugar mix inside...find where they are entering from...after they are gone..caulk it

    find the trail outside...sprinkle cornmeal...it expands and gums up their insides...they die...

    i use the cornmeal in my garden...the granulated(for under pizza crusts) not the stoneground(powdered)

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    Pwd. cloves work at the entry point--and plant some Tansy outside, but beware of that if you have small children or pets that eat plants---- poisonous

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    A year or so ago I had lots of ants coming in and helping my cats eat their dry food. So on a whim I put down some white breath mints that came in individual little plastic packets in a big bag.
    I forget the brand name. The ants left and I've never seen any in my house since.

    Since they were a big hit in the house, I put some on an ant's nest outdoors, and they swarmed all over them and loved the mint flavor. I had to resort to my tried and true Sugar and Boric Acid mixture to get rid of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramarraine
    We use a product called Home Defense made by Ortho. I think you can buy it at Walmart.
    We use this, too. It works great on all types of insects and has no odor. I can't have anything with an odor in the house. My DH gets it at WalMart and it has a sprayer and nozzle that lets him spray it along the baseboards. He also does it all around the outside perimeter of the house. It is very safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropical
    Quote Originally Posted by gramarraine
    We use a product called Home Defense made by Ortho. I think you can buy it at Walmart.
    We use this, too. It works great on all types of insects and has no odor. I can't have anything with an odor in the house. My DH gets it at WalMart or Lowes. It has a sprayer and nozzle that lets him spray it along the baseboards. He also does it all around the outside perimeter of the house. It is very safe.
    I read another post about ants outdoors. We have fire ants here and their sting is very painful and can cause allergic reactions which my DH always gets. He uses Amdro and sprinkles it around the ant hill. The ants love it and take it back to the nest and it kills everthing almost immediately. It kills other ants outside, too. He gets that at Walmart or Lowes.

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    I sprayed Raid for ants around the perimeter of my kitchen and haven't seen any since.

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    Buy the clear liquid bait traps by raid or terro...They work the best...I have ants every season and have come to know them.
    I start early by putting ant powder down around the exterior of the hse by Ortho...plus the grandulers they have...I also spray with Ortho around the base of the foundation outside...I start in Apr...If they do get in I put out the liquid traps...watch them take it to their nest whereever that is and in a day no more ants...You have to let them take the poison back to their nest...don't kill them. Once they find that food you'll start seeing an army match in and out taking it back...just ignore them and let them eat and take...Trust me that liquid stuff works.

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    Are they large, black ants?? If so, they are probably Carpenter Ants and you need to put "ant killer" outside along your house and they will be gone almost immediately. Make sure the product is for Carpenter ants - of course I can't think of the name right now -----------age related problem you know :-)

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    We will get them every spring and have found that putting something around the foundation of the house is the most complete cure for the whole summer.Not sure of the product,but we get it at Lowe's or Menards.

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    I have those sugar ants also so I'm trying out the Combat Ant bait stuff. I put some down last night; the ants ate that up with a spoon. I checked this morning & the ant population in my kitchen is infinitely less.

    I will report back tonight after I check the other spots. I have multiple "colonies" where they have invaded.

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    Home defense and I put cinn. sticks along all my windows has worked so foar

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