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Good, natural way to get rid of ants???

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
I have just started seeing some of those pesky little, black ants in my kitchen...could have something to do with all the food my kids drop on the floor! Is there some good way to get rid of them without having to call an exterminator? I really don't want all those chemicals in my house.

Thanks!
Kim
post #2 of 40
We have good luck sweeping up the crumbs each night and washing the floor with a little vinegar and water---I think it cleans up the scent trails they use for each other. To kill them you may be able to use diatomaceous earth...carefully sprinkled around the corners of the room.
post #3 of 40
Thread Starter 
I've been sweeping a few times a day and I usually mop with vinegar, but maybe I should mop everyday now. Thanks!
post #4 of 40
I think keeping it as clean as possible is the best way to go. Sweap/vaccume each night before bed, and several times throughout the day, and wash floors and counter tops with vinegar at least once daily.
post #5 of 40
We get that problem on and off. I agree that keeping as clean as possible. I forgo sweeping and get down on all fours and wipe the entire floor acouple of times a day with a wet cloth. That way I can see if there are any crumbs left or small drops of juice, etc. You can't possibly get all that just sweeping or mopping.
In addition to that, you can put some mint leaves around the area. Ants do not like it at all!
post #6 of 40
Here's a great link with some good easy and natural ways to battle those ants. (some not so great ways too, but weed 'em out)

http://www.thefrugallife.com/ants.html
post #7 of 40
We had this problem last year and now again this year. Must be the time of year.
Anyway, there are lots of good suggestions in the link PP listed. I"ve sprinkled cloves all around too and keep squirting the vinegar. They are pesky but I'm hoping they will just go away like they did last year.
post #8 of 40
I totally hear ya. I have some messy kids. And we've had ants in the past. What works for me, is to run the Dust Buster after meals. Catch all the little crumbs. My dog gets the big ones That and getting any other little messes with a wash cloth and a squirt of dishsoap. And of course, frequent mopping of the whole kitchen/ eating area.

The DustBuster is really key for me. I just really loathe sweeping.
post #9 of 40
Being super vigilant about food is crucial. I also wipe everything down with peppermint oil as they really don't like it and it masks their trails. I put a paper towel with oil in in the bin to help conceal the smell of food.

I hate ants!
post #10 of 40
I also have a very helpful little spider living under my kitchen window. He's got a little pile of ant corps' on the counter right now. Gross, but effective.
post #11 of 40
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I also have a very helpful little spider living under my kitchen window. He's got a little pile of ant corps' on the counter right now. Gross, but effective.
Yep, I let the Daddy Long-Leg spiders live inside our house simply because they keep the ant population OUT.

BTW, our ants usually are NOT after food. They are after dry shelter (when it rains in winter) and water (when they bake in the summer).
post #12 of 40
I had a problem with this a few weeks ago and I don't know how you feel about killing them but I sprayed them with cooking spray and they died instantly. The only downfall is wiping up greasy dead ants.
post #13 of 40
Another thing you can do is look for where they're coming in to the house on the outside and use caulk to seal it up. I actually went caulking crazy inside too and it cut down on the amount of the little buggers inside too...
If the home remedies don't work and they're driving you absolutely nuts find a local exterminator (ours is a mom & pop operation) who use synthetic geranium oil-totally safe and non-toxic for the kiddos and the pets. That's who we call when we get to our breaking point with the ants.
post #14 of 40
I don't know much about your everyday ants, but my sister in law got rid of a number of carpenter ant nests in her yard with a blow torch! Sounds cruel, but they were destroying her house.
post #15 of 40
You can block them with strong smelling stuff like cinnamon if you know where they are coming in. I also pureed some orange peel with vinegar and smeared it on the doorsill where they were entering the house and they are GONE. Not just diverted the trail to somewhere else, I didn't see anymore heading up the outside either.
post #16 of 40
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Originally Posted by prescottchels View Post
Another thing you can do is look for where they're coming in to the house on the outside and use caulk to seal it up. I actually went caulking crazy inside too and it cut down on the amount of the little buggers inside too...
that is a good idea, so long as you have a newer house. In my house it'd take weeks of searching to find all the cracks and holes and gaps. Even then I'm certainly there'd be some I'd never find.
post #17 of 40
There is a spray called "orange guard" that kills ants but is safe around food, pets, kids, etc. It smothers them with oil.

http://www.planetnatural.com/cgi-bin...l/orange-guard
post #18 of 40
Side walk chalk, either ground up or lines drawn. The ants will not cross it. HTH
post #19 of 40
our ants came in for the water and we had a ton of them. i smeared some honey on a note card and sprinkled it with borax. then i taped the note card on the wall where their trail was. the next few days there were about a million ants eating away at the honey trap and by the fourth day they were gone forever. they take the borax back to their nest so it ends up getting rid of the entire colony. i've heard that it's a pretty green way to get rid of them. if anyone knows different, i'd love to know.
post #20 of 40
peppermint oil repels them. I added a few drops of essential oil to my vinager water that I use to clean the kitchen counters and after a while, they stopped coming.
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