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Monday, April 26, 2010

I woke this morning to an ant on the kitchen island. Let me tell you, after our year-long battle with ants a couple years ago, the sight of this tiny creature traversing my countertop sent shivers of apprehension up my spine.

Because now I know. I know that the presence of this one little ant means there are a zillion others hiding behind my woodwork, deep in crevices I'll never see. It means I'll have a choice between killing dozens at a time with wads of paper towels or smelling the overwhelming odor of Raid. It means that one day soon, I'll open my pantry and see they've invaded our food supply, regardless of all my efforts. That's one way to motivate me to clean out the pantry, but not my preferred method.

So if any of you have a surefire method of ridding the house of little black ants . . . I'm all ears.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:29 AM  
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At 8:49 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You need to get in a professional. We did battle with black ants for four years. Carpenter ants. Every time we thought we had them, they would reappear. Then we called an exterminator who is REALLY good! He goes to Ft Wayne too if you want his number and he's very reasonable. He did ONE TREATMENT and we have not seen a carpenter ant on the premises since.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I agree with Colleen. We get these tiny little ants and I've used ant poison (liquid form) and then my husband sprinkles that powder around the border of the house. It works to a degree but never completely eliminates them. I DID go on an ant hill hunt once in my yard (that was fun!) and poured the Google-search solution of baking soda all over them. It definitely killed the ant hills but somehow ... they just keep coming.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

These aren't carpenter ants, but the little tiny ones. Yeah, C, send me his number! We used Terminex last time but it wasn't cheap.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

Before you spend a lot of money, try a little bottle of "Terro." I laughed at my husband when he brought it home because we'd tried so many things other years. But this stuff worked--at least for us. And you just use a tiny bit in an out of the way place that they travel through...a couple of days and they're gone.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Rachel. I think I'll try that first.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger jel said...

we had the same thing with them
my brother got some ant bait call "TAT" it has no smell, it's a little round box you sit it out the ants go in and take it back to their nests and in 14 days they are gone! it work for us!

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Annie said...

My mom actually got a long wooden stick, used the flame from our gas stove to set it on fire, and burned the ants. Not enough to kill them, but just enough so they would go back and warn the colony. We didn't have ants for years after that. However, my mom ordinarily uses cayenne pepper, and that's worked really well.

At 6:12 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Ants come back to the same place every year. You have to spray the outside of the house first. Get ant traps to place where they are, but a good exterminator can do all that.

Another thing to do is put Murphy's Oil Soap on the thresholds where they come and around the edges of the cabinets. They won't go across it and it's safe for your dog. You have to keep applying it.

I hate seeing ants of any sort! They want your territory. Ugh. Can't live with them.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Ugh...ants. My mom called them sugar ants. We used red pepper and my dad had to reseal windows and doors. But, they CAN and DO come up through sink drains if you haven't gotten enough rain

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Beverly said...


At 10:11 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for all the advice! Annie, your mom is brilliant! I love that idea--only I'm picturing myself torching our house in the process . . .

At 12:53 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

OH! I read last year about using lavender oil mixed with water for ants. I've used it when they invade, and so far it's worked. Sorry to be so far behind, but it did work, and it's harmless to everything.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger adge said...

We used Borax powder and soon they quit coming.


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