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We recently had an ant invasion problem because I forgot to start feeding my indoor dog outside. Once the ants discovered the dog food, I had ants in my cabinets as well. It is a frustrating experience to get rid of ants when they discover a gourmet treat in your kitchen. This instructable will show you how I got rid of the little troopers!

Step 1: Supplies

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White vinegar
Baking soda
Sponge with texture
Cleaning rags
Elbow grease (Manual  labor)
Bleach may be used instead of vinegar.
JamesL223 months ago

I liked the part of the article that talked about getting rid of potential food sources for the ants. It seems like ants are able to find the tiniest crumb on the floor, so keeping your spaces clean would probably be important in keeping them at bay. Luckily there seem to be ways of getting rid of pests, so someone would probably have to do some research to find out what would work for them. http://victoriapestcontrol.com/odorous-house-ants-victoria/

I found a recipe here on instructables for getting rid of ants. You mix hand sanitizer with Gatorade, find and dig up the ant nest, pour in the Gatorade mixture and recover the ant nest. The ants will eat the mix because of the sweetness of the Gatorade, and the sanitizer will kill them. It takes about 2-3 days according to the ible, just look up Gatorade on instructables. I haven't tried it, but it sounds like it works! Hope this helps, and good luck ant hunting!

I believe you have to kill the source but it is hard to find sometimes. Lots of things can be loosely ran into and down around pipes and cracks but I've had better luck by finding the source and killing it out. I've stopped them before by the means described and it fought them down for me but lots of times they would come back and sometimes they didn't come back. All are worth a try.

Browncoat3 years ago
Pour boiling water on the next? Looks like you could prob enter this in the Water Challenge! ;)
sunshiine (author)  Browncoat3 years ago
Thanks! I did not think about that one! I will enter it! Have a great day!
You too! And if you come up with any other Water-ideas, enter them too. Surely we can get the prize bumped up to that killer water ball! :D
sunshiine (author)  Browncoat3 years ago
I entered two that I could. I will try and think of something to do.
pecospearl3 years ago
p.s. I use a gallon of vinegar on fire ant mounds and works better than Amdro. Even with Amdro they tend to "come back" after a couple of months.
pecospearl3 years ago
Funny you should post this. I have had "raspberry" ants this year and have had a terrible time getting rid of them. I'll be trying this next. We get ants every year for the last 20, always sugar ants, but this year it is raspberry, a new invasive species of crazy ants. I'll try your remedy and see if it works for these.
artfulann3 years ago
I'll remember this the next times it happens, because unfortunately for us it happens at least 2 times a year. Houston doesn't get cold enough to kill most critters over the winter AND, I don't use traditional chemicals.
Now my ants never bother with the dog food (ours eat every scrap available!) but go for the kitchen counters immediately because of water. We find we have invasions when it is really dry and they need water.

dchall83 years ago
For sugar ants I have had excellent results with the following bait recipe:
1/2 cup each of sugar and molasses.
1 tsp of baking yeast

It's a gummy mess but smear some on a piece of cardboard and put it in the ants trail. You may have to reapply. For me it took about 2 weeks but the ants were completely gone.

The theory is the yeast messes up the ants food supply inside the nest. Then they die.
sunshiine (author)  dchall83 years ago
Just out of curiosity do you have a formula for fire ants? I know they are a little more difficult to get rid of.
sunshiine (author)  dchall83 years ago
Thank you so much for your recipe! Hope you have a splendorous day!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Those are some great tips sunshiine. We too had our first ant problem recently and what a chore that was to clean every nook and cranny to be satisfied that everything was thoroughly clean. (I hate bugs). Vinegar or bleach certainly helps in erasing their scent trail so that the others can't figure out where to go.

I hope you got it all under control, they definitely call them a pest for a reason!
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Thanks so much for your comment! Have a great evening!