How to Get Rid of Tiny Black Ants in the House

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Introduction: How to Get Rid of Tiny Black Ants in the House

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Ant season is here again! You've arrived on this page because you are trying to figure out how to get rid of tiny black ants in your house. The most common types to invade homes include black, carpenter, pharaoh, odorous and sugar ants. Identifying the species that you are up against is usually helpful. However, It can be difficult for someone untrained in entomology to determine the slight difference between these tiny insects. Luckily the method I will be teaching today does not require any dangerous chemicals. We will be using natural remedies that are modified to work on almost every species. It is finally time to get rid of ants for good!

What is Attracting Ants in the First Place?

Like all living things on God’s green earth, ants are in search of food, water and shelter. This is why your kitchen and bathroom are prime targets. Getting rid of tiny black ants in your house will be an easier project if you can eliminate the sources of food or water that is allowing them to thrive. Colonies will spread rapidly so it is important to get rid of them fast.

  1. Observe their patterns. Where are their trails located? Which areas of the house do they prefer? How are they getting into your kitchen in the first place?
  2. Eliminate freestanding water. Something as little as a wet napkin on the counter can sustain hundreds of ants. Wipe your sinks down regularly and inspect pipes for condensation and leaks. If you see heavy condensation, you need to increase air circulation in that area.
  3. Apply caulk to all crevices they are using to enter and travel through your house. You’ll need to inspect the inside and outside of your property. The best way to get rid of tiny black ants is to keep them out of your house in the first place!

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Step 1: How to Kill Ants and Eliminate the Nest

If it isn't broke, there is no need to fix it! Using baits to kill ant colonies is an effective method that has passed the test of time. However, you may want to skip this step if you have small children or pets. Borax is a natural solution but exposure to it can be harmful for some humans and animals. Baits are a little tricky because different species of tiny black ants have different preferences for food. Additionally, insects in different life cycles stages will also eat entirely different substances. Adults only eat liquids while larvae eat solids. In order to get rid of the entire colony, it is important to have both forms. That is why all-in-one baits will never solve your problem. The trick is to prepare 3 simple little bait stations to make sure you kill every black ant in your house.

Directions: Apply the baits at different spots along ant trails. You will not see an immediate decrease in the infestation. Things will probably get worse before they get better. This is a good because we want as many of these tiny workers to take the borax back to their nest. This is a long term solution that is very effective for getting rid of black ants in your kitchen.

  • Protein based bait: Create a mixture of 75% peanut butter and 25% borax.
  • Liquid sugar bait: Warm about 1 cup of honey or syrup in the microwave. Mix in about a quarter cup of borax.
  • Solid sugar bait: Add 3 parts powdered sugar to 1 part borax.

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Step 2: My Favorite Way to Repel and Eliminate Ants for Good

Once you've given the baits about 1 week to work their magic, it’s time to kill the rest of the stragglers. I have actually skipped the borax altogether on many occasions and just used this portion of the treatment. Essential oils are they key to getting rid of black ants in your house. These insects are just as sensitive to certain essential oils as they are toxic insecticides. Almost any essential oil will work but I find a combination of tea tree and peppermint oil to be the most effective. These oils also have many other health and beauty applications to it is always nice to have a small bottle of each around the house. They are inexpensive and 100% natural.

This will provide a powerful repellent. You can even use this spray to instantly kill insects around your kitchen.This is my favorite home remedy for getting rid of tiny black ants in my house. It can also be applied to the outside of you home to deter any new ones from entering. Pay special attention to crevices around the foundation, windows, doors, pipe penetrations and vents. You will need to reapply every few weeks or after a heavy rain. Watch this quick YouTube video for step-by-step instructions about how to keep ants out for good using essential oils.

  1. Add 6-8 ounces of water to a spray bottle.
  2. Add ½ tsp of cayenne pepper powder.
  3. Combine 15 drops of peppermint oil and 15 drops of tea tree oil.
  4. Spray trails, crevices and other high traffic areas. For heavier application, I like to douse a cotton ball and stuff it near the source of the trail.
  5. Here is an awesome resource if you need more details and instructions about using essential oils to get rid of black ants.

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Step 3: Give me a High Five!

I have a great deal of respect for anyone that is courageous enough to ditch the toxic insecticides in favor of a natural solution. The truth is that these remedies work just as well as the chemicals used by exterminators. The only difference is that you are not exposing yourself, your family or your pets to dangerous side effects.

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If you have any question or comments, please leave them below. I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again for reading my guide about how to get rid of tiny black ants in your house. I wish you and your family the best of luck!

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    57 Comments

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    realife11
    realife11

    8 months ago

    Couldn't that peanut butter / borax solution be toxic for animals (deer,chipmunks,squirrels,dogs,cats,etc.)???

    Also, I always use (indoors) a product called 'pure citrus' to instantly kill ants.
    Not kidding, it literally kills ants in 1-2 seconds! It's just pure concentrated citrus oil from the citrus peel. I use that product, but any product that contains pure citrus peel oil will work. You could probably make your own by putting orange peels in a blender with some alcohol, puree it and strain. Just remember that citrus oils will etch anything plastic. But WOW does it work for any insect, especially ants. Have not found any type of ant so far that can withstand it. Once woke up to at least 100+ ants streaming in from a tiny crack in the wall, into my sink that had some left over soda in a cup. Just SWARMING it! I got the citrus spray, and they were immobilized instantly. Just stopped moving, frozen dead!! Truly amazing. Now it's my "go-to" for all bugs...as long as there's no plastic around.

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     birdbrain
    birdbrain

    3 years ago

    Thanks. I'm going to try the Borax solutions. Do the Borax solutions work on Cockroaches? I have an ant problem, but a relative has a roach problem.

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    realife11
    realife11

    Reply 8 months ago

    Make a mix of diatomaceous earth (safe and available in any garden store, but DO NOT buy it from pool stores, it is different and dangerous to breath in!), and mix it with borax, sprinkling it around where you have roaches. The roaches walk through it and it clings to them, suffocating them. Also works on bed bugs, fleas (not sure about ants though). If you have pets though, only use the diatomaceous earth powder.
    Non-heat treated D.E. is safe for pets, but Borax is NOT.

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    BrittanyM84
    BrittanyM84

    Tip 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hundreds of "pest" insects are repelled and killed by Cedar Oil.

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    realife11
    realife11

    Reply 8 months ago

    I would not use cedar oil outside, since it attracts wood boring bees in certain areas of the world. 😳

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    WhoseMarie
    WhoseMarie

    2 years ago on Introduction

    The spray works great except- cayenne clogged 4 different spray bottles. For now, I've applied by pouring and spreading with cotton. But I want to spray outside too and cotton isn't feasible so I ordered cayenne extract (to be delivered in 5 days) hoping it will work.

    Has anyone else had this problem? I used organic cayenne that I had on hand for cooking.

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    realife11
    realife11

    Reply 8 months ago

    Be really careful with cayenne extract. I made some once, got a small bit on my hand, and it burned painfully for 8 hrs. straight, nothing helped. I found out later that milk or sour cream might have helped, but didn't know that at the time. Wear latex gloves if you use it!

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    KusamK1
    KusamK1

    2 years ago

    WHAT IS TTEA TREE OIL.IS IT AVAILE IN INDIA

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    realife11
    realife11

    Reply 8 months ago

    It originates in Australia, so you should be able to get it in India.

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    realife11
    realife11

    Answer 8 months ago

    Walmart has tea tree and peppermint, but it's most likely cheaper online.

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    HI14
    HI14

    Answer 2 years ago

    Amazon has evething and they can ship to you.

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    StevenS398
    StevenS398

    2 years ago

    Honey with Borax does attract the Ants, and keeps attracting Ants forever, with no evidence the colony is actually being killed??? Pretty sure at this point (after 3 weeks) you`re just feeding the Ants. The spray with essential oils and cayenne pepper have absolutely NO effect on Ants, they walk right through the spay after it`s applied. The cayenne, however, does mess with MY sinuses. The expensive spray bottles clog within seconds and don`t function.....$40+ in all for the supplies and NO relief from Ants, better to try something else. This system sounds good, but it simply doesn`t work.
    Clorox bleach spray works to repel the Ants on a temporary basis if you wipe down all the surfaces where Ants are seen. Unlike the essential oils, cayenne mixture, honey and Borax which are simply a BIG FAIL!
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    DawnM454
    DawnM454

    Reply 1 year ago

    I wouldnt try honey & Borax...But the Sugar & Borax sounds better. But I cant put any on the floor as I have dogs.

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    hawkknight365
    hawkknight365

    Reply 1 year ago

    Put it in your cabinets and behind your refrigerator. Borax and powdered sugar is also good for killing roaches. Have never thought to try the peanut butter mixture for roaches. Will try that but will make a stronger mixture.

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    realife11
    realife11

    Reply 8 months ago

    I wouldn't do the peanut butter mix, since P.B. is a "dinner bell" to rodents. They'll practically kill themselves to get to it.

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    herbieherbie
    herbieherbie

    Reply 11 months ago

    My dad used to put rat baits into pails with very small opening that the barn cats couldn't get into. I am going to try putting ant-sized holes in plastic containers and use that to keep my cats out.

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    valmom
    valmom

    Reply 9 months ago

    Big fail for me too! I tried the borax with peanut butter and the borax with sugar. Ants paid no attention to either recipe. I'll try the tea tree and peppermint next, but I'm getting very discouraged. So, does anyone have an idea that will work?