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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    hawkknight365

    2 months ago

    The 3 food baits are also good for getting rid of roaches. When I am relocated I do this immediately to get rid of any that might be around the new living space.

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    MdWise

    Tip 1 year ago on Introduction

    So here's the tip I saw on YouTube. Put on your 'detective' hat & observe where they're going, but also where they're RETURNING to. Boil a tea kettle full of water. Once you find a few 'suspect' ant hills, pour entire kettle of boiling water on anthills. It's supposed to kill the queen. I've been at this for four (4) mornings in a row (I have a lot of smallish anthills in backyard) along with using essential oils & spay bottle of white vinegar (to erase pheromone trail). We're starting to see a marked improvement! Hopefully, trying these bait tips will end this War of the Worlds with these little black ants!!

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    hawkknight365MdWise

    Reply 2 months ago

    White vinegar mixture will kill them as well. The smell Will also cover their trail.

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    HI14marlysevenson

    Answer 1 year ago

    Amazon has evething and they can ship to you.

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    StevenS398

    7 months 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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    DawnM454StevenS398

    Reply 3 months 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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    hawkknight365DawnM454

    Reply 2 months 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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    DianeC156

    5 months ago

    THANK YOU! Best self-help ever! I've just been using Borax and sugar and it certainly has helped but know I am to all your other sensible hints.....moving on!!!

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    MaryHuggard

    5 months ago on Introduction

    Awesome! Going to pick up tea tree and peppermint first thing tomorrow! Thank you!

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    KusamK1

    12 months ago

    WHAT IS TTEA TREE OIL.IS IT AVAILE IN INDIA

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    WhoseMarie

    1 year 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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    RayG42

    3 years ago

    Step 2 works like a charm. Kills most of the ants in seconds. Only problem with it is that the cayenne pepper can clog a spray bottle. Recommend heating the water first, adding just a tad more pepper than what is recommended. Stirring frantically to get as much to dissolve as possible and using a coffee filter and funnel to get the water in the bottle without the large pieces of pepper in it. Other than that, works amazingly.

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    WhoseMarieRayG42

    Reply 1 year ago

    I just ordered cayenne extract. It's stronger and shouldn't clog. We'll see when it arrives on Monday.

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    allenwoll

    Question 1 year ago

    The tiny FRANTIC black ants in my kitchen were driving me crazy ! ! ! -- and getting more & more numbers. . SUDDENLY ! ! they disappeared : I had done nothing to cause this except to physically assault them quite industriously.

    Coincidentally, I had been suffering with runny nose and ! ! - VIOLENT - ! ! sneezing.

    When the ants left, so did 95% of my nose problems.

    Is there ANY conceivable connection ? ? ?

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    HI14

    Question 1 year ago

    Are these safe for pets? I have an indoor cat.

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    Vyger

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I find ants to be kind of useful. They don't really do any damage, except carpenter ants, and they keep other pests under control. Ants and termites are mortal enemies. Predatory ants will kill and remove other insects. Fire ants might be a problem but they stay outside. My cats also find them entertaining. I had a bunch of sugar ants discover my bag of crushed pop cans. They went through the entire thing of cans and cleaned up every last bit of sticky anything. It was pretty impressive. And when they were finished they just disappeared, out looking for another treasure.

    Of course I don't mind spiders either. I usually rescue them and take them outside. They help control the other bug populations.

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    BrittanyM84Vyger

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have to disagree, the ants in my house have been here for 10+ years, before I moved in. And the tiny black ants I have like decaying wood and loose gravel, in my neighborhood that's easy to find, so the ants are not leaving. But when I use cedar oil they are actually repelled. Nothing good come from having ants in your home, they're health hazards cause you have no idea where they have been.