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    OT: ant invasion!!!!

    i am at my wits end! i have cleaned and tried i don't know how many variations of 'natural' remedies to try and keep the ants out of our kitchen. and they keep coming back! within 30 mins of the latest 'remedy'. i'm about to go full on napalm!

    is anyone else having this prob? usually in the spring and fall we have a problem if a crumb of food ends up on the ground or left in the sink, but this is not normal. any bug people here? any suggestions? i have to leave town tomorrow for a few days and i cant imagine what i'm going to come back to. i may clear the counters and just crop dust raid all over the place and clean it up when i get back.

    any suggestions for keeping them away with something natural? i've tried white vinegar mixtures, peppermint oil mixtures, lemon.

    thanks

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    Equal parts of powdered sugar and baking soda. Ant's eat it, ant's die. Baby powder sprinkled liberally around their entry points works as well.

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    thank you. had not seen those two remedies. we have some baby powder but no powdered sugar.

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    We use diatomaceous earth and it kills and gets rid them and scorpions quite well.
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    This! We used it when I lived in South Carolina and it keeps them at bay pretty effectively. Had to remember to reapply after a heavy rain but that's about it.
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    are you putting it around the outside? they're coming in between the cabinets so i can only image what it looks like in there. i knew DE worked for scorpions, didn't know it worked on ants. when i get back monday it's going to look like a baby powder truck exploded around my house.

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    FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth!!!!

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    I'm having good luck using Androl grains around the perimeter of my house and my planters. Same deal as you, lil' bastards come in through the cupboards in my kitchen. Not zillions but a few here, a few there, every time you turn around there's one...and another one...and.... Within about a week or two of Androl application outside, things seem to clear up for months. They take the grains into their colony where it's a holocaust and smokes all of them, supposedly. That's why it takes a little time. I reapply every couple months through summer.
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    Diatomaceous earth --- crushed seashells ..... the kind you find at a feed store ... totally natural AND safe ..... do not use the kind that is used for pool filters... that is not good to breath ... I like my lungs... We had an infestation of cockroaches after a remodel and once we used diatomaceous earth no more roaches. You can put it just about anywhere and is a good barrier around the perimeter of your home.

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    I'm picking up some food grade diatomaceous earth today for the house but I'm going to try it for my health too. I did some reading last night about the product and it seems worth trying out. Seems a lot of people use it everyday. Thanks for posting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtrider127 View Post
    I'm picking up some food grade diatomaceous earth today for the house but I'm going to try it for my health too. I did some reading last night about the product and it seems worth trying out. Seems a lot of people use it everyday. Thanks for posting
    Cinnamon on the counters and cabinets, diatomaceous earth around the baseboards of the walls. There is also an orange spray you can get from Whole Paycheck that will stop them in their tracks.

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    uh, oh--you mean there is an unsafe version? I bought a bag recently and have been using for pepper plants. I'll have to check the bag now.


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    Diatomaceous earth kills earthworms if that is any consequence to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madduck View Post
    i am at my wits end! i have cleaned and tried i don't know how many variations of 'natural' remedies to try and keep the ants out of our kitchen. and they keep coming back! within 30 mins of the latest 'remedy'. i'm about to go full on napalm!

    is anyone else having this prob? usually in the spring and fall we have a problem if a crumb of food ends up on the ground or left in the sink, but this is not normal. any bug people here? any suggestions? i have to leave town tomorrow for a few days and i cant imagine what i'm going to come back to. i may clear the counters and just crop dust raid all over the place and clean it up when i get back.

    any suggestions for keeping them away with something natural? i've tried white vinegar mixtures, peppermint oil mixtures, lemon.

    thanks
    Just curious... how much grass do you have in your yard (if any) ? Once I got rid of my grass, my ant issues went away... btw, the ants are really bad this year in the phoenix area.. so I hear...

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