Question from Jen
Hi there! I’m looking for advice on how to handle an influx of kitchen ants this summer. My usual methods (ie – clean counters, all food put away in sealed packaging, etc) aren’t working. I can’t even tell where they’re coming from specifically, can’t locate ant hills in the yard. Very confusing. I’m not ready to call in an exterminator quite yet (although my husband is quickly losing patience!) I’ve heard good results with the following products but since I have kids who play on the floor and pets who lick their paws I’m hesitant to use.
1-Terro ant traps
2-zevo ant spray
Thanks for your help and any recommendations you might have for me.
I would definitely avoid commercial ant traps if possible.
The first step is to seal any openings. I know you said you can’t locate where they are coming from but it’s worth continuing to try to identify the source.
There are many natural ways to kill ants. My tried and true used to be a mix of Borax, sugar and water. It worked great, but I recently read an EWG article about the toxicity of Borax
Another natural option is mixing vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spraying the ants. I’ve read that peppermint, cinnamon, and lemon juice are all effective but I haven’t tried them myself.
I was surprised to learn that Terro’s active ingredient is, in fact, Borax. It’s better than more toxic pesticides but I would still avoid it, particularly if you have kids and pets. As an absolute last resort, you could use the Terro traps outside the house to prevent them from coming in. It’s not ideal but at least you wouldn’t have it inside your home.
Has anyone had success with a natural remedy?