Please help, how to get rid of sugar ants!

Merry - posted on 07/24/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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We have tons of sugar ants, every room of the house, how do I get rid of them?

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Amanda - posted on 07/24/2011

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Ant be gone, a few drops around the house and ants will actually be gone for a few years.

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Momma (MeMe) - posted on 08/19/2012

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Yep, ant be gone!! Awesome, awesome stuff!! We use it each spring and within a day or two, they are all gone and do not come back, until next spring. It is super cheap and last years. The ants love it and take it back to the queen, then it kills all of them, including the queen. Wonderful stuff.



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Terro, sounds to be very similar. Perhaps this is the States version of Ant be gone...

Sal - posted on 07/25/2011

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i never could manage to get rid of them in our old house, we done everything, i did find that spray and wipe killed them though and stopped them for a little while and was safe in the kitchen

Katherine - posted on 07/24/2011

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@ Mary good to know, we get ant problems too. I was wondering what a safe way to get rid of them was. We were using peppermint, to no avail.

Firebird - posted on 07/24/2011

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I get the little bastads too. Every summer, no matter what. I use raid ant traps. My kid leaves them alone and so do my pets.

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Pepermint Oil (not extract, the oil). We used to get sugar ants all the time and my mom told me this trick (she learned it from a bunch of hippies when my parents lived in Berkeley, California - lol). We put it on all the window sills, door threasholds, baseboards, etc. It smells great and the ants won't cross it.

Then, of course, you get the die hard buggers. We track where they're coming in from (follow their marching line) then we spray it with Raid and use caulk to close up the hole (and then put extra pepermint oil around the area as a precaution). The first year we moved into our house we had millions of ants, but since we started our anti-ant regime we get maybe 1 or 2 mini invasions a year and they are taken care of pretty quickly with the Raid and caulk.

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vinegar. i got rid of my fire ants with it. don't worry about it leaving a smell. Its a natural frebreeze, the smell goes away and takes any bad odors with it.

Merry - posted on 07/24/2011

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They haven't gotten to the pet food, we feed the cats up high on a shelf type thing and the dog food is in the kitchen where oddly enough no ants have gotten.
Today I found a swarm on a soda can that had fallen behind the couch.

Minnie - posted on 07/24/2011

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Still fighting them, huh? Thankfully we don't have that issue in a fourth-floor apartment but I wonder how bug problems will be when we move to a house on a conrete slab...

Do they go for the pet food? That was always the problem at my mother's.

Mary - posted on 07/24/2011

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We've had this problem every spring since moving into this house. Honestly, the only product that we have found effective is Terro.



http://www.terro.com/products.php?produc...



It's 4 bucks for this little vial. You put a few drops on a piece of cardboard. We usually do this right before bedtime. The ants go into a feeding frenzy, swarm all over this stuff, and then happily carry it back to their colony, and, most importantly, the queen. It takes about 2-3 days, but it does get rid of them. It is safe to use in a home with small children and pets.

Amber-Dawn - posted on 07/24/2011

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My mom also put cinnamon in the doorways to the outside. Apparently they hate it.

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