So many ants and I can't stop them

Ants - Ants is an insect that can be really annoying when they exist in your house compound. You will get attack without realizing it.
@yspmyl (3438)
Malaysia
June 20, 2011 4:45am CST
Recently there are many ants came to my house kitchen and they are all over my sink and table top. When ever I see them, I will use hot water to kill them, but that only manage to get rid some of them, and they will reappear again very soon after that. I have tried to find where they stay and used some pesticides to kills them but they still return after certain period of time. Some of my friend recommend me to put some lemon at the place where the ants usually exist. But I find it not useful at all. I am thinking to use pesticides on my sink, but I worried that I will get poisoned because that is where I use to prepare my food for my family. And I also worried that my sons will get bits by those ants. Anyone of you have any idea how to get rid of ants? If you have a natural way that will be much better. Please share you experience and if your method on how to get rid of ants.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
23 Jul 11
Hello ys. I hope that by now you have conquered your ant problem. Lat week I was visiting my grandson in South Carolina. He lives in an apartment. They do a spraying once a month. One night he got an infestation of ants. We tried every thing to get rid of them. we finally went to Walmart and bought ant traps. These are safe because the poison is inside and will not get on the counters. The ants were gone in the matter of hours.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 11
Hi! Thanks for the adding in more information. I used the boric acid formulation and it works. Those ants never return since I spray the chemicals. Hopefully it will last very long.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
25 Jul 11
The thing about ant traps is you don't have to spray any chemicals around
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 11
Yeah, I agree with that, I will try that also when next time the ant visit me again. Have a nice day!
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 11
I dare not use the pesticides at the place where I prepare for my foods. No matter how I mop after applying the pesticides, I believe there are still some remaining of pesticides on that area. An article in the newspaper advised us to use the Shell of an egg to kill the ants. First of all, smash only the shell of the hen's eggs into small pieces and fry until it totally dried. Secondly, crush those pieces of eggs until they becomes powders. Finally, those powders can be placed at the places where the ants often appear with small containers. The ants will be finally killed once they eat those powders. I hope this method will work since I have not tried before. In my belief, it is very bad to kill lives. After searching through the internet, I found a very suitable method for you too. This is the link for your reference: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf678114.tip.html
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
27 Jun 11
Hi! What is the point if you mop it off after you applied the pesticides? I have not heard about the egg shell can kills ants. I will give that a try. Hopefully it will work. From the link that you mentioned above, I saw them using the boric acid and they mix them with sugar and once the ants eat that, or carry them back to their nest, the whole colony will die. But where can I get the boric acid?
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
27 Jun 11
About the dried egg shell, it has come out in the local Chinese newspaper for many times. To save trouble, I just bought those ant killer powder from the hardware store or the night market and pour them on a small late for the ants to eat. But I dare not to place at it at where I always prepare my foods. I have no idea about boric acid. Probably, the hardware store can help you to get this item.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
27 Jun 11
I sprayed the pesticides around my home and it was very effective. Once there was a rain, the ants returned as before. Similarly, if you mop away the pesticides, the ants will returna s before too.
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
20 Jun 11
ughh i sometimes have this problem too. especially around the kitchen . i don't really know how to get rid of them. I just wipe them off my kitchen whenever I see them. But i think they're unstoppable coz I think they'll come from wherever if they smell sugar.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Jun 11
Hi! That is what I am doing all the time, I just wipe them off, and within a minute, they will come back together with their friends and family. So, when I saw too many of them, I will use hot water and that sometime make them disappear for a while but after half a day, they return. I used pesticides on their nest, but that only last for few days. They are really annoying.
• South Korea
21 Jun 11
Yep they are pretty annoying and yes they come out with their family and friends for a revenge maybe hehehe!!
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Jun 11
That will be really scary if they come for a revenge....
@kavya06 (373)
• India
20 Jun 11
I think you can ants by putting some kerosene on that area
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Jun 11
Will kerosene works? I think if I use kerosene, the smell will fill up my whole kitchen, and it is hard to clean also.
@kavya06 (373)
• India
21 Jun 11
Sure,it definetly works smell will their some time but all the ants will certainly die
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Jun 11
I think if I want them to die, I have to put the kerosene at their nest.
@cgirl123 (264)
• Indonesia
20 Jun 11
Hi yspmyl! :) your username is a bit complicated to say.. :D anyway, you can try using some pepper, the ants will not like it, that is what watch in the television long time ago. I experienced same trouble with you in the past, so i still remember it well :D And, try to keep the area clean always. it is better if you wipe it out with a damp cloth. The ants leave some kind of chemical trace on their route, so they know which way to come home.., by wiping it with a damp cloth, you can remove this trace. just remember to make the place clean of ants and do some preventive action to prevent the ants coming back again. You can put some pepper in the begining/source where the ants come, for example: if the ants come from a window in your kitchen, spread some pepper near or on the window. Hope that can help you to get rid from this ants problem. :) Have a great day!
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Jun 11
Hi! Is my username really that difficult to pronounce? I have heard many way but have not heard about pepper can get rid of the ants. I will give that a try. When you said to wipe their chemical traces with damp cloth, I have done that before, but it resulted they changed their route and come from another way. They are always around my sink area, so that area are most of the time are wet, I wonder if they are looking for some places that are wet? I doubt it.
@bubuth (1816)
• Philippines
28 Feb 12
I read in one of my mylot friend that Nutra sweet is also good killer for ants. You can also try it. She said that if we sprinkle some of Nutra sweet on the ants,the ants going crazy. My grandmother also use candle to kill ants. She kill them by heat coming from the candle but the only disadvantage of using candle is the wall and the cabinets get dark spot because of the smoke coming from the candle but you can wipe the black spot by wet rag.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
29 Feb 12
Hi! I have not heard about Nutra sweet before. Bit if it really work to make ants crazy, I will give it a try. But to use candle heat to burn and kills the ants, I don't really like the idea. Just like you said, the smoke from the candle will make some black spot on your wall and I don't think you will be able to wipe it off if the wall is rough. I prefer to use hot water instead if I were to use candle.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
21 Jun 11
First what kind of ants, Are they small and reddish or black? Then they are either sugar or grease ants. They are coming for food in your kitchen. Any food items you have put in containers they cannot get into. Glass jars with lids work. Plastic they can eat through if it is thin plastic. Keep your kitchen clean as possible. Find where they are coming in at. Take kerosene with sugar put in a lid where they can get it but your family is not going to be overly exposed. They take it back to the nest and poison the nest. If they are big black ants they are carpenter ants and will eat your wood in the house so will termites a reddish pinkish two tone creature. You need to kill them. If you live in country where you can find some toads put them under your house they will eat them up soon. Find the source of the nest and dig deep in the nest and poisin the nest. If there is mositure or mold or dirt against the house get it away from the house as ants like to burrow in nests in moist areas and dirt next to house. If under the house you need to make poision or get ant traps to kill them. Here are some links to how to get rid of ants try some of these remedies http://www.thefrugallife.com/ants.html http://www.ehow.com/how_3791_rid-ants-naturally.html http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Ants Hope the links help you find a solution that works. I have had them and used some of the methods. I have also used hot water. I traced the ants to the source and dug out the nest which was in a big dirt mount right up against the house left by some sort of project. We also found and killed the queen. Moved the nest far away. They never came back.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
27 Jun 11
Hi! The ants in my kitchen are the small red ants, these type of ant will not eat wood but when get bite, you will feel very itchy and sometime it will even last for few days. I believe these ants mainly be in my kitchen is because like what you said, they like moist place and maybe sometime they can find food in the kitchen. That is why they came back again and again even after I have clean them away. I like the idea of using kerosene on sugar to poison the whole nest. I will give that a try and hopefully it will help to stop them from coming. I will also check on the links that you mentioned and hope that I can find some useful remedies to kill or get rid of those annoying ants. Thank you!
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
21 Jun 11
A pleasant day to you Yspmyl, It is indeed annoying. Almost same situation that I encountered 2 weeks ago. It is also on the kitchen side, the wall near the sink where the ants are crawling. I really feel irritated that time because it is almost everyday that I cleaned that area and still they keep on coming back. At first, I just use an ordinary hand soap to wash the wall to make it smell fresh and fragrant but on the next day, ants were there again forming a path. So what I did, I used a detergent bar with a strong content to clean the wall. And since it is a kitchen area, I have to cleaned it thoroughly to keep the food from any unsafe odor. And finally, after using the detergent bar, ants do not form any path anymore. Meaning, the detergent bar content is effective for ants not to crawl anymore in that area. Perhaps you can also use a detergent bar to wash the area in your kitchen.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 11
Hi! What you said are exactly like what I am facing and I did the same thing like you did. But I just use soap to clean the wall since I can clean the oily wall at the same time. . But the ants still comes back the very next day. I will try to use the detergent bar like what you have mention here. And hopefully my ants will not like the detergent bar like yours.
@ezquiza (15)
21 Jun 11
to get rid of them i buy a product that has a good flavor and they eat it, then it poisons them so that they die and don't come back. it works perfectly for me i forgot the name though
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 11
Is there any product that have good flavor that can poison the ants? I will try to look for that in the market and hopefully I can find it.
@sarahong (94)
• China
21 Jun 11
hi,maybe u can put some prickly heat power on that way !
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 11
Prickly heat power? I though that is only for itchy and sensitive skin? Will that work?
• United States
21 Jun 11
First you need to find out what kind of ants they are. Little black ants are after sweets. Big black ants and black and red ants are carpenter ants and they will eat your wood :( so it is very important to get rid of the big ants. If you see any flying ants, spray them with soap and water. These are the queen ants and they are trying to find a home for a nest for the next year. I watched to find out where the ants were coming from and I found out they had a nest around the sink where caulking was needed. I got some spray at dollar tree and sprayed and it has really helped cut down on the problem. I did get bit by one of the ants. I fell asleep on the couch and it crawled on me and I smacked it. I just put first aid cream on it and took an antihistamine for a couple days and that helped my reaction.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 11
They are the red ants but not the big red ants like what you mentioned. This red ants do not eat wood but their bites are really itchy. (See the attached picture of the red ants) And some people will have swollen if got bitten. I think I have to find their nest in order to totally get rid of them like what you did.I will put some pesticide in it and hopefully it will works.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
20 Jun 11
Every summer the ants seems to be a problem at my house. So far it hasn't been too bad that i can't keep up with them. My sister has been getting big anta thia sumeer that she h=never had before. I don't know why ants have to be such a pesty problem.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Jun 11
Yours is fine since they only came during the summer, I have been having this problem all the time and I have really give up hope and I just let them there as if I can't see them. I have use many methods and yet they still come.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
yes sometimes its really hard to put them away especially when are many,so the best thing to rid and eliminate them all is spraying of chemicals such as malathion,but we can not drain them all because they can easily multiple their selves.