Ants in the kitchen

(Gwenn) #1

Yes, its that time of year. I got ant traps and they don’t seem to be working , Not only that but the one I had under the sink seems to be getting eaten - maybe by a mouse I did not know I had! Anyone have ny recs for good ant bait? Has anyone tried Terro? I used them and it seems the liquid inside comes out so I stopped using them? Has anyone had that happen? Thanks, HOs.

(Denise) #2

Terro used to be my go-to. You have discovered its downside, though. Terro bait is sticky and I think sweet, so I’d keep it away from pets and anything that’s not easy to wipe down.

That said, our old kitchen was subject to being invaded by ants in hot weather and Terro worked. (I wanted to avoid sprays and more toxic stuff.) Once ants found the bait, they would swarm it and take it back to the colony. Not the most appealing situation but effective. We needed to move the traps periodically to keep the ants hitting the bait.

Hope this helps you decide.

(Chris D) #3

Terro baits are about the only thing I’ve found that works on the ants we get invading the house every year, this year we used the outdoor baits and so far we haven’t seen any ants in the house. The outdoor ones would probably be less prone to leakage than the indoor ones if you wanted to use them inside.

(Ailsa Konzelman) #4

I am at war with ants right now- my yard and the basement. I have tried all kinds of things- natural and chemical. Borax with icing sugar, cayenne pepper, hot water on hills- all the chemical ones would be different from the options you have in the US.

(Denise) #5

Borax is the active ingredient in Terro and the carrier liquid seems to look and behave something like simple syrup: viscous and clear. I have never tried mixing Borax with simple syrup as a DIY method myself but if you happen to have both items in the house, maybe worth an experiment?

(Andrea) #6

Terro worked pretty well for me, also Ortho Home Defense Insect Killer spray.

It’s a constant struggle - Grandma had battled ants in this house before she died 10 years ago, then I moved in and continued the war. They’re pretty much at bay, but I still see a few here and there. It’s a big yard with who knows how many millions of ants are lurking out there. I’ve also spread granulated stuff on the grass a few times.

Ants are so gross, good luck! And I think I’ll get more outdoor Terro packs to go around the foundation, just in case, so thanks for the reminder.


Bay leaves and cheap hot sauce or cayenne.
I like using the hot sauce because they won’t wade through it.
The bay leaves seem to work well stuck in crevices.
Over time all methods seem to diminish in
effectiveness so I mix them up. Ants are smart little critters!


Grant’s ant bait has worked best for me.


I’ve used the Terro baits in the kitchen–counter and in cupboards. Just be sure you don’t have any little hands around that could move them around and cause the liquid to emerge. Be patient, it took a while in our case.


Wondering if your ant problem was solved. I have a outdoor patio inside the house that starts to have ants problem. Want to eliminate them totally!!


Wouldn’t it be an inside patio in that case?
Inquiring minds…

(Gwenn) #12

They seem to be gone. And my ant traps disappeared! Those were some determined ants!


Very right!


Lucky you! They have moved!

Mine took the bail, but still very much alive and kicking.


Indoors, I use a mix of boric acid and diatomaceous earth. Outdoors, I use:

At my parents’ place, I have to use the chemical indoors, too.