If you notice columns of ants marching around the kitchen, and you don’t want to use a commercial product, here’s what you can do to get rid of them and also how to prevent them from finding your home a yummy place to be:
1. Ants are looking for tasty things to eat. They will munch on just about anything, but they love foods that contain sugar.
2. Mix 1-part boric acid powder with 20 parts sugar and sprinkle along their trails or where you see them. BUT DO NOT let pets or small children come into contact with the powder. (Boric Acid powder can be harmful if ingested in large quantities per body weight)
3. To eliminate ants on counters, just wipe up with a damp paper towel and toss into a garbage can outside. Clean the area with hot, soapy water (or wipe with vinegar, but not on granite) to get rid of the scent trail the ants are following.
3. To stop them, keep your kitchen as clean as you can. Don’t leave food out on the counters. Put food in containers in the refrigerator. Wash kitchen floors to be sure there aren’t tasty crumbs or spills to attract them. Take the garbage out.
No food, no ants!