I have cleared up a few ant infestations in my home using Method Spray. It's an environmentally friendly cleaning spray, and I'm not sure what made me think of trying to spray the ants with it, but it seemed to make them sticky, slow them down and then they died.
That might sound really cruel, so some people might not want to try this. But the advantages for me were that we didn't have to spray the horribly toxic chemical sprays.
I'm keen to try the cucumber skin next time, as that sounds like it might get rid of them without killing them. But I just wanted to share this solution which worked for me.
Deirdre from Atlanta, GA writes: "Okay, ant remedy update:
Neither chili powder nor borax powder stopped the trail of ants from coming inside. I thought sprinkling chili powder along their path was a winning remedy, but the ants simply went around the powder and marched on inside. I even saw a few ants walk right through the chili powder too. Wow!
What worked phenomenally well and almost immediately, was clove oil! I located the area just outside on the doorstep where ants were trailing in and added 5 drops of pure clove oil to the area. Then I added a drop of clove oil here and there along the kitchen countertop where a few remaining ants were lingering. Potent stuff. No sign of ants.
Am very glad not to have to use ant bait as I hate the thought of destroying an entire colony.
Philip from Dearing, GA/USA replies: "I have used Borax from the detergent aisle in the grocery store for ridding fireants. A couple ways I have had success is to use hot tap water and about 2 cups of Borax in a 5 gallon bucket. Mix well to disolve the borax. Then put water into flower watering container and pour directly onto the mound. (Be sure to cover all of mound with the water) You will have 5 gallons of the water.
To use ALOT less Borax you can make a BAIT fot the ants. This is done buy taking dry cat food, Borax and grape jelly and creating a mixture. You will need one cup of dry cat food, 2 Tablespoons of borax and 2 tablespoons of grape jelly. Mix well in bowl. Put one tablespoon of the mixture directly on top of the mound. ( Works better when no rain is expected) The worker ants carry this to the Queen and this wipes out the entire colony. I have seen mounds big as small car tires completely disappear.
Don't get discourage with this method if it fails from time to time. 95 percent of the time it will rid your fire ant promblems. Re-apply if nessasary and to any new mounds. Takes about a week to see results.