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  1. Irma

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    I have sugar ants in my kitchen. How on earth do I get rid of them? The ant baits and vinegar don't work. Help!:eek:
     
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    I sprinkle cinnamon around the entrance paths of the ants and every ant I come across (since they will take it back to the main group). Eventually, as long as you keep that house spic and span, they will stop coming back as the cinnamon gets rid of their scent trail.
     
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    Terro-it works great for me!!
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    First, find out where they're coming in - they tend to come in through openings in the walls for electrical receptacles and plumbing and the like. In places where appearance matters less, squirt caulk liberally in the holes; around electrical receptacles, find the foam pads that are sold to insulate receptacle and switch covers (they're sold where weatherstripping is sold) and install those under the switch covers. I've been known to spray bug spray around (not on!) the receptacles before placing the insulation and replacing the covers.

    Both ground cinnamon and ground cayenne are highly effective at stopping ants.
     
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    Second Terro. Is fantastic. I've also read that they don't like peppermint.
     
  8. fantasticfirst

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    Terro is the best way to go. I had ants last year. I tried other traps, cinnamon, and many other methods. Things would get better, but they would just come back. They were all gone within a few days after I put the Terro out.
     
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    My mother in law puts our bounce dryer sheets by the windows and counters. No more ants!
     
  10. DizneeTeachR

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    I'm glad you started this... We found a few ants...weird thing not where there is food!!! LOL!!!
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    AMK, are the dryer sheets used ones or fresh ones?
     

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