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Ants have invaded the kitchen and I want to get rid of them with out killing them. Any suggestions?
 

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Do not create an inviting enviroment for them. Clean all counter and floors surfaces of constantly. Even opening a soda on the counter will create a surgary spray that the ants love.<br><br>
I've also heard that baby powder repels ants. I do not know if this is true or not.
 

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Cinnamon.<br><br>
I don't think it kills them, but they <i>hate</i> it. Find their entry point and hit it with some cinnamon. That's worked for me in every place I've ever had an ant problem.<br><br>
This too:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Do not create an inviting enviroment for them. Clean all counter and floors surfaces of constantly.</div>
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They seem to like the dry cat food we leave out. Counters are always clean. Maybe I'll try the cinnamon.
 

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Ants navigate by scent trails left by other ants. They find new food sources by sending in scout ants and the scout ants laydown the scent trail when they go back to the nest. If you have an ant trail, follow it and scrub it clean with vinegar then wipe up the vinegar with a baking soda solution (it will bubble where the vinegar was) that is the best way to remove their scent trail.<br><br>
Then do all you can to prevent future scouts from finding anything yummy in your home and they will move on to other food sources. If you must leave out food, like cat food, double bowl it and put water or vinegar in the first/larger bowl to prevent the ants from finding the goodies in the second/smaller bowl. Another alternative is to put it on a table where all the legs are in a bowl of water/vinegar and there isn't anything else touching the table, so they can't get up the table to the goodies.
 

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Set up a picnic on your doorstep. They will surely run away with your samitches and watermelon slices. That works, right?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Herbivorous B.I.G.</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2841167"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Cinnamon.<br><br>
I don't think it kills them, but they <i>hate</i> it. Find their entry point and hit it with some cinnamon. That's worked for me in every place I've ever had an ant problem.<br><br>
This too:</div>
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Salt works too.
 

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Yay! I'm not the only one who refuses to kill those little things! Now then, when I've had trouble with ants I would first of all take a paper towel and put the end of it on the counter (not so that it's laying down on the counter) and sweep up the ants with it. (if you did it right it won't kill or hurt them) Once that is taking care of, I did a major cleaning and made sure it stayed clean. Neither of these processes took very long with me, but when I tell people about it they think I'm crazy. XD
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I will try the vinegar out for now and see if that works. I don't like that smell either, so maybe I'll put some near the refrigerator and snack cabinet to keep me away from those areas!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Herbivorous B.I.G.</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2841167"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Cinnamon.<br><br>
I don't think it kills them, but they <i>hate</i> it. Find their entry point and hit it with some cinnamon. That's worked for me in every place I've ever had an ant problem.</div>
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But what if I make a house out of cinnamon bread? Will they stay away or eat it? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
I've also hear just baking soda itself, garlic, and lavender will prevent them.
 

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Cinnamon has worked for me in the past. Caught some ants munching on crumbs I dropped on the kitchen floor so I sprinkled cinnamon in the area and swept it up after they ran away. Hope whatever you try works for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>midwestbeth</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2841166"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Do not create an inviting enviroment for them. Clean all counter and floors surfaces of constantly. Even opening a soda on the counter will create a surgary spray that the ants love.<br><br>
I've also heard that baby powder repels ants. I do not know if this is true or not.</div>
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I agree, keeping food away is your best bet.<br><br>
Also, if possible find where they're coming in and seal it up, that's the easiest no-kill solution I found. We had an ant problem in our bathroom last summer because it's an old apartment building, and all we did was cover up the holes they were coming in through with tape and voila, no more ants.
 

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They seem to like the dry cat food we leave out. Counters are always clean. Maybe I'll try the cinnamon.</div>
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If you need to leave out food you'd best put the food bowl in a bigger, shallow container with water in it to create a moat. Ants can't swim. If the food is there and they can get to it it will be hard to keep them away. They sell pet food bowls within a bowl contraptions for this purpose, but you can make your own.
 

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i don't have an ant problem but i do have cockroaches. it is no fault of my own. our apt complex is a haven for them. they've only recently been popping up (we've been here almost two years) and now there are a lot of them. i don't want to kill them but i wish they would leave. one of them made me burn my hand to a crisp. worst.pain.ever.
 

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i don't have an ant problem but i do have cockroaches. it is no fault of my own. our apt complex is a haven for them. they've only recently been popping up (we've been here almost two years) and now there are a lot of them. i don't want to kill them but i wish they would leave. one of them made me burn my hand to a crisp. worst.pain.ever.</div>
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Cockroaches? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I hardly ever get those, so I just use a cup and plate to put it outside. Are they coming in through the door? I've heard of these things you put at the bottom of your door, to keep drafts from coming in. They might be able to squeeze under it, but I don't think so. You can patch up wherever else they're coming in.
 

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Cockroaches? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I hardly ever get those, so I just use a cup and plate to put it outside. Are they coming in through the door? I've heard of these things you put at the bottom of your door, to keep drafts from coming in. They might be able to squeeze under it, but I don't think so. You can patch up wherever else they're coming in.</div>
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i think they are coming from the other apts. we live in an old building in a corner with woods to the back of us so they could be coming anywhere. they seem to only be in the kitchen and sometimes in the bathroom, though i think those ones are lost <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> i try to keep my kitchen clean but there are spots where the cabinets and counters are not flush against the wall and they run that way. i read that catnip, garlic, cucumber and bay leaves deter them but i haven't tried it yet. i wonder if anyone else has this problem or has tried any of these things with success?<br><br>
and to add something to this thread where i found the info: <a href="http://eartheasy.com/live_natpest_control.htm#c" target="_blank">http://eartheasy.com/live_natpest_control.htm#c</a> just ignore the killing part
 

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Once, my niece and I spent quite a while laying sheets of paper on the floor to gather the running ants so we could carry them to the garden safely.<br>
Next step is to plug up the gap from which they once came! Use electrical tape.
 

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ants don't like chili powder. they don't like the scent of peppermint or lavender. they also don't like chalk and powder.<br><br>
chili powder, powder and cinnamon is kinda hard to keep around with out it getting all over and having to put it down constantly.<br><br>
try soaking a cotton ball in peppermint oil or lavender oil and wiping that all over the area the ants are going to and entering your house. leaving the soaked cotton balls near the entrance area helps to.<br><br>
also try drawing a line with chalk around the line or area of entrance, they usually will not cross the line so you can deter them away or out this way.
 
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