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    Sugar ants in kitchen

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    So i come back from a recent trip and notice some sugar ants. Luckily it was the other side of kitchen to my coffee machine.

    Question though.

    What is a safe way to eliminate these sugar ants around the kitchen.

    I heard boric acid but you can't buy it from a shop.

    Thanks in advance

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    Hi rusty888,
    I use Excelpet flea powder from the Supermarket. Trace the ant trail back to their entry point, and lightly sprinkle the powder. The ants usually enter my place thro' a window or door and i just sprinkle on the sill to deter them.
    Boric acid or Sodium Perborate may be found in your hardware store, ask them. It's used in laundry items.
    Cheers, Mike

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    I use ‘Roach Prufe’, which is Boron (B) present as ortho boric acid.

    I think that I got it from a hardware store many years ago. At the rate I use it the 450g tin will last me forever.

    I use it for cockroaches and ants. Sometimes mixed with a little sugar.

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    I have a cousin that looked at the problem in the opposite direction, his theory is that the ants only came in because they were hungry or thirsty so he waters the garden where they are entering and feeds them half a kilo of white sugar.

    Cost = $0.50
    Environmental impact = nothing really

    Safe for pets, family and other critters.

    It really works a treat too.
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    Bizarrely. ....that's exactly what I decided to try a few days ago. I have no ants in the kitchen, though the possums and currawongs are quite energetic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I have a cousin that looked at the problem in the opposite direction, his theory is that the ants only came in because they were hungry or thirsty so he waters the garden where they are entering and feeds them half a kilo of white sugar.

    Cost = $0.50
    Environmental impact = nothing really

    Safe for pets, family and other critters.

    It really works a treat too.
    This sounds great. I'll put some sugar out and see what happens. Just not sure exactly where they are coming from. I can't seem to trace the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty888 View Post
    This sounds great. I'll put some sugar out and see what happens. Just not sure exactly where they are coming from. I can't seem to trace the trail.
    Might cost you $20 in sugar to draw a moat around the whole house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Might cost you $20 in sugar to draw a moat around the whole house!

    You are saying that like your joking. I actually did go around the house and sprinkle a kilo around to see what would happen.
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    Interesting to not. after putting a kilo of icing sugar in various places around the house 24 hours later one like was full of ants and the trail was obvious. Safe to say the ants thought it was Christmas but have now been dealt with.

    Thanks any day for the suggestion. Shows that the best defence is offence
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    We have had a major ant problem since we built here 35 years ago.
    I reckon I have seen most types in that time.
    No 'Fire Ants' yet, but I believe they are heading North.
    Currently a lot of black ants that are hard to trace to a nest ( I think they live under the house) and lots of normal size brown ants in trails of hundreds winding their way upstairs. I suspect they are attracted to the Gecko poo (we have lots of Geckos who like to live in or mostly unused air conditioners).
    We live on top of a rocky hill near the bush and why they pick on us I can't imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempeman View Post
    Hi rusty888,
    I use Excelpet flea powder from the Supermarket. Trace the ant trail back to their entry point, and lightly sprinkle the powder. The ants usually enter my place thro' a window or door and i just sprinkle on the sill to deter them.
    Boric acid or Sodium Perborate may be found in your hardware store, ask them. It's used in laundry items.
    Cheers, Mike
    Boric acid might not work as a repellent, but it is great ant poison. Though they wouldn't simply eat it, but I would recommend doing as pestcontrolhacks says, to make a bait of boric acid with minced meat or boiled eggs, works with sugar and honey too. Ants will also bring it to their homes and poison everyone there.

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    I bought this Hovex product from Bunnings

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/hovex-2l...spray_p2961565

    I haven’t tried the other suggestions here. At Bunnings, they told me the Hovex product wouldn’t work if it got really hot outside. I use it outside before I put my washing out, so I don’t get spiderwebs on my washing. This stuff seems to work on really hot days (or maybe I was just lucky).

    I’ve tried it on ants outside and it seems to work. I’ll have another look when I get home today.

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    Actually, I found the ants came back again.



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