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Recently I started seeing a few tiny black ants (pavement ants, aka sugar ants) in my kitchen, maybe 5-8 a day, no big deal right? Wrong. Ants live and travel in colonies or large groups usually how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar hundreds or thousands to a colony. So seeing a few ants in my kitchen was enough how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to tell me “there’s more some where” day after day I starred at my counters trying to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar figure out where they were coming from. You will see in my photos below that my counter how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar tops are black faux granite (yup I painted them myself, psst….I even did the mosaic tile back splash too!) so spotting these tiny black ants and trying to see how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar their movement was impossible. I decided I needed to act fast and get rid how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of them before they took over my home. So I headed to ace hardware (my favorite store) and asked for help. Tony the gentleman at ace gave me detailed instructions and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar ran around ace getting me all the items I needed. He came back with a handful of items. My first thought “wtf is this going to cost me?” I made my way to the check out, and surprisingly it was under $20. Much cheaper than hiring an exterminator that’s for sure. List of items I bought:

Now just wait and watch! I placed 2 baits (paper squares) originally. One near the stove and one near the sink because how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar this is where I usually saw the ants in my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar kitchen. I literally squirted the drops on the paper, and within minutes the first ants started to appear, they flocked to the bait nearest the sink. After 15 minutes tons of ants had gathered at the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar bait by the sink only, they looked like wild animals surrounding a water hole. I left the bait by the stove anyway, and placed another along the trail the ants were following how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in. More and more ants were coming and I was able how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to follow the ant trail easily and see where they how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar were coming from. It looked as if they were coming out from under how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar my counter top close to the sink. However when I opened the cabinet doors I couldn’t see them any where, so I knew they were between the wood some where. But how were they getting in?! So I went outside and searched the exterior of my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar house where my kitchen would be, and sure enough a trail of ants was entering and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar hole around my exterior pipe cover (I think that’s what it is).

Where this pipe cover is on my exterior wall is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar under an enclosed back patio. So now I wanted to figure out how they were how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar getting in my patio. I placed a bait on the ground under the pipe how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar cover and waited a few minutes for the trail to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar get heavier. The trail led me to a small hole in the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar cement floor of the patio that lead under the screen how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar enclosure. So now that I knew where and how they were how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar getting in, it was time to block and seal their path. But first, I blew the boric acid powder in to the hole how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the cement by the pipe cover. The boric acid came with a red plastic straw you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar attach to the nozzle of the boric acid bottle to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar get in to holes. You squeeze the bottle to get the boric acid powder how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to poof out.

The reason you put this boric acid inside the wall how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar or object is to kill any stragglers, or kill the nest of ants. After you finish with the boric acid you will seal how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the hole with the silicone caulk. I used the waterproof because it is outdoors and near how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a water pipe. Another reason is because ants can’t chew/dig there way through silicone. To prepare your caulking gun, first cut the tip off the caulking tube. Then take a pen or a screwdriver (something small enough and pointy to fit in the tip) slide the pen/screwdriver down inside the tip to puncture the seal inside, making the silicone able to flow out. If you don’t puncture the seal inside the caulk will come out how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the back end instead (yup that’s what I did, I didn’t know there was a seal, what a mess and it was hard to clean up) then insert the caulking tube in to the gun. You will first need to pull the metal plunger piece how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar all the way to the back of the gun. Pun the metal rod back all the way. Then insert the tube of caulk. Squeeze the trigger several times till you feel it’s harder to squeeze. Then you’re ready to shoot.

Shoot the caulking in the whole completely, sealing it off making it impossible for any ants to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar get in or around the hole. I sealed both holes, the one by the pipe cover, and the one outside my patio where they were coming how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the patio from.

And BAM you’re done! I watched the trail of ants slowly diminish. Since they could no longer get in any where I how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar just had to wait for the ones that were already how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in my patio slowly find there way to the baits, killing them slowly. It’s been 2+ weeks and not a sign of ants inside my house, and none inside my patio!!!! Feel free to ask me any questions if you need how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar help with understanding the process. And watch for future DIY posts. TY ❤

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