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Have you ever heard of AntsCanada? Me either…

AntsCanada is an organization promoting the pet ant keeping hobby, myrmecology, ecology, and habitat conservation.

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Short answers to frequently asked questions at


why are there ants in my house They are looking for food.
how do ants get in the house They are very small.
does finding ants in my house mean i have a nest in my house No. They usually nest outside.
how long do ants live in a house They are usually just visiting. They will only stay as long as there is something to eat.
how to get rid of ants in basement Details here.
why do i attract ants Maybe you have something they want (like food).
why do ants come in house in spring Looking for food.
how long do ants live after eating borax and sugar They usually carry it back to the nest. It can take 2 or 3 days for it to work.
how many ants are in my house More than you can see.
how to find the queen ant in your house She’s not in your house. She’s in the nest in the yard.

Got a question? Comment below…

How to get rid of ants…

Where do they come from? What do they want? How do they get in? How can I get rid of them?

Most common ants live outside in the ground, in nests or ant hills. Several hills and nests can make up one colony. The queen ant (which can live up to 30 years) runs the place and is responsible for making new ants. In the spring as things start to warm up, ant colonies send out scouts to find food and fuel. These foraging ants leave a scent trail so they can find their way home and so other ants can follow.

While foraging ants may be attracted to the food inside your home, however ants don’t usually nest indoors. Ants can be attracted to a little juice spill on the floor or a lost jelly bean between the cushions (even the smallest amount of food can attract the attention of foraging ants).

Ants are very tiny and very clever and for this reason there isn’t much hope of keeping them out of your house. The key is to not give them a reason to come inside. Don’t leave attractants for them – clean up all spills, don’t let pets or kids carry food around the house, discard rotting fruits and veggies, keep sugar containers and jam jars sealed and keep food preparation areas very clean.

This being said, ants will show up in even the cleanest kitchen or basement.

Once you spot an ant, it’s time to act. Do not just kill the ant and think you’re done with it. Ants never travel alone, they always leave a scented trail for others to follow and once you kill an ant it sends out a scent signal to call for other ants.

Here’s what to do when you spot an ant in your home..

  • Kill the ant and remove the carcass.
  • Clean the area around the ant with a strong soap or window cleaner to remove the scent.
  • Try to determine what the ant was after.
  • Remove the attractant and clean the area.
  • Look for others (there’s never just one).
  • See if you can determine the path the ants are using.
  • Clean the ant path with strong soap or window cleaner.
  • Find the entry point (where they entered the house).
  • Fill any cracks or patch any holes and then apply bait or ant powder near the entry point.
  • For best results use an ant powder or bait on the outside of the entry, that way the ants won’t need to enter the house to get the bait (Hardware stores sell ant killer/bait powders. Do it yourselfers use boric acid (Borax) and sugar in small amounts. Here’s a recipe
  • Ants will continue to show up for some time. Keep cleaning the area around any dead ants, clean the trails and the entry points.
  • Most ‘ant killer’ is made up of an attractant and an ant poison. Ideally the ant is attracted to the poison and carries it back to the nest where many ants will be killed.

You will never kill all the ants, they will make more! You can only hope to keep them to a minimum in your home. Most attempts to control ants are temporary at best so be careful with poisons and be wary of false claims.

ps/ Ants perform many ecological roles that are beneficial to humans, including the suppression of other pest populations, aeration of soil and an occasional Pixar movie.


  • This article is written in the most general, non scientific terms for people who have spotted a few ants in their home and would like to get rid of the ants.
  • This article is not meant to deal with major ant infestations in out buildings or ant colonies near bio waste facilities in the Florida everglades (see: Empire of The Ants 1977)
  • Ants are everywhere. Ants thrive in all ecosystems, and form 25% of the terrestrial animal biomass on earth.
  • Getting rid of all the ants in your yard is impossible. However you may be able to stop them from showing up in your home.

Good luck!

By: Mike Benny

Please let me know if this article has been helpful.

13 Common Items for Getting Rid of Ants


This list is from an article I found in Reader’s Digest (here). I can’t vouch for all thirteen of these, but a few might be worth trying if the “usual methods” aren’t working for you. Good luck!

Adhesive Tape

Create a “moat” around the object by surrounding it with adhesive tape placed sticky side up. See more uses for Adhesive Tape.

Turkey Baster

Use a baster to blow small amounts of boric acid into hard-to-reach corners.


Keep ants at bay by drawing a line around home entry points. The ants will be repelled by the calcium carbonate in the chalk.


Sprinkle a line of flour along the backs of pantry shelves and wherever you see ants entering the house. Repelled by flour, ants won’t cross over the line.


Place the flowerpot upside down over the anthill. Pour boiling water through the drain hole and you’ll be burning down their house.


Squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills.


In a blender, make a smooth puree of a few orange peels in 1 cup warm water. Slowly pour the solution over and into anthills to send the little pests packing.


Cayenne pepper sprinkled in spots where the ants are looking, such as along the backs of your countertops or on your baseboards, will tell them that no sugar is ahead.

Plastic Containers

Place a plastic container on the bottom of each picnic table leg, then fill with water.


Sprinkle salt across the door frame or directly on their paths.

Herbs and spices

Flour, sugar, and paprika can all fall prey to ants. Keep these cooking essentials safe by slipping a bay leaf inside your storage containers.

Talcum Powder

For an effective organic ant repellent, scatter talcum powder liberally around house foundations and known points of entry.


Serve the ants on your premises with an eviction notice. Pour equal parts water and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Then spray it on anthills and around areas where you see the insects.

Comment below if any of these worked for you.