How do you get rid of those darn ants? Statesman readers share their tips – Idaho Statesman

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on August 1st, 2017

Remember when you were a kid, and playing with ants was fun?

Theres nothing fun about finding hundreds of ants marching into your house through cracks and crevices that you didnt even know existed.

A Statesman reader contacted us about an alarming number of small black ants that appeared in her kitchen. Several members of the Statesman staff have also noticed ants this year, so we surveyed readers on Facebook about what theyre seeing. The post got 125 comments.

So, is the ant problem worse this year than in other years? The response was mixed. Some said they havent had issues while others reported infestations.

They are the worst ever this year, said one reader. I have never had ants in this house of 40-plus years.

So bad this year, another said. Entire house. Sit on our couch and youll be coated within 10 minutes.

When Boisean Jim DeWitts Internet service quit last winter, he had no idea ants were the culprit.

I have a mental checklist of things to do. One of them is reseating cables, he told the Statesman. When I unplugged the first ethernet cable from the switch, a couple of ants came out. That led to the discovery of quite a large nest.

The DeWitts threw the infested switch out and mounted the new switch on the side of the desk, keeping it off the floor.

Oddly, we saw no signs of ants before the switch failed, DeWitt said.

Wiley Sanders, an associate certified entomologist with the extermination company Gemtek, said ants look for moisture, food and a home.

Because of a very wet winter, Boise is not lacking in the moisture department right now, and thats driving a big increase in ant issues, Sanders said. At this time of year, the species that Gemtek typically sees trying to enter homes: carpenter ants, odorous house ants and pavement ants.

Dane McCullough, manager at the Zamzows on Fairview Avenue, said ants are a perennial problem and that this year doesnt seem unusual.

The store sells a variety of products: sprays and baits (liquid and granular). They recommend Zamzows Home Pest Control, a spray pesticide that kills ants, spiders and other insects. Most products are under $20, and some are under $10.

Here are some suggestions from Statesman readers for eradicating ants:

1. Baking soda and powdered sugar.

2. Peppermint oil.

3. Sugar and borax.

4. Coffee grounds.

5. Vinegar.

Did you have an ant problem? How did you solve it? Email reporter Katy Moeller ( with your tip.

Gemtek recommends offers these ant prevention tips:

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