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How to Get Rid of Ants In The Kitchen


At first, you might not even notice the occasional inconvenience caused by ants in the kitchen. But we all know how easily and rapidly the presence of ants in your kitchen can transform into a major pest problem. If you don’t address the infestation of ants in time then they soon will start to infect the food items. Apart from making food items and ingredients inedible, the infestation will make your food space an unpleasant place to dine. 

Therefore, to get rid of ants in the kitchen, there are multiple steps that you have to follow.

Identification of the species

The first step in getting rid of ants in the kitchen is to identify which type of ant has infested the space. It is important to know this since different treatment methods and chemicals are used for different ant types. For example, pharaoh and pavement ants mostly infest the kitchen spaces. Pharaoh ants are found in light yellow to red color and pavement ants are dark brown to black in color, they are also slightly larger than the pharaoh ants.  

Try to find the entry or exit point

Follow the trail of the ants that are coming in and out from your kitchen for a while to identify the point from where they are making entry in your house. Look around the cracks around windows, floors and doorways. Finding the entry or exit points from where ant population is infesting your kitchen will help in focusing on the right spaces during the ant treatment.

Find the ant colony

Finding the ant colony is not an easy task, but if you are able to do it, then it will become very easy to get rid of ants. Following the trail of ants that goes out from your house may help you in finding the colony. If you succeed in finding this main source of ant infestation in your kitchen, then you can easily get rid of them by doing suitable spray on the ant hill. You can also use poison bat in the kitchen so that the ants can take back this poison to the colony resulting in killing the entire colony.

Using diatomaceous earth to get rid of ants in the kitchen

Diatomaceous is an effective organic chemical used to get rid of many different insecticides. You can easily get them from a good insecticide products establishment. Diatomaceous earth has the ability to absorb lipids and proteins from the ant’s exoskeletons. The inactive exoskeleton causes dehydration in the insect’s body that ultimately leads to their death. Our recommendation for a diatomaceous earth product here at Solutions Pest & Lawn is Alpine Dust.

Using dry diatomaceous earth

In kitchen, most of the ants are present in the nooks and corners. Small cracks in the kitchen walls and floors, edges and side of the floor, baseboards and window frames are the most likely sites of ant infestation in the kitchen. Spray dry diatomaceous earth in its amorphous form in all these infested areas. Vacuum the place once you notice that ants have left the treated area.

Using wet diatomaceous earth

Ants can easily crawl on vertical surfaces and to treat such infested spaces, you can use the same diatomaceous earth in liquid form. Add four tablespoons of diatomaceous earth into a one gallon of water and use this spray to treat all those open and vertical spaces where dry diatomaceous earth can’t stay for longer.

Use ant baits to get rid of ants in the kitchen

For more stern action against ant infestation in the kitchen, you can use baits. At Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a stacked inventory of great ant baits that can target any species of ant you may have such as Ficam Insect Bait or Optigard Ant Gel Bait, among many others.  Let’s see how you can set up effective ant bait. It is quite obvious that ants are using your kitchen to bring back food for the rest of the ant colony. Therefore, use the same food items to get rid of them. In two to three simple steps you can prepare effective bait.  

Use pre-bait

Pre-bait is just a process in which you will put different food items in your kitchen to see which type ants prefer because their eating habits and preferences change throughout the year. Put sugary and fried foods as pre-bait. It will help you in poisoning the right type of food to get rid of ants.

Ready made ant bait

Apart from making bait on your own by using insecticides, you can also purchase a ready-made ant bait products from Solutions Pest & Lawn like Maxforce FC Ant Bait Gel and Advance 388B Ant Gel Bait. These commercially available ant baits can be used to kill any type of ants present in the kitchen. These highly toxic ant bats come in both solid and liquid form. If pre-bait application indicates that your kitchen ants prefer sugary foods then use liquid bait because it works best in this situation.

Commercially available ant baits are effective due to the fact that they have slow activation mechanism, not resulting in the sudden death of ants that feast on the bait. The slow acting of the bait provides enough time to ants to reach their colonies with the poisonous food before their death. Even if the infected ants die before reaching the colony, their poisonous bodies will be consumed by the rest of the ant population resulting in the same desired result.

In handling these ant baits extreme care is required, especially if you are using them in your kitchen. Before putting the baits into their places, remove edible items from there. Don’t allow children in the areas treated with poisonous ant baits. A kitchen free of any infestation is very important to ensure healthy and hygienic meals for the entire family.  


Ants in your kitchen is no fun, but you don’t have to tolerate it for long if you apply our tips and arm your home with effective ant bait products which Solutions Pest & Lawn can provide. For more help, visit our website and talk to us via live chat, call our toll free number at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com


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