Here is what I do to keep ants away. I spray all the bottoms of the base boards with Ortho home defense spray. I also spray the walls inside closets and my pantry with the Ortho spray. I have had ants in the past in my bathroom cabinets so I spray inside those too along the edges. Once I found ants in my dresser,so I spray behind the dressers and around the edges too. For areas where there is food like cabinets in the kitchen, I use baby powder. This is the only natural item I have found that works. Last year I tried cinnamon and pepper but the ants still came out. In my kitchen cabinets I will put baby powder around the back and side edges and they lay a cut to fit placemat over that so the powder wont get on things. After every space in the house is sprayed and powdered, I will then spray the outside around my house. I usually respray out side once a month during the summer as it rains. By doing all this,I have only about 1-2 ant episodes compared to more than I can count when I did not do this prep work.
My method also saves money compared to hiring someone to spray your house. The Ortho spray costs about 10.00 and the baby powder about 3.00.
So how do you deal with ants? Share your tips to help me and others to get rid of ants.