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How do I kill ants with household items?

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Kill ants by sprinkling them with baby powder, or spray the area where the ants are found with white vinegar and water to cover their scent trails. For a more powerful spray, add tea tree oil to vinegar and water.

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Bay leaves, cloves or cayenne pepper can be placed at the ants' point of entry into the house to deter them from entering. While a mixture of soap and water can kill ants, a mixture of borax, sugar and water placed in discreet areas around a house can kill the ants and prevent them from coming back to the house.

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