Fire Ants? Try this Home Remedy Ant Spray

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand seeing a parade of fire ants in the house. It’s gross to have a boatload of creepy crawlies wandering around inside. And so, there’s only one thing to do – get rid of ‘em. 

My encounter with the biting buggers.

Living in Florida for over 30 years, I know about biting fire ants.  However, in Florida, they are red, and these North Carolina ants are black.  When I saw them, I figured they weren’t biters like the red ants. Afterward, I found out I was wrong.

This is what happened when I walked down the driveway to the mailbox. 

(By the way, do you know about the free USPS service called Informed Delivery Daily Digest?  It notifies you by email when you have mail or packages to be delivered by the US Post Office.  Additionally, you get a picture of your mail and can track and manage your packages online.  If it’s available where you live, I recommend you sign up for it. It’s free.)

Anyway, I went to check the mail and, boy, was I surprised when I stepped on a big ant mound. I’m certain the neighbors got a kick out of the dance I did to get those suckers off me.

This is what fire ant welts look like. And, no these are not my feet.

fire ant welts from the pest's stings
Do fire ants bite or sting? As it turns out, they do both. First, they bite just to hold on to your skin, then they pivot about and sting multiple times. Isn’t that nice?”
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I got rid of the swelling and itching with colloidal silver gel.

Now I know to give fire ants the attention they deserve.

So, when they made an appearance in my kitchen, this is what I did.

To begin with, I had to figure out how these pests got in the house.

Why did I have an ant problem in my kitchen?  It’s clean and I never leave food out. Now there are biting ants crawling all over my kitchen window sill. 

Could it be my own doing?

Occasionally, we all do goofy things. Well, when a bunch of peaches from my dwarf peach tree fell to the ground, I scooped them up and dumped the rotten peaches in the outside garbage can. When I went to take the can to the street for pickup, I saw the error of my ways. No doubt attracted by the peaches, there they were, a trillion black fire ants making their way up the wall towards my kitchen window. I now knew how the ants entered the house. My bad!

fire ants march up walls
The ants go marching
one by one.

Ugh, ants in the kitchen…what to do?

The first thing I thought of was hairspray. Surely, that’ll ruin their day and they’ll skedaddle on out. Yeah, no.

At this point, I decided to reach under the kitchen sink and grab bottle of some funky, homemade solution (that I failed to label). Oh well, whatever it is, let’s give it a try.

To my amazement, this brew stopped the fire ants dead in their tracks. Like, mid-scatter. A few of the bigger ones fought a good fight but soon waved the white flag.

Here’s the mystery recipe to get rid of ants inside or outside the house:

  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 good squirt of Dawn

Put everything in a spray bottle and give it a shake.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Oh, if you’re wondering what the remedy is really for, it’s weed killer…works for that, too.

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    ♡ When I Moved In to My Current Home Five Years Ago EveryOne I Saw a Golden Cockroach and tried to kill it with Synthetic Product and Failed Miserably but NEVER!!! Saw it again; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that AnyOne who KNOWS!!! about the Creature that is a Cockroach KNOWS!!! it is 💯 Capable of Surviving a Nuclear Explosion…so, now, Five Years On, My Little Home Mates have Returned and I Have No Intention of Killing Them as They Have as much Right to Be Here as I Do; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that Insects ARE Better Company than Other People as ARE Plants

    nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐


  2. Ouch…. Fortunately, for now, fire ants don’t live in our little corner of the world, Barbara. However, we all know that times do change; so I don’t discount ever needing your ‘home remedy’ for weed killing and those little biting creatures – fire ants!
    Here’s hoping they don’t grow immune!!! 😂

    • Oh, Carolyn, immune! What a dreadful thought. I suppose we could bust out the heavy artillery if that happens. You know, hit ’em with the chemicals. Gotta get rid of those dirty, rotten, scoundrels! lol

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