The Miraculous $5 Amazon Find That Completely Solved My Annoying Ant Problem

published Jul 30, 2021
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There’s nothing that makes you feel quite as powerless as when you have an ant problem. In short, it’s the worst — especially when there’s no viable reason why the ants keep marching one by one right through invisible cracks in the walls and windows. My husband and I live on the 15th floor of a New York City apartment building, and we’re very tidy and don’t keep food out. (My Florida upbringing taught me to keep basically everything in the fridge and how to properly store fruit to avoid fruit flies and other bugs, and I’ll never unlearn those lessons.) Nevertheless, we suddenly had ants coming into nearly every room in our apartment — an issue we’ve never had before. What was the deal? The honest answer: We had no idea. Could it be the summer heat? Something in the walls? They wanted to check out my decorating skills?

We figured the problem would subside after a day or so, but after the unwelcome visitors kept infiltrating our space (and we got tired of squelching them with paper towels and spray), enough was enough. My husband immediately looked up the best ant killer that’s good for small spaces and doesn’t have any kind of odor or tactic that’d make us queasy.

He found the bestselling TERRO T300 Liquid Ant Baits, which were marked as Amazon’s top choice and have over 50,000 five-star reviews, and immediately ordered a few six-packs. (They’re very affordable at just under $7 a pack normally, and on sale now for just under $5 a pack, so scoop some up for yourself ASAP! You truly never know when an ant problem will strike.) When they arrived, we simply tore off the snap tabs and placed them in the areas where we noticed the ants the most. They’re very subtle-looking bait traps, too — unobtrusive and slim to easily put against a wall and forget about. The liquid bait is a sugary substance that attracts the ants, and after consuming and leaving a pheromone trail going back to the colony, it sends them packing for good, thanks to Borax being the active ingredient.

I’m not kidding — after one day of the traps being out and the ants thinking they were in for a treat, the problem visibly lessened, and every subsequent day, it got better and better. It sounds too easy, but we literally just tore the tabs off, placed the bait, and waited. Now, we’re pretty much ant-free, save for a stray one or two that didn’t get the memo … but they will soon!

Buy: TERRO T300 Liquid Ant Baits, $4.68 for 6 Bait Stations (normally $6.79)