If you just want to kill the ants, I have found glass cleaners to be very effective. Just one squirt will kill as many as it contacts. After the ant genicide use a paper or cloth towel and wipe down the counters. Unfortunately this only kills those that you spray it on but considering thats what most ant sprays do, I prefer the smell of window cleaner over poison any day. Also if you can stand leaving the dead ants laying around the effect seems to last longer before you get invaded again. Have a great ant free Christmas and good luck in your war on ants.