Not so much in the City but in Central Illinois tiny black ants used to show up this time of year by the millions. They and cousins chewed the coating off peonies to let them bloom. They got in the house and on to honey jars and into sugar jars.
All kinds of things were tried to get rid of them. Drowning them with a spray bottle worked as well as anything. Truth of the matter is after about a month they disappeared on their own.
In California different ants were a problem. I don't know if you can still buy them with the formula from 30 years ago? Grant's Ant Sticks worked better than anything. I looked quickly on line and they are still sold.
They had gooey stuff in a little disc on top. You ran warm water over it and stirred to activate. The stick were on sheet metal spikes and you just put them near the perimiter of the house.
Of course, as I have offered before, I find it much cheaper to just put a local and licensed exterminator on contract. Does not have to be a national chain rep. They have licenses and end up costing no more than trying to make consumer retail products work.