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Thread: Anyone having problem with big black ants?

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    Having problems with big black ants in our house and how can I get rid of them? any ideas


    I was reading this article

    http://www.thefrugallife.com/ants.html

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    I think the big black aunts are carpenter aunts??? Make sure you spray around the outside foundation & doorsteps, & garage entrance of your house. I see lots of aunts outside, but none inside yet.

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    I killed one the other day, but it was not easy, it would not DIE!

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    Funny you should say that. I was at a outdoor party yesterday & had to step on one 3 times - on cement patio - before it would die.

    Quote Originally Posted by auntiehenno
    I killed one the other day, but it was not easy, it would not DIE!

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    what is the best spray to use as we have a dog inside house

    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I think the big black aunts are carpenter aunts??? Make sure you spray around the outside foundation & doorsteps, & garage entrance of your house. I see lots of aunts outside, but none inside yet.

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    I don't spray anything "inside" the house. You can buy the spray at HomeDepot, Lowes, etc. & just spray around foundation & door sills "outside".

    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    what is the best spray to use as we have a dog inside house

    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I think the big black aunts are carpenter aunts??? Make sure you spray around the outside foundation & doorsteps, & garage entrance of your house. I see lots of aunts outside, but none inside yet.

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    We've been battling with the small sugar ants all summer. I put the little ant baits in the corner of my kitchen counters. Seems to have slowed them down a bit.

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    Big black ants are most likely carpenter ants. You need to locate the nest usually under a board, somewhere they can hide. Check at Lowes, Home Depot or hardware store to find insectide strong enough to kill the nest.

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    I found this on the web....I have used it successfully!


    Natures Insecticide:
    Boric Acid is the "secret ingredient" in so many commercial treatments for insect control. Boric acid (100%) powder is odorless and nonstaining. Kills roaches,termites, fireants, palmetto bugs,ticks,bedbugs, fleas, boxelder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers,millipedes, scorpions, slugs water bugs,and many many more creepy crawly insects.

    Ants : This past year have been on a rampage here in Fl, the insect capitol of the world. This homemade treatment has worked very well on both carpenter ants and pharaoh ants.
    Ingredients:
    1 Tablespoon of Boric Acid, 1 tsp of Sugar, 4 oz water, Cotton Balls.
    Mix Boric Acid and Sugar in a bowl. This can be poured over a cotton wad in a small dish or bottle cap. Keep this from drying out for continued effectiveness. Place Cotton balls in path of Ants.

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    OMG............yes I went into the kitchen at night I didn't know they were nocturnal and the counter and wall were covered with them. I never had big black ants before. I was like a crazy person killing them. I realized they were coming in from the deck door. I wiped everything down with peppermint oil and set up little cup with borax and sugar/honey. I also sprayed outside by the door. Within a day they were gone. However 2 weeks later they decided to send there cousins to visit. The same thing happened walk in the kitchen at night they were all over the counter and wall. They were the smallest ants I have even seen. I did the same this with the peppermint oil. So far so good.

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