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Thread: Ants!!! Is there anything we can do aside from bait traps?

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    I know of someone that uses baby powder.

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    Another vote here for borax, I've mixed it with sugar and sprinkled it around entry points into the house and into ant trails. They take it back to the nest and it kills them. But do keep out of reach of pets!

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    Ants tend to be attracted to water. Is there somewhere that water is leaking in causing them to make colonies. I only know this because I had a coffee maker that leaked and the water ran under the counter-top microwave. When I moved the microwave there were hundreds of ants. Once we killed them off and dried up the counter they were totally gone. Look for wet areas and good luck.


    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    My husband set out several underneath my computer. Later found a colony *underneath* the paper the traps were set out on! There are several places in the house where there seem to be colonies. They're just normal-looking ants (not super small or super big). When they bite me on the back, though, they leave huge red welts, so I suppose I am allergic.

    Help???

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    I found that it was great to wash my floors with hot water and vinegar and then my counters with vinegar. I then sprinkle the counter (where they walk across on their way to the sink), with baking soda. Apparently it is like walking on glass for them. I did add the dome baits and sprayed the outside of the house. I try not to leave anything in the sink and with all of this, was able to rid them. Preventative spraying in the spring helps before they come in. I find them more prevalent in rainier springs.
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    Ortho makes a peanut butter poison in a round container. The only place I can find it is at Home Depot. It is safe to use around pets. It claims to kill the queen. It is the only thing that has worked for me.

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    I have tried the borax...they moved 4 feet away and made a bigger home. My DbA** neighbour tried to drown them with water, cold water during a rain storm. LMFAO. This year I am going with the cornmeal. Lucky for us so far they don`t come into the house. Love the cinnimon tip. I now know how to keep them off the neighbours deck.
    I have also read where you can pour club soda on the hill and the carbon pushes out the oxygen and gets them.

    Sigh, will try any thing to get the neighbour to shut up, looking forward to spring and would rather have the ants than him.

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    Ortho makes a good product for home and for Fire Ants that we have here in the south....Bug be gone is the name of the inside spray.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    My husband set out several underneath my computer. Later found a colony *underneath* the paper the traps were set out on! There are several places in the house where there seem to be colonies. They're just normal-looking ants (not super small or super big). When they bite me on the back, though, they leave huge red welts, so I suppose I am allergic.

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    We sue the terro bait works great and each time they take it back to the colony it kills those who clean that ant and so on,you could make your own with sugar boric acid ( not sure if borax is the same thing) and water and place a few drops on a piece of cardboard,but if it is causing you welts I would do whatever it takes to get rid of them asap.I still stand by the terro for the ants ,when we had them this past week three days of terro fresh each morning took care of them completely and boy the amount we had was enormous The first piece of cardboard set out was covered so now mind you the terro cardboard has orange color ,you couldn't see the orange it was completely covered so we kept setting out more and more till they were happy,after the first day the original piece was completely gone no trace of it anywhere on the cardboard piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
    Dish washing liquid mixed with water in a spray bottle. Spray across any area that you see them, and leave it to dry. Do not wipe off.

    I have also heard that corn meal will kill them. They cannot digest it. I would try it, but sounds a bit messy.
    that also works for your plants and or your veggie garden or flower beds. to do the gardens I would fill my miracle grow feeder with dish soap attach the hose and spray away. get the plants good and wet.

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    Salt sprinkled on all the paths and on door/window sashes works well, when I always grew up my mother always planted a peony plant away from the house. It was something that has been passing along down her mother's side for generations. Which reminds me I need a new one this year I moved. Plain old Dryed Bay leaves was the other custom we do as a pass down from the women in my mother side. Spring mean new leaves in kitchen cabinets, drawers etc.

    If that should fail..... soak the hills in gasoline before it rains....... rain forces it in hills. Works on all types. If you want to speed up those big mound. soak half day & then bbq the little buggers!!

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    We've also used the Terro easy to use just put a drop on a piece of paper or thin cardboard in their path and it takes care of them. Try if you can to see where they are coming in by a window or door. We've had them come thru the tinest hole under the window frame or under the front door any little opening. You can also spray some Raid they have for ant's just a little bit to get rid of them at the moment but the Terro they bring back to the nest and it gets rid of them. Good luck what a pain they are. Sue

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    Terro works the best have been using it for yrs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    BIG ant infestations here on the farm every year. This year early on I tried CINNAMON! Sprinkled in all the windows, under the sinks, along floor boards in less than conspicuous places, behind the toilet, at the door jams.....so far it's working amazingly well, smells nice, and isn't a chemical. Bought the cheapest jar of ground cinnamon I could find; the ants don't have snooty tastes.

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    I tried this method last year when I was viisting in MO. It really worked well. I used it on those normal sized ants; what my Mom called piss ants.
    P.S. If you have fire ants here's a non-poison type method - You need to work fairly fast to avoid getting bit. Use a small sharp pointed shovel and take a shovelful of one mound of ants and place it on the mound of another ant mound; take a shovelful from that mound and place it in another mound or even on the first mound. You ideally have 3 or more mounds to work on. The reason it works is because fire ants are very territorial and go to "war" if an ant from anothr mound gets in their mound. It will take longer than poisons but at least it's good for the environment. (As long as you're not the ants).
    Last edited by JBeamer; 04-25-2013 at 02:01 PM.

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    Cinnamon - yes, the spice you buy in the store - sprinkled liberally over their nest and around the exterior and interior walls of your home will help a lot.

    My Mom told me that years ago, but I never tried it until I found an 'ant highway' - both directions - from my outside bedroom door to the pantry in the kitchen. It was fascinating to watch, but...

    Had no bug spray at all so I took out my cinnamon and sprinkled it over the 'highway' and around the doors to the house. Two hours later, the ants were gone. Apparently, the cinnamon is toxic to ants; it messes up the sense of direction of the ant, and eventually kills those exposed to it.

    Did the same at my daughters home where they were feasting in the kitchen area. Had to reapply every day in the kitchen, since we wiped the counters clean every day. The nest was somewhere in the basement, and I couldn't get to that.

    Haven't had ants in the house since then. However, I do sprinkle cinnamon around the doors every year, just in case.

    Good luck.

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    Gasoline pollutes the water supply. Please don't use that technique.

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    et Rid of Ants Solution

    This is a recipe for getting rid of those pesky ants that come every spring and summer. Mix up the solution,
    pack cotton balls in a ja...r cover, put the solution on and they will be gone.

    Ingredients:
    1 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons boric acid
    3 cups warm water

    Directions:
    1. Mix the sugar and boric acid well.
    2. Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.
    3. Store in a jar until ready to use.
    4. When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it and then saturate the cotton to the top.
    5. Place it in the location where it is needed.
    6. Note: This solution will keep for a long while. A good technique is to drip a drop or two over the edge of the
    to find it, but find it they will. When they do, do not disturb them as they drink. They will hang over the edge
    of the lid and drink for a while and then take it back to the nest killing the colony. Almost overnight they will
    be gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    BIG ant infestations here on the farm every year. This year early on I tried CINNAMON! Sprinkled in all the windows, under the sinks, along floor boards in less than conspicuous places, behind the toilet, at the door jams.....so far it's working amazingly well, smells nice, and isn't a chemical. Bought the cheapest jar of ground cinnamon I could find; the ants don't have snooty tastes.

    Jan in VA
    I've used cinnamon for yrs. I will also spray their trail where they come in with ant spray but don't like to use it around counters. They are really bad this yr.
    Judy

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    Cinnamon sprinkled where they are works. A little messy for a large area though.

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    http://tipnut.com/ant-killer/ I used this several years ago when we had a rogue group traipsing around the entry way. I used a small margarine container - hole punched the lid- with the sugar water and borax recipe. The article has lots of info for you to sort out the method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    BIG ant infestations here on the farm every year. This year early on I tried CINNAMON! Sprinkled in all the windows, under the sinks, along floor boards in less than conspicuous places, behind the toilet, at the door jams.....so far it's working amazingly well, smells nice, and isn't a chemical. Bought the cheapest jar of ground cinnamon I could find; the ants don't have snooty tastes.

    Jan in VA
    I have used cinnamon also and it worked great. Good luck - I hate ants in the house - grosses me out.
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