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

    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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    Best product ever:Terro, it is a thick liquid, you put some drops on their path. We have eliminated them. here in Florida!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leakus View Post
    Best product ever:Terro, it is a thick liquid, you put some drops on their path. We have eliminated them. here in Florida!
    i used to use a similar product, can't recall the name, came in a yellow squeeze bottle with red printing. works wonderfully.
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    Terro works the best and can be found at and Agway store

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    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.
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    Thanks for sharing this useful information!
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    If they're regular ants (as opposed to those teeny tiny ones that run around without a trail, these have to be baited) "amdro" works really well. They're granules you can get at Lowes or Home Depot. They take it back to the nest and it gets them all in no time.

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    Talcum powder. Not toxic and it dries them out.
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    We have little red/bronze ones here and their bites can really sting. Luckily they only bite if they feel threatened. My husband sprays around the perimeter of our house every spring with a environmental friendly spray that helps. I also keep all my food sources (flour, sugar, cereals etc.) in sealable plastic containers.

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    Borax will kill them also. Be careful where you put anything if you have pets.
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    I've used Comet cleanser where they come in. They wouldn't cross it. It is messy.
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    Sprinkle some grits where they are. They will bring it back to the nest and when they eat it, it expands in their belly and the die. I have tried it on red ant piles and it works!!
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    The only way I got rid of them was to call an exterminator.
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    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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    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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    Ant food from the local hardware store, put it in bottle caps, they take it home and kills the lot, works inside and out me are ant free on the front and back porch.

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    Getting rid of them is one thing, keeping them away is another. Watch for dead trees near the house and don't use wood mulch. We fought them for years and they didn't stop until we changed mulch from wood to sweet peat.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leakus View Post
    Best product ever:Terro, it is a thick liquid, you put some drops on their path. We have eliminated them. here in Florida!
    The best stuff ever- I got rid of mine and my son's- my SIL then my Dad;s house then my sisters then my brother's house. That bottle is still better than 1/2 full and I even put it in my shed / play house for the GDs. You definetly get more then your moneys worth out of it.

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    We've used borax powder and it worked for us. Probably works like the talcum powder.

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    I used a borax laundry soap on roaches and got rid of them. It took a while but we have dogs so I didn't want to use any chemicals. I put it in all the cupboards and on top of the cupboard. Neighbors hauled loads of household trash out of their back yard and our house was immediately infested. It was awful. I don't know if it works on ants but if I get any ants I'm certainly going to try it. Now to find something for scorpions. Yuck!

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    I use cheap Cinnamon from Wal Mart , works wonders and I also put it in/around new plants when planting. Works wonders.
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    we take grits with us camping and treat the ground.... no ants!!! it would probably work inside as well and it is a lot cheaper than pesticides

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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.

    Help???
    now my spelling leaves a lot to be desired but this works! Ditomachaches earth. It used be be used in swimming pool filters but now you can buy it at lawn and garden centers. All natural. It really works
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Borax will kill them also. Be careful where you put anything if you have pets.
    We have success with a small amount of borax mixed with 1/4 cup of honey. Just drop a small amount at various points on their path. Our problem was especially bad, so it took two treatments.

    As Jingle said, please do be careful not to place this anywhere if pets may come into contact with it.

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    Well, we have a cat and most of the areas with ants are carpeted -- so that limits us somewhat. I am going to check out all the suggestions, though. Thanks!

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