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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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    We got those big black ants this year too. Definately worth hiring an exterminator. My kid sister got them one year & ignored it, within two years they got really nasty. They're not AS distructive as termites, but over time they can cause some serious damage.

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    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.
    You can buy a spray called Bug Stop by Spectrecide It works great last for 9 months in side and out.
    This worked when nothing else would.

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    I agree with Roseanne. Call an exterminator, they don't charge all that much and they'll find them and wipe them out. Then after you get rid of them you can do your own maintenance spraying.

    Left untreated or partially treated, carpenter ants can be super-destructive, they're almost as bad as termites. BTDT.

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    Carpenter ants will be coming to look for moisture. You can help keep them out by making sure there are no leaks or moist spots in the house. Watch the outside of the house to see where they are coming and going from, then a spray on just that spot will kill them as they walk through it. Keep following them away from the house to find their nest and destroy it.

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    Carpenter ants are tough. They get into your foundation, fences, trees, etc. Getting rid of a whole colony is difficult. Baiting is usually best (we tried it all). Home remedies are placebos. The best solution we found for inside with the animals was to bait along the trail with Advance Carpenter Ant Bait (Whitmore Micro-Gen). I have a direct 800 number if you need it. It is TOXIC which is why it WORKS. Boric acid just doesn't seem to get the job done on big colonies of carpenter ants and fire ants. We had to make sure to put it where the cats would not get to it. But to be honest, my cats won't eat anything that is not in their special bowel (Each has their own. They don't eat out of each other's bowel either which makes it easy to see who's the pig of the duo. :thumbup: )

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    When I see an unusual amount of ants, I think of bad weather coming that year..the ants know

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    put out cornmeal where they are coming in at . The ants take it back to the nest and they die

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    Not big black ants, but outside , wherever I pull out weeds, around mulch, under rocks, tiny tiny black ants by the thousands!! I've never seen so many ants as we've had this year. Thank God they are outside!!

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    Yes, they are carpenters ants. Our exterminator sprayed and followed the ants route and found the mother lode in a tree hole. There were soooo many ants, it was a little creepy. But that is nothing compared to the scorpions and snakes we have seen.

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    Kids like using a black light to find scorpions. They fluoresce under UV light (love that glow). We've finally gotten a handle on the huge fire ant colony on our street. It took everyone treating for them at the same time or they just moved the entrance to the main colony to an untreated yard. What a pain. Ants, termites and those 2 inch cockroaches seem to rule down here. Not real fond of any of them.

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    Just was on Good Morning America on Fri.
    Go to website and click on Fri episodes.
    Lot of good advice

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    I live in the piney woods in Texas and I have fought the carpenter ants for over 25+ years you treat and treat they just move and then come back. We have a sandy soil and with the amount of rain the ants are worse then before. I have done them all the corrnmeal , the bug spray. The ants will strip a tree of leaves over night.
    They take the leaves back to the nest and it makes fungus and they eat on it along with the wood and other thing they get.
    You can follow the ants back to the nest and then walk a little more and find another hole. All the different treatment work on the ants jusy can't get to the QUEEN

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    Too true. Unfortunately most ants are just like this. I sincerely hope that there will at some point be a better method for dealing with these little buggers. I'm guessing you're treating the ground, wood, everything you can find? We feel like it is the neverending story as far as fire ants are concerned. This is one time when no one will yell "long live the queen!"

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    I also found BIG black ants in the kitchen. Started to just kill them manually then they seemed to multiply. Nothing worked (at least what I tried) so I called an exterminator. That was the good ending; they guaranteed their work so when the ants came back (and they did) back came the extreminator. Well they finally found the damp area, sprayed and for the last three years, no ants. So maybe you should try the boric acid cure and if that doesn't work then you have the other choice.

    Either way, I wish you luck. Those are Ucky things.

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    Yellow cornmeal works great also. They can not digest it and it kills them back in their nest. (Old family thing.)

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