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Ants! Ive had enough!

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Everytime it gets warm out, I will get ants in my kitchen.

The past few days were warm, and you guessed it, MARCHING ANTS!

This am Ive scrubbed my kitchen down, sprayed ant spray in all the crevasses and along the bottoms of the cabinets, then went shopping. Came home, relaxed a bit, then got up to make lunch and boom, ANTS!

I cant take it anymore!

 

What can I do?

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If you are petless, a mixture of borax and confectioner's sugar is effective. 

 

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I second this, and I'm not petless. I just put it in a place the pets can't get to, but the ants can. Or borax and honey. The little ants line up like boats moored along a shoreline. Only takes a few days to get rid of them this way.

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ants live outside and "march" inside to gather food. If you spread insecticide around your

house foundation they should go away. 

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Grant's Ant Stakes usually do the trick for me.  Try and find the place where they are coming in from outside and put a stake or two there.

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This comes up when my favorite entomologist leads "bug talks"

1 - why are they there? - remove any speck of food and wipe all moisture

2 -  vinegar is your friend and not toxic - they don't like it - spray on the swath o' bugs , wipe away some of the dead BUT leave some - walk away for several hours. They will take their dead home and not a trace will remain

 

Trust me :)

Pesticides - please no

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1 hour ago, Paul Fink said:

ants live outside and "march" inside to gather food

 

I have yet to outsmart them but I've determined that ants come into my house for a variety of reasons.  Top four:

  • Too wet outside
  • Too dry outside
  • Just passing through
  • Cat food  

And honestly, I think the cat food is just a bonus.  It's surely a bonus that warrants calling in reinforcements but I don't think it's the main draw.

The last incursion, after a good rain,  emerged into the kitchen from a corner where the wall meets the ceiling, smack-dab in the center of the house.  The other side of that spot is behind the furnace but I can't see it and never figured the actual point of entry.

I believe they are in control and allow me to occupy the house, most of the time alone, of their own good will.  

 

 

 

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Go to home depot and get some insecticide. Make a 3' barrier around the house.

Done & Done 

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I've had decent luck with the little Terro ant bait stations.  And yes, you will likely want to treat the yard or at least go all around the house at the foundation.  And you may need to do that a few times over the long term, like quarterly, for best results.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Terro-Liquid-Ant-Killer-Bait-Stations-6-Pack-T300/202532940

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Both times over the years I had severe problems with ants coming in, the exterminator found a large ant hill. The first one was under a pine in the front of and 100 feet away from the house, and the second was under the sweetgum in back and very near the house. They dug them up and sprayed outside around the house. The hills were full of hundreds and hundreds of white egg cases. I never was able to do anything with them until getting to their source outside. Pesky as the little critters are, I think they may be safer to have in the kitchen than pesticides.

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2 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

 

I have yet to outsmart them but I've determined that ants come into my house for a variety of reasons.  Top four:

  • Too wet outside
  • Too dry outside
  • Just passing through
  • Cat food  

And honestly, I think the cat food is just a bonus.  It's surely a bonus that warrants calling in reinforcements but I don't think it's the main draw.

The last incursion, after a good rain,  emerged into the kitchen from a corner where the wall meets the ceiling, smack-dab in the center of the house.  The other side of that spot is behind the furnace but I can't see it and never figured the actual point of entry.

I believe they are in control and allow me to occupy the house, most of the time alone, of their own good will.  

 

 

 

 

BlueDolphin? I have the same issue.

I have ants coming in thru 2 interior "junctions" in the middle of the house over the slab part/

I also figured out where these ants today came from. Apparently they have eaten thru the putty under the lip of the sink on the one side. I had borax in my laundry room and put some sprinkles on that one side and wet it down with Windex (not a Big Fat Greek Wedding joke) now Ive seen zero ants. YAY! Tomorrow ill clean it up and go spray the outside.

 

TY all

 

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3 minutes ago, Thanks for the Crepes said:

Both times over the years I had severe problems with ants coming in, the exterminator found a large ant hill. The first one was under a pine in the front of and 100 feet away from the house, and the second was under the sweetgum in back and very near the house. They dug them up and sprayed outside around the house. The hills were full of hundreds and hundreds of white egg cases. I never was able to do anything with them until getting to their source outside. Pesky as the little critters are, I think they may be safer to have in the kitchen than pesticides.

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, pastrygirl said:

I've had decent luck with the little Terro ant bait stations.  And yes, you will likely want to treat the yard or at least go all around the house at the foundation.  And you may need to do that a few times over the long term, like quarterly, for best results.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Terro-Liquid-Ant-Killer-Bait-Stations-6-Pack-T300/202532940

I have a contract with a pest control company and they spray my deck and foundations every 3 months.  They always give me a supply of the Terro bait stations which I use inside the house.  Ants seem to love the stuff but I take precautions so that Bryn can't get to the bait stations.  No pesticides or spraying inside the house since I have COPD and Bryn and I both have allergies. Probably to each other. The pest control company said that once you find where they are  coming in you can lay a little trail with the Terro to guide them to the trap. I also don't allow power spraying by the company, only hand spraying and only the foundations and around the deck.  They have one employee who has been servicing the place for years and we get along fine, but if he's not available and a substitute comes I keep a close eye on them since some of them will just spray away with wild abandon.  Since I garden for wildlife, and butterflies and insects and have a small garden pond ( a real hot spot for the Fowler'sToads in the warm months) the last thing I want is some  idiot spraying a pesticide all over the place.

What you need is a bait that the ants will take back to the nest and feed to the other ants especially the queen and the nest will be wiped out, and the problem solved until a new ant starts a new colony that starts sending out scouts which doesn't take very long.


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We've had no winter this year.  As short as it is, a short freeze kills off termites and ants as well as other pests.  Prepared for the take over 

 

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We had a similar thing this past summer with earwigs. We'd gotten plenty of snow, but only briefly and without any real cold (by local standards) to kill off the wee critters. 

I don't anticipate a repeat this year. 

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I know it's a bit gore, but I usually grab a few, decapitate them and put their heads on tip of shortened tooth picks for display in strategic parts of my flat. Scares them off every time ...

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I've used boric acid, not borax (closely related but not the same compound). It's so effective I feel kind of bad about it. I've mixed it with confectioners sugar or sugar syrup (around 1:10 or so) and put it where they, go on little pieces of foil, and within a couple of days the entire colony is gone. Even if they live way outside, in the garden, but have sent a regiment into my kitchen to commandeer some spilled honey, the boric acid will take out the whole population.

 

No worries with pets. The LD50 in mammals is lower than table salt.

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On 3/10/2017 at 3:28 PM, pastrygirl said:

I've had decent luck with the little Terro ant bait stations.  And yes, you will likely want to treat the yard or at least go all around the house at the foundation.  And you may need to do that a few times over the long term, like quarterly, for best results.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Terro-Liquid-Ant-Killer-Bait-Stations-6-Pack-T300/202532940

Yes. These. I swear by them.

I leave them down for a week at the most. The first 2 or 3 days takes out most of the colony, and I leave them down a few days more for the next wave/generation that hatches until they're completely gone.

I haven't been able to buy the 6-pack. My Walmart grocery store only sells a 4-pack, which is more than enough to do the job.

Die, little ant bastards, die! >:( xD

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Build a wall. Make the ants pay for it.

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35 minutes ago, ojisan said:

Build a wall. Make the ants pay for it.

 

HAHAHA

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I thinking of asking for a Go Fund Me account to set up a Rent an Anteater business.  Think it will fly? :D  Speaking of flying, for a small extra fee, I will add a termite eating attachment,

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