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:) Is there anything I can do to keep black ants (they are coming into my
:) from the outside) other than using Raid or ant traps, etc?
You can attempt to totally seal your house keeping them
out, find what they are attracted to and place it
outside to keep them there, or learn to live with them
:/ Squeeze one and if it gives off an odor you are
probably dealing with odorous house ants. They don't
live in "ant beds" like other nesting ants, but are like
nomads, finding moisture to live around. Eliminating the
moisture will cut down on the ants, but may kill your
Having gone through the same thing, i discovered they do "not" like cucumber
skins. If you can find out where they coming in, then place the skins around
the spot. For me it took about a week and half, but i have to say, i've not
had a ant since!! I stopped putting the peeling down and nothing.
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This is going to sound weird, but cinnamon powder will deter them. They
hate it and won't cross it. I didn't believe it myself, but when they got
into my terrarium I decided to try it. They stopped trying.
On 07 Aug 2003 22:31:47 GMT, email@example.com (Mceezee) wrote:
Get some big pots of boiling water ready. Find their nest (usually a
small, dirty stone-grayish spot in the grass outside, with lots of
holes and ants runing around...its probably very close to your house).
Get a spade shovel and quickly scoop up and saturate the area with
boiling water. The few surviving ants will spend the next several
days (weeks?) moving to another location, and retreat from your house.
Replace the grass/dirt clump when finished.
Don't know if anyone suggested this remedy - ground cinnamon is a good
repellent for ants. I know it worked for me in our bathroom where the ants
found a place to get into the house. I just put the cinnamon down and no
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