OT how to remove Carpenter Ants and not kill my Geckos

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in my flower gardens around my house, I have an abundance of lizards and geckos. I have noticed that I have carpenter ants crawling up my house. how do I rid the ants and keeps the rest of the desirable creatures.
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-> hello, -> -> in my flower gardens around my house, I have an abundance of lizards and -> geckos. I have noticed that I have carpenter ants crawling up my house. how -> do I rid the ants and keeps the rest of the desirable creatures.
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Trim back any and all branches which come into contact with the house. Do a complete investigation around the perimeter of the foundation and seal up anything which an ant can fit through. Try to follow the ant line back to their nest. Chances are they are living in a tree nearby, and using your house as a satellite nest. You can put ant bait in the attic and dust everything with horticultural D.E. so when the ants walk through it, they will become desiccated.
Carpenter ants are more a nuisance than a problem, but you should do something about it or you will have them crawling on you in your bed! You may want to call a certified organic pest control company. Here in Texas we have a few which only use certified organic methods to kill pests. They are fully aware of lizards and geckos and take every precaution to prevent harming the beneficial biota.
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I've read about DE but never used it or even seen it. It won't harm or scratch up the lizards? Between the ants and the roaches (now that I'm back in Houston) I'm also looking for an organic remedy that actually works.
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Horticultural Diatomaceous Earth is sold at Lowes and Home Depot. Gone are the days when this is unavailable. It is a desscicant which only works on exoskeletons, not on lizards or the like.

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The ants are what is bringing in the lizards and geckos.
On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 04:34:24 GMT, "hello"

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On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 04:34:24 GMT, "hello"
:) in my flower gardens around my house, I have an abundance of lizards and :) geckos. I have noticed that I have carpenter ants crawling up my house. how :) do I rid the ants and keeps the rest of the desirable creatures.
If you were to regularly treat around the perimeter of your home, you would see no change in your gecko and lizard population, though that sort of treatment probably wouldn't stop your ants. Be sure they are carp ants. There are a number of ants that will have similar habits of carp ants so there may be a different tactic for what might be done for carp ants. The easiest process to do on your own would be to find at a pest control supply house, or over the web, either Advance Carp Ant Bait or Maxforce Carp Ant gel. For the most part carp ants won't feed on bait, but since these two came on the market I have yet to hear of them not working. The baits would be a more selective way of treatment without bothering other insects/ animals. You might try making your own boric acid or borax type bait and if they accept it then it should help. If you hired a pro they would have the proper tools to inject products into the nest itself if found and not have to treat elsewhere. Also, there is now a treatment, it would once again have to be applied by a pro, that is used around the foundation and where ants are trailing, that will keep all species of ants out of the home for up to a year. Make sure all tree limbs and hedges are not touching the house. It really makes a difference on ant activity seen on the home. Make sure you don't have water damaged wood that they can be nesting in. Depending on what part of the country you are in, the ants can be more of a nuscience that an actual worry to the structure, uless you are trying to refinance or sell the home though, they would have to be treated.
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