Ants

For what it's worth, ordinary cinnamon does a great job of foiling ants. We had tried several things without success. Sprinkling cinnamon powder on the door sills and other points of entry was 100% effective. It doesn't kill them. They just don't like cinnamon so they won't go through it.. (Come to think of it, I don't like it much either.) ds
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For in the home we use Orange Glo, wood polish and cleaner. Comes in a spray bottle. Look for it at your grocery store. Works like a charm, kills the ants and keeps them away. After spraying leave for a while then lightly wipe up excess. Much better than spraying poisons inside.
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com says... :) Works like a charm, kills the :) ants and keeps them away. After spraying leave for a while then lightly wipe :) up excess. Much better than spraying poisons inside. :) :) If it kills them...doesn't that make it sort of a poison?
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says...

He's not poisoning them. He's drowning them.
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Paul O. wrote:

I use window cleaner (e.g. Windex) the same way. For when you come home and there are ants all over the dog food bowl or something. Kills the ants quickly. Doesn't do anything to get rid of them permanently but it does seem less toxic than spraying Raid or other ant killer product in the kitchen. -- H
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heathcliff snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com says... :) Doesn't do anything to get rid of them permanently :) but it does seem less toxic than spraying Raid or other ant killer :) product in the kitchen. -- H :) :)
Actually they both show to have an LD50 for rats greater than 5000...so they are about the same in toxicity. More toxic than most of the baits used in ant control, less toxic than table salt. http://www.drackett.com/msds/raidcominsect.htm http://www.drackett.com/msds/windexpowerready.htm
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All these poison and ant remediation ideas are well and good, but if you intend to hire professional pest control specialists, don't use these temporary remedies. They simply disperse nests and make the ants harder to eradicate.
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I've had good results with liquid ant bait.
Purchase at www.gardensalive.com
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Is there a treatment to rid the wall of carpenter ants?
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Lots of info on the web about this stuff...
Check out this persons site. Has links to different types of ants etc.
http://www.factsfacts.com/MyHomeRepair/bugs.htm
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I tried this the other day and it had no effect at all. Where do people come up with this stuff?
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Cinnamon sounds like a mellofahess to me.
I sprayed a band around the house to keep them out and vacuumed the stragglers inside for some time. Then I got smart and started to inspect around the base to see where they were coming in and it never varied. Now I just slightly spray that area outside whenever I see the first scouts inside. This has worked for several years and I now get scouts only zero or once a year. Not necessary to spray or lay down stuff inside at all and the outside spray is negligible.

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