My huge mulberry tree did not fruit this year. As a result about a billon
hungry little black sugar ants that used to feed on the fallen berries came
into my house searching for food. These little black ants with banded
abdomens that smell like citronella when crushed are cunning. They travel
long distances upside down and sideways, making it almost impossible to
track their entry points. I tried a lot of commercial stuff without
Then, reading through old posts I saw that Norminn and some others
recommended Terro. I was out looking for a replacement toilet seat that
mysteriously cracked last night. At least two things a day break down
around here. Anyway, I got a pack of 9 traps from TruValue (about $5) and
set three out where I had been seeing the occasional ant.
Four hours later two of the traps were filled with ants and a huge parade
was leading to each trap. I could see them, lined up like little cows at a
cattle trough, sucking the clear poison until their abdomens were swollen.
When one left the "feed line" another moved right in to take it's place.
It was "Ant Crack." They walked through the Combat traps and ignored the
Raid bait. But they couldn't get enough Terro. They were climbing all over
themselves to get at it. This morning, only a few stragglers remain.
Hopefully, this will put an end to them.
Good tip, Norminn (and many others, going back to 2000).
FWIW, in today's NYT there's an article about a woman who poisoned herself
to death trying to rid her house of bedbugs:
<<When Lilah Gray started getting bitten by bedbugs, all she could think of
was getting rid of them. Her husband sprayed and saturated their double-wide
trailer home in Rocky Mount, N.C., with pesticides. But convinced that she
could still feel the bugs crawling on her, Ms. Gray soaked a napkin with Hot
Shot Bedbug and Flea Killer and applied it directly to her chest, then
soaked her hair in pesticide and put a plastic bag over it.>>
Well, there's no accounting for stone cold crazy. Don't we have posters
here from Rocky Mount?