While you're waiting for the bait to work, some odors repel ants, for a
while. They really seem to hate eucylptus, citrus and lavendar. I
sprinkled some essential oil on cotton balls and left them around the
windowsills they were crawling on, although an aroma diffuser might work
as well. I also sprayed a bit of lemon juice. This kept them at bay,
and it was fun to see them run for cover. But I did kill as many as I
could, though considering the numbers, that's a useless endeavor.
I've used Tero with great success. The bait is a clear heavy liquid
placed on cardboard squares. After a few hours you'll see thousands
of ants carrying the bait back to the colony. This works with "sugar"
I've had success with Raid's double control ant control baits.
Take a day or two depending on the amount of ants you have. If you
can get many to visit the station, you should see results in a day.
tom @ www.FreeCreditReportAdvice.com
I got an article the other day from someone that said Aspartame was
developed as an ant poison. Wonder if anyone has ever heard of using nutra
sweet to kill ants. Seems according to the article that it interferes with
their nervous systems.
If I find it I will post it.
On Mon, 24 Jul 2006 09:24:20 -0500, Steve broke out their crayolas and
Pharaoh Ant, sugar ant, and piss ant, are some of the common names for
what seem to be really small ants (1/16") that can invade the walls of a
house in the southern United States and can be a PIA getting rid of
them. Wipe counter spaces off with vinegar and allow to air dry to keep
them off of food preparation areas. Clean and reapply vinegar after
preping food or daily as required. Then set bait stations out "in line"
with the trails that they use. Avon's (TM) Skin-So-Soft (TM) can be
sprayed on table legs but must be reapplied weekly to be effective.
I was told by an externinator that spraying this type of ant with bug
spray applications only causes them to split the colony and spreading the
colony further. I don't state this as fact, only repeating what I was told
by someone I felt was compedent. He recognised the critters as soon as he
saw them and recomended I look them up on the "net".
Here is a couple of links that may be of interest.
With all the hot weather here and there, it may just be too dry outdoors
and they are looking for food/water. If they nest outside, you should
be able to find their entry near where you find them inside. Put some
bait outside as well as on their path inside. clean real well first,
even if it is already clean. They can smell coffee cake and butter from
miles away, and a crumb is a meal :o) Terro has always worked well for
me. Down in Florida, it never fails that if I keep a box of cookies or
coffee cake on the counter, ants will be in after them. A drop of
sugary liquid spilled on the counter will attract ants, even when it is dry.
West Coast. It's long been my habit to keep cake, coffee cake, bread in
the fridge. Most people I know, if they keep sweet stuff on hand, keep
it in the fridge. Roaches are another concern. I rarely see ants in
the house = perhaps three times in 8 years here? Trash pickup is twice
a week, everywhere here. Nobody uses paper sacks for groceries, or
keeps newspapers and paper sacks around because roaches roost in them.
They even like the glue on envelopes = there were roaches in my mailbox
last week :o)
About the same frequency I had them in the house up north, but that
seemed always to be spring. During one very dry spell = a real drought
- I saw really strange insect behavior. Couldn't have an open drink
outdoors or hornets and bees would be after it. Had breakfast at an
outdoor cafe during the drought, and small bees of some kind kept coming
at my eyes! Had to almost eat with my eyes closed. Wierd!
I'm betwewn Ft Myers and Naples. I don't have the roach thing here,
just ants. Whever I do see some "american cockroaches" AKA palmetto
bugs I toss a pack of Combat baits around and I won't see another one
for a year. I do have plenty of reptiles here that like bugs so ants
are the only real thing without a predator.
We don't mind the anoles and the occasional tree frog in the pool
It sounds like you are describing /monomorium minimum/, or the Little
Black Ant. You cannot hope to beat them, you can only hope to hold the
line. I know from experience. (I'm convinced that the entirety of North
America is just one large ant colony...guess I saw the 50s movie "Them"
too much!) These ants are looking for food and water, and when they
find it, they will come, oh yes they will. They're no fire ants, but
they are persistent as hell.
Seriously, your best bet is as follows:
(1) keep food areas clean - do not leave dirty dishes in the sink, use
a trash can with a secure lid, put food like cereals and sugars into
sealable containers, wipe your counters as you go when you cook
(2) keep wet areas such as laundry, bathroom, etc. dry as much as
possible; use exhaust fans, wipe up wet footprints from the shower and
the like, and don't leave water laying in the wash tubs or wherever
your clothes washer empties
(3) if you have pets, do not leave food in the bowls; wash bowls after
the pet(s) is/are done; keep any small quantities of dry food in
sealable containers and large quantities stored away from the rest of
the food in the house
(4) use indoor-safe barrier sprays such as those recommended in other
posts to spray door and window sills in high risk areas, spray along
kickboards of counters in kitchen and pull out your stove and 'fridge
to spray behind them as well; depending upon the potency of the
product, you may have to do this as often as once every couple months
(5) keep the area against the house clear of plants and plant debris;
cut away any branches that touch the house, and rake away dead matter
such as leaves, pine needles and the like (mulch might be OK)
(6) use outdoor high-potency barrier sprays around doors and windows
and hit any foundation cracks or other gaps in the house's integrity;
put down a 1-2 foot wide barrier of granules that the ants won't want
As others have mentioned, do not attempt to attack the ants at their
nest(s) - the holes in the ground or if you accidentally unearth part
of the colony. These bad boys panic so quickly when attacked that the
colony will split at the point of attack and you'll now have two
colonies with two queens to deal with instead of just one.
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