Attack of the Ants?

Requesting some recommendations for do-it-yourself adhesives, sprays etc. to combat copious ants in a new house.
Thanks, Kedar
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The only thing I have found is Terro. I have seen some new ant baits by Terro but haven't used them. I've only used the kind that you squeeze a dollop on a piece of cardboard and the ants eat it and take it back to the nest.
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I've had great success with both the old liquid Terro that comes in the bottle and the new pre-filled bait stations which are clear plastic capsules that you cut open with scissors. Actually, what I did was pour out some of the contents of the capsule on the ground so I was using it like the old stuff. In my case I got a massive swarm of ants for a few days as they eat up the poison and a week or two later they're all gone and stay gone for months (years actually).
Terro liquid and killer is just a sweet sugary syrup with borax in it - just like the homemade recipe described in another post. They claim it's harmless to pets and humans.
-Jonathan
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On 05 Sep 2007 08:11:01 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@sonic.net (Pond Scum) wrote:

That's all great until you run into ants that are a little more selective about what they eat and have evolved to stop eating things that kill them. I have trained the ants around my house to stop eating just about everything I bait them with but they still come. I haven't seen a sugar eating ant in years.
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On Tue, 04 Sep 2007 22:59:31 +0000, Kedar Mhaswade wrote:

Look for insecticide with permethrin. Mix according to directions and spray foundation exterior. There are also granulated insecticides you can spread around the building. I have done a 3-4' border.
One thing to consider is your landscaping. Organic material attracts insects. Shredded bark is akin to a red carpet for ants, earwigs and others.
One caveat about insecticides is to consider affect on songbirds.
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On Tue, 04 Sep 2007 22:59:31 -0000, Kedar Mhaswade

Mix up a batch of bait. One teaspoon boric acid, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and just enough water to make a syrupy paste. Mix well and place onto small cardboard squares. If these are grease ants, use peanut butter instead of the sugar. Your ant colony will die in 5-10 days, including the queen!
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New house meaning newly constructed, or used house you just bought?
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malithion on your yard and foundation,, terro bait on the inside..feedem till they quit comming.
http://www.minibite.com/america/malone.htm
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

That sounds like overkill to me. No need to treat a yard, as the ants belong there. Terro or similar formulas have always worked well for me.
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wrote:

The guy's spelling alone is enough reason to doubt anything he recommends.
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Kedar Mhaswade wrote:

Ever think of getting a pet Giant Anteater. It big enough to scare the hell out of your neighbors and eat a lot of ants.
http://nature.ca/notebooks/english/giantant.htm
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Log on to www.gardensalive.com and buy liquid ant bait. Use as directed. I did, and after years of having carpenter ants, I no longer have them.
I like to put a little of the liquid in bottle caps, and leave it out for the ants. Let the ants drink as much as they want.
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