:) Hey guys. Just recently moved into a place. We have sugar ants crawling all
:) over the place. The garage, dinning area, kitchen, and living room. I
:) realize they are attracted to food, drinks, etc, and since we've moved in
You might try the combat bait stations or terro gel...or both. Soak the discs
in warm water for a second to moisten the bait. children will not be able to
open the discs to get to the bait and the toxicity will be lower than borate
mixtures. The terro would be placed in cracks and crevices and corners where
the ants may run inside.
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
If you have some territory, put a compost/midden pile in the back (close to the
neighbor you don't like). Then clean the house well. Ants are as lazy and
easily led as us, and will find the easyer softer way to food. Take the garbage
out nightly. Compost!
Get the kids to help. Get them some Venus Fly traps and pitcher plants for the
house (HD carries them).
If you are in the right climate, western fence lizards (AKA 'blue bellies') are
great ant eaters. They also seem to subvert Lyme Disease. Good pets too!
Poison is a poor excuse for bad hygene. (even the past owner's)
Getting clean is primary. Wash insides of kitchen cupboards, including
containers that may be sticky (syrup, etc). Vacuum floors, scrub
kitchen floor. Clean up pet food droppings and keep pet food in sealed
container. Peanut butter and jelly were always the culprits when my
kids were small :o) Found a yellow jacket once in the jar of jelly the
kids had left open. Ants were a springtime nuisance when they did come
around. Used to use a liquid bait - forget the name but HD carries the
same thing - that is boric acid and sugar. Place it under furniture or
appliances where the kiddies and pets can't get to it. One time used to
do it for the year. Best to place the bait in the ant's path and keep
junior away from it for a day or two.
A one-year old can spread food around in mysterious places :o) Don't
worry about what is crawling around under your slab - you don't need or
want to kill everything in the yard. Even termites have a purpose. Try
some boric acid along the front door entry - it will wash away in the
rain, keep junior from eating it although it is relatively non-toxic to
people, and put down newspaper when junior is in the high chair doing
experiments with food. Mine used to like to squoosh spaghetti and rub
it in her hair. Squooshed bananas, when dry, are harder than concrete.
You can dissuade them with cinnamon, black or cayenne pepper, or Tabasco
sauce. That's all we use. But my dad used to spray ant poison all
around the foundation of his house once a year and that took care of
most of the problem.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. - Mother Teresa
I spray around the outside perimeter of the house. I just did mine on
Saturday, and the ants are already reduced dramatically. I also use the
baits in the house, but they don't work very well without the perimeter
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