The great ant invasion of 2008

Page 1 of 2  
I get ants every spring, no big deal. But WOW! I've never seen them totally devour every speck of Terro and still keep coming!
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Same here in St. Charles Mo, 30 miles west of St. Louis. All the rain we have had I hink drove them in the house. The neighbors have the same problem.
----- John www.cjsealing.com/help.htm DIY Driveway repair and sealing.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
OMG! I found a chocolate chip cookie in the utility closet. Covered with about a trillion ants.
Life with a 2-year-old.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Apr 23, 6:24 pm, Mitch@_._ wrote:

If you are using Terro that you bought last year, it won't work. I have found that I have to buy a fresh supply every year.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Wed, 23 Apr 2008 18:18:41 GMT, Mitch@_._ wrote:

I suspect the ones that keep coming are not eating the terro.
I haven't seen an ant that would eat sugar around my house for 5 years. Because of all the different baits I have thrown at them they don't really seem to eat anything I can find, but they are still here.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:24:35 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

That must be my problem. I put down some of the Terro baits a few days ago and am still killing ants. I threw away a coffee pot last week because there was a bunch of ants in there.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:24:35 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Terro takes a few days, but it works. Some of the ants take it back to the nest. There may even be an increase in ants when you first put it out, because it attracts them. Be patient.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
snipped-for-privacy@dog.com wrote:

When I have used it, the ants surround the drop of Terro like cattle around a cow tank.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

Those will be the same ants that cover a lump of sugar. There are lots of ants that don't eat sugar. The ones I have these days don't seem to eat anything I can determine because I make a bait with whatever I find them eating. They do leave the dog food alone now and that was my biggest problem with them.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 01:29:58 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

For those ants that dont eat sugar, this stuff works well: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/advance-375a-select-granular-ant-bait-p-39.html
I'm battling them too and they snarf this down quick.
-dickm
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Exactly! They love the stuff. They carry some back to the nest and share it, which is how it wipes out the whole colony.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:15:05 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@dog.com wrote:

They're starting to taper off, finally.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 12:49:00 GMT, Mitch@_._ wrote:

Are you planning to attend the wake? :')
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Try dry grits on the mounds in dry weather. Kills the ants and wont harm anything else.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Ants carry the dry grits into the mound. Moisture causes the grits too swell. It kills them.
Waste of a good grit!
*What's a grit?* (G)
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Mitch@_._ wrote:

I had a springtime invasion long ago - three kids who made their own snacks, imperfect housekeeping. I got a bottle of Terro - first time I had tried it. The ants were really awful - like the army ants in a movie I saw once - marching across my kitchen toward the sandwich-making counter. When I put down some Terro, near where they were coming in, it was like the general blew a whistle and sounded retreat. It was only a few minutes before they all started moving the other way. Pretty amazing. Interesting critters :o)
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Years ago, I had good results with liquid ant bait from www.gardensalive.com but this year, there are much smaller ants. And less interested in the blue liquid. Not sure what to do.
--
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 08:50:31 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"

Are they sweet-eating?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
That's likely so. They seem to like my kitchen counter.
--
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Stormin Mormon wrote:

I haven't seen Terro brand in quite a while, but have gotten the same sort of product at HD, very small bottle. Is is basic sugar and boric acid. For grease-eating ants, my bottles suggests adding a drop of cooking oil to the drop of bait. A drop of bait on a nice buttery cookie crumb works fine. Tastes vary - I think the adults avoid sugar but the kids go for it :o) Really.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Related Threads

    HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.