I'm having some problems with ants. I first noticed them about a year ago,
and I don't seem to be able to get rid of them. First, they moved into an
electric outlet in my kitchen (a very convenient place, I guess) so I
vacuumed them out and sprayed the outlet with "Ortho HighPower Home defense"
against ants and roaches. So they moved to another outlet. I cleaned that
one, too, and sprayed all other outlets in the kitchen. I also made sure
that the kitchen was cleaned up. However, the ants are still there
somewhere, they apparently just moved to some place I can no longer find
them. (they might be underneath my home)
So, what's the best way to tackle them? I'll be doing a complete remodel of
my kitchen in a couple of months, and if there were something I could spray
behind and underneath the cabinets before putting them back, that could
probably help tremendously.
I had a lot of little black ants in my kitchen. A couple of weeks ago
I found Terro at the local Lowe's, I put some in the kitchen (next to
the North wall where they seemed to be entering), for the next few
days there were a lot more ants (especially around the Terro), Now
there are very few.
Yep works like a charm. Of course don't panic when you first use Terro and
a zillion ants begin to take it back to their hive. Just keep adding more.
It's amazing how fact they can remove it. After a few days they suddenly
disappear. I put a strip of masking tape down and put a few drops of Terro
I'll go to Loews tomorrow and buy some Terro. I understand that
a good poison is one that doesn't kill the ants immediately, but let
them poison the queen. I had to know what people had success
Thanks for all who replied.
What kind of ants? Big black ones or small ones? Big black ones could be
carpenter ants that nest in wood structures and can damage house. Little
ones are attracted to food, crumbs, water, etc.
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The secret to killing ants is to get their mound. There are granules that
you can buy that you spread around, and they take them back to the mound.
I used to take a small amount of ground corn flakes and spray them with
Malthion. Mix them up with a good bit of regular corn flakes. Crush them
to make them easy for an ant to carry.
Then, Diazanon came out with granules. The last one I used had a bag with a
screen in the top. You would just walk around and let the granules fall out
of the screen. Mostly around foundations, walkways, piles of junk, etc.
They worked just as good, and less work.
Don't expect quick results, as with spraying. It might take a week or two
for them to carry enough poison to the mound to kill them all. Good thing
is that the mound won't be immediately occupied by the next group of housing
challenged ants, as there will be residual poison in there.
Killing ants is no problem, but you want to get the mound. If you don't get
the mound and the queen, you are just farting in a stiff breeze.
:) The secret to killing ants is to get their mound. There are granules that
:) you can buy that you spread around, and they take them back to the mound.
If they are mounding ants, the ants that they sound like from his
descrition don't lve in mounds but are like little nomads.
:) So, what's the best way to tackle them? I'll be doing a complete remodel of
:) my kitchen in a couple of months, and if there were something I could spray
:) behind and underneath the cabinets before putting them back, that could
:) probably help tremendously.
Just guessing you are dealing with Odorous House Ants. They won't have
a central mound that they live in so it can be a matter of chasing them
about a bit. The amount of ants that you are seeing inside will be a
small fraction of the actual numbers in the colony so baiting will be
the easiest approach just not the quickest. As mentioned the terro bait
works well with them, just be patient. You might try looking around the
foundation of the house, especially in any leaf matter or mulch and more
so if it is getting wet. When you find the colony there will be no
mistake because they will be scattering with their larvae/eggs and pupa.
They will also often be seen traveling in line out in the open on the
side of the home in vast numbers while moving from one nest location to
That only works on sugar ants. There are plenty of ants that won't eat
sugars. Some can get very selective about what they will eat.
If you have these nasty little bastards you really need some special
effort to make them go away
I started working for company a few months ago that has a lot of
in solving building problems with the least toxic method. It was an
opener to me how many of the commonly used products contaminate our
I work on the Dear Sammi SaferBuilder column.
They use barriers like builders foil for outlets and caulk to seal up
openings. Builder's foil is similar to aluminum foil. It can be taped
openings to make things air tight.
If you can find the nest, then they've told me that they've used
water to get rid of ants. In their case, there were multiple queens,
they had to pour it for a few days in a row. Also the nest was adjacent
the house so they weren't putting water on their foundation.
Another time, when the nest was under the house, the used baits. They
borate (boric acid) based baits since they are generally effective and
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