I've got major ant problem in my kitchen. I've already posted the
I'd really appreciate it if someone could read the message I've
posted, and give me some specific advice.
I treat around the outside of the house as well as inside and try to
close openings where possible. It only takes a trace of grease or
sweets to attract ants. Last year, I was putting a mix of boric acid
and peanut butter outside and the ants loved it. Hopefully they took to
nest to kill queen.
Don't know where you are at but Diazinone worked well but damn EPA now
I try to spray completely around the house perimeter every year. My neighbor
gave me a bucket of dichotomous earth, and I sprinkled that around
also. I still had ants late in the year, and I see 1-2 a week now in the house.
I was also spraying up the brick wall where they were going in late summer.
I should spray some Chlordane I have, cause I can only keep it
in a container, since nobody will take it.
I've done everything short of hiring an exterminator. There are
materials only available to professionals but even then, after you hire
one, you'll need periodic return visits and it's not cheap.
I keep the ants at bay but don't get rid of them completely. Also think
it is a good idea to treat house perimeter for other bugs. There was a
year that I was seeing termites in nearby wood and they hit neighbor but
not me. He spent the thousands necessary to exterminate the nest.
For op, there are different ant species and different treatments. You
may want to identify them.
I can't remember the exact recipie for the solution but
make a strong borax & water solution. Soak some cotton balls in it.
Then let the cotton balls dry a bit. Put them in the area where you
the ants. They drink and carry it back to the nest and die there.
We've used it and it worked great.
Might try looking on google for borax and ant's.
Get some boric acid from your local drug store or some borax detergent.
About a handful and about a teaspoon of boric acid. Mix well for a
long time on the full of the moon. Place in your basement in your
choice of old glass ware high as possible on all four sides of your
dwelling. This potion will work outside if you place some under a rock
near a nest on a full moon. Remember ants cleanup after folks that
discard stuff about. First think carpenter ants (WAR) or (sugar ants)
just cleaning up.
Full moon stuff is nonsense just cheap thrills.
Baby powder can be used inside the home to mask trails and suffocate ants.
Flour dumped over a nest results in the nest becoming empty. Don't know if it
kills the ants or just makes them move.
Uncooked grits dumped over a nest are mistaken for ant eggs and carried into the
nest. The grits swell when the rain reaches them and block air tunnels, killing
Wood ash, from your fireplace, spread over the nest, kills the nest with the
next rain. Do not use wood ash where pets, children or livestock can reach.
Wet wood ash is lye.
In a previous post which I can not find I wrote about a cup to 1
teaspoon of boric acid. Not stating that the cup was sugar. Gees!!
Anyway oil of pennyroyal with drive the critters out. OK in a basement
but not living areas as the smell is pleasant but soon becomes cloying.
Also don't ingest or get it on you. I apply when I seen Ant sign
otherwise the Boric Acid bait prevents infestation. Also have a spray
X10 prethium based for first interlopers. Having your house up a few
blocks seems to discourage ants and termites but YMMV.
Yet another mIstake. Forget X10 go 1600 x-clude
Only insecticide I'll use in my house rarely. My dad used to paint
the sill of our house with cresote. O-cresol yikes.
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