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.
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
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.
On 05 Sep 2007 08:11:01 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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
One caveat about insecticides is to consider affect on songbirds.
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!
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.
They love to send new catalogs, and they love to send coupons. So, buy
gently the first order, and wait for the coupons.
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