I been fighting sweet ants, those little ones, in my kitchen for
years, trying spraying and Tat and Ortho and baits with no luck, this
year they are real, real bad getting everywhere as when they lay their
scent they all seem to come back forever. I mean my cubbords, re
sealed cereal boxes, my table, chair counters, me in my chair ect.
Yesterday I got Grants baits and Combat baits and put them both out at
maybe 5pm, I had both brands next to each other and noticed at 6pm a
feeding frenzy on the Combat bait, I checked both boxes for active
ingrediant and both are the same so I guess they like the attractant
in Combat better, and they were still feeding at 11pm which is rare as
I always remembered at night they hibernated. Well today for the first
time in years NO ANTS. A relief. You guys know me, and I dont work or
sell for Combat, this stuff worked and im real suprised and happpy.
Now I have to do the Mice somehow. Now I can take my cereal out of the
Don't celebrate yet :-(
That doesn't sound like enough time to completely kill
the entire colony. At least, it usually takes me several
days or maybe a week once I've found a suitably
delicious bait. Torro generally works best for me but
that depends on species, climate, other food sources,
And, whatever you do, don't put away those bait traps
yet. Leave them out -- chances are you will see more
visitors before you can declare victory.
All this in my not insignificant experience with the
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Torro always did a great job up north (FLorida not as easy). Don't need
to worry about entire colonies, just those that forage in the house. A
little dab of bait alongside their trail is very effective.
We had that problem (they even got *inside* the molasses bottles) the first
couple of years we were in this house (new construction). I spread ant
killer, outside, twice a year for two years, then once a year. No problems.
Nope. That's the active ingredient in Terro nowadays. Used to be
arsenic, which worked really well, but they switched to boric acid
years back and it apparently works just as well or nearly as well as
the arsenic did.
I have the little bastards infiltrating our dishwasher, even when it's
*closed*, and the dishwasher and sink are in an island in the middle of the
kitchen, smack in the middle of a very large concrete slab, surrounded on all
sides by ceramic tile. And they're not getting to the island *over* the tile;
they're following some subterranean path. Finding and eliminating (or baiting)
their path of entry is virtually impossible unless I remove the island (or the
flooring inside)... not fun.
Im so alergic to cats if I go in a house with cats I know in usualy 30
minutes, i would need adrenalin if I lived with a cat i get so sick.
So cats hate me and I hate cats. My dogs are to old to care about
mice. Maybe a Rat Terrier, or a 12 ga.
On Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:51:23 -0400, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
The problem with any predator scheme is that they are genetically
predisposed not to kill all of them so the prey always has the
critical mass to reproduce.
We always hear about Touser the wonder cat before these conversations
are over but the thing to remember is he never ran out of rats to
If you want "wild kingdom" in your home with mutilated rodent bodies
all over, by all means get a cat. If you really want to get rid of
rodents, fix your perimeter problems and trap out all that are inside.
Then work on the outside to make it less habitable for rodents. First
thing ... stop feeding them.
Spend hundreds of dollars and screw up my body chemistry just so I can
have an expensive and smelly shit-producing predator sharing my roof?
Yeah, that makes a whole bunch of sense. Any competent allergist will
tell you- the best cure for allergies, when possible, is to simply avoid
the trigger substance.
Standard disclaimer- I <like> cats. Next to 18-25 year old human
females, they are my favorite living thing to watch.
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