The other response suggesting to poison them with poisoned bait makes
sense to me.
In addition, I would not have any unsealed food or crumbs in that
Beyond that, I suspect a plastic item made of polyethylene (one variety
of which has recycling symbol of 2 in that triangle of 3 curved arrows),
smeared with mineral oil, will probably be unclimbable by insects. Maybe
put that on some sort of lid or tray to hold any oil running down.
Maybe better still, put the breadbox on something in a tray that has
mineral oil maybe 1/8 or 1/4 inch deep. I doubt insects can walk over or
swim though that.
But back to earlier - I would avoid having anything yummy-smelling
in any way where ants can smell the odor if they come around to explore
Possible trap for insects and other similarly small critters, known to
work for slugs:
A small tray or deepish lid filled with beer or wine. Critters come in
for a drink, and drink themselves to death. Sometimes they decide to
take a swim in it, and alcohol is absorbed through their skins to an
extent that kills them in a few minutes.
Beware - the alcohol may evaporate enough to make the brew non-lethal
in a day or so or less, though a few critters (especially slugs) will swim
into beer a couple to a few days old and not come out alive.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
We've been keeping ants away with Hot Shot Liquid Ant Bait. You want
to get them to take poison back to nest to kill colony otherwise if
you keep them away from one food item they'll be foraging around for
Also a good idea to treat house foundation outside.
I would check the nearest door and windows, and foundation cracks.
Seems this is nest-building time, and food on a countertop definitely
draws ants. An air-tight container for bread would help. Easiest fix
is to use a few drops of boric acid ant bait near the bread container.
In Florida, most people I know keep bread and cakes in the fridge
because ants are persistent year-around. Just treated a column of ants
in our atrium, as they were marching in the direction of my kitchen :o)
Most hardware stores have liquid ant bait, like Terro, which has
always worked well for me.
I've had the best luck for getting rid of *all* insects with sticky insect
traps, fly strips, sticky mouse traps, etc.
I'll put the sticky fly strips down low in corners and they catch all sorts
of crawling insectsm spiders, etc. Up high and flying insects, especially
near outside lights.
The best time is right now - Spring. Place them all around the house inside
and out, up and down. Then the insects you catch will not be able to
reproduce, thus exponentially fewer insects around in the summer/fall.
The only problem with these is the wind can blow them against your outside
walls, then the sticky stuff will get all over the wall and it is hard to
get off. They dry out soon if in the direct sun. And don't put any low if
you have curious dogs or you will be pulling sticky stuff of their mouth!
"Nate Nagel" wrote in message
You could hang it from the ceiling on greased monofilament.
"Clean" is a relative term.
Insects are like water leaks; where you see them is not necessarily
where they're coming from (or going).
Ants are not the dominant species on this planet for nothing.
Generally, by the time a homeowner sees ants, they've been around for
some time, and perhaps a colony has grown so large relative to the
available food supply (or is experiencing other "stress") that the
As a former PCO treating for ants I would use (1) Talstar, or (2)
Tempo (WP or SC), and maybe Delta Dust, all available to homeowners
(In the late '90s) I would shoot your kitchen for about $60, w/o
warranty, or your entire structure (or whatever part of the structure
is yours) for about $240 with a 6 month re-treat warranty that you
won't see ants anywhere inside 30 days after treatment.
Often if not usually there is access to squirt under cabinets above
the kick plate.
Just because you don't see ants is no evidence they are not where you
can't see them, which is why I am not a disciple of "baiting".
On Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:24:44 -0400, " email@example.com"
That all assumes you have ants that eat sugar. I haven't seen a sugar
ant around here in 20 years. The first dose of Terro (and Amdro)
killed all of them but they were quickly replaced by ants that ate
Florida may be a worst case place for ants (12 month season) but I
have been fighting them for 25 years. I have certainly thinned them
out and made them very picky eaters but I have never really got rid of
them. It is amazing how quickly they figure out how to get around a
perimeter scheme. I thought I had them whipped with a regulated spray
(applied by a pro). Then they were back. I found one twig from a tree
leaning against the house and it was like an ant interstate highway.
Ants are tough. You know that after a hurricane and you see 100,000
fire ants forming a big raft and floating on the flood water.
I'd suggest a big tray of Clorox bleach, they are unlikely
to be able to traverse that.
If you would like some advice on killing ants and ant
colonies, I'd be happy to share what worked for me. But, you
Spray any nearby window/trim crevaces with Raid ant and roach spray,
it works great for me every spring. I see the ants in early spring,
after spraying I see numerous dead ants for a couple days, then no
more ants at all. The ants like to walk crevaces near trim so hit
crevace between cabinets and wall too or any passages within
cabinets. Also do outside house perimeter.
I've successfully stopped ants from coming into my kitchen by making
an unbroken line of liquid dish soap around the perimeter. Dish soap
cheap, alkaline/basic, and ants are acidic. Drop a bit on an ant
sometime, it'll kill 'em dead. Bonus is that it also cleans up
the scent trail is that they've left behind Apologies for my highly
scientific language there, heh.
You might be drowning beneficial critters, like earthworms. Not that it
matters :o) U of Florida has a test for mole crickets (ugly!) by
pouring a couple of gallons of soapy solution on a small area of sod.
The mole crickets are supposed to surface because they are drowning and
struggling for air. Well, lots of other things surface, too. The
things you discover doing lawn care for a condo! :o)
A few drops of Terro take care of my ants for the year and don't kill
anything else....there are lots of critters that are pests only when
they come indoors. I don't like killing more than I must. Ants help
An old RVer trick is to sprinkle Comet or Ajax cleanser (or whatever brand
you have) around the trailer jack and/or wheels. Supposedly the ants won't
cross it. I've had mixed results but a light dusting might at least reduce
the ant problem and it's likely you already have some cleanser on hand.
I've also had good results by spraying Black Flag or Raid along the
baseboards and counters etc but I always remove the dog food and water first
and never spray near where the dogs eat. The bug spray seems to be good for
about two weeks or so.
You can create a moderately effective barrier with some Windex.
However, chances are the ants will only redeploy to other
sources of food and/or water.
Watch them, find a trail and put down some bait in order
to destroy their nest.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
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