I have a lot of gopher trails killing the grass and a lot of ants working
their way inside the house. I have been using the terro on the ants. It
attracts them, they take it (and eat it?), but when to they finally give up
I tried some gopher pellets on the gophers. Carefully cutting open a tunnel
and scooping the pellets inside. They seem to be eating them by the crumb
trails and missing pellets, but when does it take affect?
I'm starting to feel like I'm just feeding the enemies. Is there any proven
by use products to terminate both of these things without contaminating the
ground water tables or what?
I re-cover the hole after inserting the poison for the gophers. The tunnel
looks "refreshed" a few days later and the only thing left are crumbs when I
pull the slit open that I made. Carpenter ants, how can one tell? They
sure do go for scraps on the kitchen floor. I couldn't tell you what a
carpenter ant looks like unless they come wearing big overalls, hard hats,
and safety glasses. I have a feeling it's not that easy though. How can
one tell if they are carpenter ants?
Oh God you had me scared for a while. These are little brown ones like I
see outside, maybe an 1/8 inch long or so. I have been giving them the
terro treatment for a couple of weeks. I thought they were gone, then they
came back. I had a fear that they may have built up a tolerance to the
poison. I guess I will keep it up and see what happens. It's just funny
that I have never seen ants this active when the weather starts to get cold
like here in Minnesota. Maybe it's a winter vacation haven for them?
For the ants, you could get some Raid Ant & Roach spray and find out where
the ants come into the house and just spray a little where they walk. They
won't go there anymore. If they find another place, spray a little bit
About the gophers, get one of those lawn things that spin in the wind --
maybe one of those ducks with the spinning wings, or the windmill. These
are mounted on a pole and stick into the ground. The spinning of the wings,
or the wheel, radiates sound down into the ground and the gophers don't like
this and stay away. My Dad made these things for the neighbors when he
retired. I recall asking him who would want such a thing in their yard, and
he told me about the gopher deterrence.
Now that you mention it, we used to have some spinning wheels on sticks in
the garden. More or less for decoration I thought, from my mother. Ever
since they got old and I took them down, I have noticed the gopher problem.
I suppose a subterranean animal that depends on sound rather than sight in
the world really hates it when something interferes with that.
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