If you want something absolutely nontoxic, putting pepper (black, white,
or cayenne) or cinnamon around their trails will leave them confused,
and they will leave. You can then vacuum up the pepper or cinnamon
On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 00:57:19 -0700, Samantha Hill - remove TRASH to
As strange as it may be, ants dislike lime and that can be heavily
sprinkled around the house foundation. Kids' "sidewalk chalk" can be
used to draw lines where you want to discourage ants from crossing. Of
course, this is not a good idea if you have acid-loving plants. I use
boric acid for both ants and cock roaches--cheap, low toxicity, no
smell, and inexpensive. There is a canister of fine blue powder
called "Roach Proof" (boric acid) where you can dust the power across
thresholds, baseboards, cabinets, etc.
We used the cinnamon idea quite successfully for years of medieval camping
(canvas tent, no floor) and it kept out most critters while making the tent
smell good. You can use the stuff from the dollar store.
You're not killing the ants with ammonia. You're drowning them with
liquid. A spray bottle of water will have the same effect.
Same way ammonia kills you.
Clean your house. Get rid of any exposed food or put it in sealed
containers. Vacuum up crumbs. Take kitchen scraps and plate scrapings
straight to the trash barrel outside. The ants are there because
there's food. Remove the food, and the ants will not have a reason to
be there, and they will go away.
Kill any stragglers with REAL ant killer. RAID.
Boric Acid is real cheap. Any hardware store will have it.
I had a friend who lived in Hollywood and she had a cochroach problem
that was insane. I was afraid to go in her apartment. I bought some
boric acid and applied it. A couple of days later she called to tell
me the roaches were still there and they seemed to be even bolder. I
went over a day or two later and then she told me they were starting
to die. What she thought was boldness was actually the roaches walking
around dazed and dying. I sat in her apartment and you could hear them
falling from the walls and hitting the floor, tic tic tic tic... She
was having troubles keeping up with the corpses, she was sweeping up
She was not really a dirty person, she lived in Hollywood.
On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:20:48 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You're all a bunch of bloomin idiots!
You can't kill the invincible Argentine ant where I come from here in
California with Terro or boric acid or arsenic or anything else.
What brings these ants in and out of your house is the weather.
If you think Terro or boric acid is going to change the weather, then by
all means, have a blast. But you're wasting your time and effort.
Says so right here:
The Argentine ant has multiple queens and the workers can go to any nest,
so, you can't kill 'em off just by dissolving 1 teaspoon (5 mL) powdered
boric acid and 10 teaspoons (50 mL) sugar into 2 cups (500 mL) of water;
this mixture can then be absorbed into cotton balls which are left near ant
Vinegar works beautifully to destroy the "scent" or whatever is attracting them
at their point of entry, but it won't kill the ants. Put full strength white
vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the cracks and scented line they all follow
in single file at their point of entry.
Then spray the surrounding cracks and areas around it, both inside and out..
They disappear quickly if vinegar is sprayed in this way. So much better than
toxic chemicals and cheap. I'm unsure if this works in large populations of
ants. Mine have not returned either.
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