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Pet-safe way to deal with little black ants?
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Vanessa    Posted 06-15-2002 at 06:47:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wholeheartedly endorse the borax/sugar method and use it on the counter above the floor. However, as my email address indicates, we have 4 dachsie dogs who rule the roost and therefore, borax is not a solution as the ants are coming in along the carpet/baseboard on dachsie level. Dachsies eat anything that doesn't eat them first regardless of the smell.

Any pet safe suggestions?

Please respond directly to my email address.

Have a good weekend.



Dan Tx    Posted 06-15-2002 at 13:42:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been in the pest control business for 39 years. Baits are the way to go to control your ant problem. Your post seems to imply that professional products are not safe. This is not true if they are used properly, no different than driving a car. Almost all of the problems with pesticides have come from misuse by untrained applicators. It is sad that do it yourselfers do not read and educate themselves before applying insecticides. READ AND FOLLOW THE LABEL. This is the real reason the tools of my trade are becoming so limited. It is a verified fact that 99% of the deaths from insecticides in this country are either homicides or suicides. Just use common sense and you won't hurt your pets. We never have had that proplem. Sorry to sound defensive but that perception touches a nerve with me.

WallSal55    Posted 06-15-2002 at 10:33:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salt Shaker, but ASK VET FIRST if table salt
will harm pets. Ants just seem to go back where
they came from with table salt. Good Luck.

Mudcat49    Posted 06-15-2002 at 08:35:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reminds me of the story of the city boy visiting his country cousin. Country boy told his cousin "Look there is a pi$$ ant, stomp on it"
The next week at home the city boy was in the park with his girl and spotted a pi$$ ant. He told her, "look there is a stomp ant, pi$$ on it!"

BOSS    Posted 06-15-2002 at 06:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father-in-law uses regular dishsoap, pours alittle line of it where the ants are coming from, and it seems to stop them, sometimes he mixes it with water and puts it in a spray bottle and sprays the areas. It works.

Dick Hayhurst    Posted 06-25-2002 at 23:43:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Babies talcum powder works a treat, dosn't kill 'em, they just don't like walking on it.

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