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Ant problems
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JIM-IL    Posted 04-07-2003 at 06:27:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tiny ants are about to run off with my house. A week ago I bought two different brands of ant poison, neither of which have had any effect on the little critters. They don't even go near the poison. What else can I try?

Old Sarge    Posted 04-07-2003 at 11:02:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I dunno but Miz Sarge finds where they are coming in, grabs the pepper can , sprinkles a liberal strip (bout 1/16 " wide) accross it and they quickly depart the area. Guess they just don't like black pepper.

HHhhmmm, wonder if jalapenos would work, naw I like them too much ta waste them on a bunch of ants.

Tom A    Posted 04-07-2003 at 07:43:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is very important that you figure out which kind of ants you have: some ants eat only sweets, others only oils. Once you know that, then you can mix the bait to match what your ants are eating (I mix my poison with Wesson, for example, for the oil eaters). The stuff you're using is probably targetted for the *other* kind of ants, which is why they are avoiding it: they just don't recognize it as food.

You also have to kill the queen to get rid of the ants. Fast-acting insecticides don't necessarily kill the queen unless she's close, so the ants'll keep coming back as her new eggs hatch.

We've used a fairly safe liquid killer for years. I think it is based on boric acid and is called Revenge by Terro. It is a small bottle, maybe an ounce or so. It is fairly slow acting: the ants eat it, carry it back to the colony and feed the queen with it and then they all die in about 3-5 days. It is made for sweet-eaters, but you can mix in oil for the others. You have to keep renewing it every day until they're gone.

good luck,

Tom A

PDB    Posted 04-07-2003 at 13:21:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I recommend the Terro also. I bought a small bottle over 10 years ago and still have half of it left. It only takes a pea sized drop to kill the whole colony.

ros sutton    Posted 08-26-2003 at 15:45:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have small black ants living in my large jade
plant that I moved outside for the summer.
How do I kill them without hurting the plant.

Red Dave    Posted 04-07-2003 at 06:33:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to use Dursban, but I don't think you can get it anymore. I think they reccomend Diazanon to replace it. I haven't tried it yet, don't know if it works or not.

cowgirlj    Posted 04-07-2003 at 07:28:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Diazanon works very well. Be careful where you place it if you have pets and children.
Are they sugar ants? Or do you know what type they are yet?
Good Luck.

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