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I'm having a serious ant problem outdoors
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Tracy38    Posted 06-27-2003 at 14:20:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My family and I have recently moved into a house (built in '84) There is a pool and it has a nice grassy area as well. Pretty big cemented area. Too bad we can't enjoy any of it! There are ants on the grass, around the pool, all over the cemented area. I've never seen such a foray of ants! YUCK! We put a wooden play stucture up for my preschooler and now it's covered in ants. You have to put your feet up if you sit on the patio furniture - and god forbid you want to sit by the pool and put your feet in! What the heck do I do?? There aren't any hills in the grass that I can see and occassionally there is a bunch in a crack in the cement. I'm so confused and want to be ANT FREE!!


Hal/WA    Posted 06-28-2003 at 19:40:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are various things to try--borax mixed with sugar as a bait that they carry back to their nest, hot pepper spread around trails and commercial ant traps or sprays. I have had some luck with pouring gasoline into cracks in concrete to kill ants or at least make them leave. If you find an ant pile, gasoline or diesel or even used crankcase oil poured over the top of the pile usually does the trick.

Ants can be a real pain to deal with. Good luck!


Scott Hansen    Posted 06-27-2003 at 14:41:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I get rid of ants with dish soap. Make a strong solution and spray them. Of course, this will probably get in the pool...............
If I see a huge colony, I get out the PowerClean. It's a strong soap that Checker Auto sells for cleaning oil and grease spots. $5 a gallon. I dilute it and it kills almost on contact. It will, however, kill the grass if you get a lot on it. But at least these solutions are semi organic....


WallSal55    Posted 06-27-2003 at 14:28:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keep food away from that area. They like crumbs of anything! Also, I do spray with a nonaerosal spray, Spectracide (available at Wal-Mart, large jugs w/nozzle, usually bottom shelf. (The Ortho
sprays never worked very well for me.)
I spray when I know there will be 3 days of
clear weather, no rain. It probably won't do
much good to spray near the pool, will get wet
anyway. Spray under lawn furniture may help--they
will usually turn and go away--somewhere else.
Good Luck!


Clod    Posted 06-27-2003 at 14:26:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let me be the first to congradulate you! I like to consult on the subject of ants.. I always recommend ant motels..Because they work. I am a specialist in antology..Dont let Ludwig tell you any diffrent.


Burrhead    Posted 06-27-2003 at 16:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
We can tell him you invented the ant.


Tracy38    Posted 06-27-2003 at 15:59:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the different suggestions. We always keep food away from that area - I can't imagine what it would be like if we didn't!! I'll try the different options and let you know how it goes!


Clod    Posted 06-27-2003 at 16:41:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seems there is a variety of choices folks post for every question..I like that..OOOOOPS A CALL HERE..


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