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Ant problem!

May 3rd, 2013 at 10:44 am

I am having a large problem with small ants here that are coming from the gardens it is costing a lot to keep them under control. Some are coming into the house which I donít want to happen as last year; I lost number electrical items because of ant nests in them. I did put ant bait down but they just go higher around outside the house. I paid few hundred dollars to have them removed last year and it didnít work for very long just enough so that the painter could paint the outside the house then wet weather came and their came back. I am due for a termite check soon but the meantime I will keep up with my surface spraying that does kill for a short time but they go higher

5 Responses to “Ant problem! ”

  1. snafu Says:

    Can you figure out where their nests are? It's very effective to pour boiling water into their nests - once located. Boric acid is an inexpensive powder bought at the pharmacy. It's often mixed with sugar for ants to take back to their nest. Where are they getting into your home? Spray or 'paint' with water/boric acid mixture repeatedly until they stop. It takes a lot of effort to overcome an ant infestation.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    We have also had ants sometimes since we moved into our house. While we were not able to totally eliminate them, we did find some things that worked to deter them. The first thing was to keep our kitchen very clean. We could not leave even a crumb of any food on the counter. All dishes had to be put in the dishwasher and washed quickly about eating. All counters had to be wiped downed several times a day with a homemade cleaner consisting of about 8 ounces of white vinegar, a squirt of dishwashing liquid, and 12 ounces of water. Those measurements are approximate. The ants do not seem to like cleaner and I think it actually kills them. The floor was swept a couple of times a day. Trash was taken out every other day. We also keep the compost piles about 15 feet from the house and take the compost out right away rather than waiting for it to collect.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We had ants in our house last year. They acted crazy. Not normal. Not marching in lines and not tending to any crumbs near them-- so not eating. Just wandering randomly. I'm thinking it was related to our drought. If we see it again this year, I might water the lawn to keep the ants happy in their normal environs.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Every spring we have ants...hate 'em!

  5. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    Very few are coming into the house that I have seen so far.

    I problem is the there are in gardens and trees when we get any rain they go up high two stories high and walk around the whole house some are coming and other are going to next house too! I think they may have one nest between the weather boards of my house that I can't get at.

    We have had rain every week since last October so they keep coming. I will go on a another hunt tomorrow for their nest but I think it's not on my property.

    I will if I have some Boric acid I think I do. I will try it.

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