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Oh no! Ants!
May 26, 2010
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Miss Judy
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What do you do to get rid of ants? I have tried vinegar, bay leaves, cinnamon, and colves. I tried all of them separate and when that didn’t work I soaked all of them and made a spray and spritzed  down the counters. That didn’t work either. I do not like the pests grrr. Any suggestions?

May 26, 2010
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Miss Judy.  Here is a site for your ant problem: tipnut.com/ant-killer.  This is a really good go to for tips of all kinds.  Hope you can find something to help get rid of the pesky little things.  If you have an outdoor ant problem sprinkle dry grits on their trail.  They take it back to the hive, eat it and it apparently swells them up when they drink.  Presto – the ants are gone.  From that spot anyway!.

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May 26, 2010
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If I find the nest…I pour boiling water in it.

But I have to admit, I don’t like pesticides either, but for ants and other crawlers, I spray around our home.

Simply because I hate them.

May 26, 2010
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Not to be discouraging, because there is bound to be something I haven’t tried that works just fine, but for indoors, I use the commercial ant baits.  Everything else I’ve tried over the years has failed – and of course the problem gets progressively worse while I am trying different things.

Outside, the grits (or cornmeal) approach really does work.  I’ve even used grits inside hoping that they will take them back to their hive, but give up after a while and get out the baits to get rid of them inside.

Please, please!  Somebody tell us of a good way of dealing with these pests without the use of chemicals and other things I’d rather not have in my house!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

May 26, 2010
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There is a program on TV called “Billy the Exterminator” and on one episode he had to respond to an ant infestation. (hope I’m not breaking any copyright laws here)  He doesn’t like to use toxic supplies and I thought he said he was spraying a mixture of dish detergent and water on the anthills. It is supposed to do something to their exoskeleton and then they die. Sounded just too simple but I grabbed a spray bottle, poured a little dish detergent in with some water and waged war on the army of ants that were invading my home. ALL of them died! Of course more came in behind them when I quit spraying so I will have to track down the offending anthill.  (we only have zillions to choose from…LOL) Hope this helps.

May 27, 2010
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Ants will not cross a chalk line!  Don’t know why, so try marking chalk around their entry point.  (They don’t like talcum powder either…)

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May 27, 2010
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Ant ‘Dessert’ —  that’s what we call it at our house.  It’s essentially a homemade version of Terro ant killer.

Heat one cup sugar with 1 cup water, stirring until sugar is dissolved, making a syrup.  Stir in one tablespoon borax powder.  When borax is dissolved, set aside to cool.  Put small amounts in easy access containers — milk jug lids, jar lids, etc. — where ants are present.  Refill as needed and do not disturb or kill the ants that come and go no matter how much they annoy you or give you the creeps.  You’ll continue to see ants for a day or two and you might get lots more. 

If the ants show no interest in the syrup, they’re probably the type my mother-in-law calls ‘grease ants’.  Mix a proportional amount of borax with Velveeta cheese and leave bits for the ants on or near their trails or gathering areas.  It worked really well on her ‘grease ants’ in northern Florida.  

 

May 27, 2010
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Good methods to try!  Thank you everyone!!  Have long suspected that the commercial stuff contains things which work on a bunch of different types of critters, so we really only have to discover what works on the type of ants we have in/near our own homes to make up an effective counter measure.

 

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

May 27, 2010
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I have read this but haven’t tried it yet, DE (Diatomaceous Earth) sprinkled around any entry ways or ant trails, and around a nest as well. Supposedly the DE destroys the exoskeleton of the ants.  No idea how effective it really is though, but at least DE isn’t the least bit poisonous for any other animals or household pets that might ingest it so I suppose there might be a reason to try this.  I think it could even be mixed into sweet mixture or the velveta too.  I think it takes longer to kill the ants though so yes, less effective in a way.

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May 27, 2010
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I could be wrong (Gosh, ya think! :D) but I don’t think I’d bother mixing the DE with velveta. It’s supposed to scratch the ants shells and that is how they dry out. I don’t know if having them eat it would make a difference. I want to try some but all I can find around here is something they somehow used for pool filters, which is too fine for ant (and flea) killing. You need the gardening type that comes in wee teeny cute packages that cost an arm and a leg. Anybody have a good source? Even Mr. Agway says all they offer is the pool variety.

The herb tansy is supposed to be good for ants. Every year in the spring right after Easter, I’d scrub my kitchen counters and floors with vinegar, sprinkle a little ground red pepper along the back of the counter tops (let the vinegar dry first or you will have a lovely pink line all along your backsplash that you can’t get out, ask me how I know this) and then I’d lay the fresh tansy leaves over it and let them dry there.

Tansy keeps all kinds of pests away. The colonials used to hang little bunches in their open windows to discourage flies. Unfortunately when I went to look for mine this year I couldn’t find it. All the herb books caution that it becomes weedy but I’ve been nuturing one piddling plant for ten years and the thing hasn’t spread one iota. This year I guess it just gave up the ghost. Probably tired of competing with the censored jerusalem artichokes.

Another word of caution. Be careful with all these things. Even though they are natural, it doesn’t mean they are not harmful. Many years ago one of my kitties burnt her eye on the red pepper that I had put around the base boards on the floor. That’s why it now goes up on the counter to the back so even if the naughty things jump up there, the red pepper is well hidden by all the junk I have on my counters. Two, count them, two crocks full of rubber spatulas and wooden spoons. Amongst, of course, a ton of other assorted bric-abrac and unfinished projectsno.

And I think I have heard somewhere that Borax is very, very toxic to cats. I don’t know about dogs but I think someone said that cats especially like to lick it and it is bad for them. So put all pesticides, even the natural ones, where pets and children can’t reach them.vomit

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May 27, 2010
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Well, today I only see one ant. He is raising up on his back legs like a puppy sniffing the air! I can’t believe they are gone. Yesterday my bread and snack cabinet was alive with the pesky little things. I am going to stock up on some of the ingredients in all of the ideas listed here. If they invade again…I will be armed! Thanks so much for all of your input. CITR has to be the best resource on the net! Thanks again.wave

May 27, 2010
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http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html    This is a pretty good website about DE. I have used it for al ot of things.    It does work on the little black ants. If you are putting it in your house i would use the food grade.    It doesn’t work on fire ants, they only move the mound over about a foot.   That shouldn’t affect you as fire ants are mostly in the south.   If you read about diatomaceous earth it sounds like the miracle cure for everything.  I have taken it my self, my cats took it , the dogs  the chickens, the horses.  It did help with flies around the chicken coop and other parasites.  I would be carefull with it around sheep as they are subject to respiratory issues any way.  It is  a really fine powder.  It did help with odor in my stalls  too.

 

It isn’t the end all be all, but it was a useful thing.  Oh and a little goes along way.  You can get non food grade at Lowe’s and some garden centers. It’s cheaper.

 

Good luck with your ants.wave

May 27, 2010
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Pete said:

Not to be discouraging, because there is bound to be something I haven’t tried that works just fine, but for indoors, I use the commercial ant baits.  Everything else I’ve tried over the years has failed – and of course the problem gets progressively worse while I am trying different things.

Outside, the grits (or cornmeal) approach really does work.  I’ve even used grits inside hoping that they will take them back to their hive, but give up after a while and get out the baits to get rid of them inside.

Please, please!  Somebody tell us of a good way of dealing with these pests without the use of chemicals and other things I’d rather not have in my house!


 

I tried the corn meal and it didn’t work. Does that really work for anyone else? With the failure of the corn meal I didn’t even want to try grits.

May 27, 2010
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My grandma uses Wrigley’s gum to discourage little pests.  She put a stick of gum (still in the wrapper) in all of her cupboards.  It had to be the Wrigley in the white wrapper, no other kind.  When we had to put half of our house into outside storage for six months, I added a stick of gum to each box and when I opened them up to unpack, there were no signs of creepy crawlers or anything!  Just a bunch of dust bunniespink-rabbit

May 28, 2010
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My husband and I put a small dish of equal parts borax and icing surgar beside the hills (or on the ant paths).

The ants take the mixture back to the hill and it kills the hill.

It does have to be icing surgar though, regular surgar is too coarse and the ants can pick just it up.

Hope this helpsclover

May 31, 2010
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What is icing sugar? is that confectioners sugar?

May 31, 2010
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Yes, it is confectioners sugar.

If it's got tyres or testicles it's trouble.

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May 31, 2010
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Just a caution for anyone considering the use of de.  Please, please, please check it out thoroughly before using anything other than food grade.  While all our situations differ greatly, we quickly came to the conclusion that only food grade would be used here because of our pets and other considerations.

Not saying there are no circumstances where it is appropriate to use other than food grade, just be very careful how and where it is used.

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June 3, 2010
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I just got back from a 5 day stay at Branson, MO. Guess what…NO ANTS! I can’t believe it. I just knew with everyone (except the messy son) out of the house the ants would have a party. I squirted the cabinet and counters with that mixture before I left. Oh wow! Maybe I stumbled onto a good ant defense. I added spearment to the vinegar, bay leaves, cinnamon, and clove mixture. I feel like dancing!shimmy

June 9, 2010
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We have a major ant problem in our house every summer. I certainly am going tolooking to giving a try to some of the methods mentioned above. I hate using harsh chemical sprays to get rid of the ants.

 

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