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Is it just me, or are the ants a little over the top this year?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kinnip, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    First of all, let me point out that my home has become a flotilla of poisons. The outside is covered, smothered and whatever else in Sevin dust. The inside is thoroughly lubed with combat ant gel. There's so much of it I'm worried that I'm going to kill a cat, or get some noxious disease. Nevertheless, for two mornings running, I've had ants in my pants. Stop laughing, it's rude! I go to put on my workpants, and am no kidding bitten in a dozen places by teensy, eensy, really ouchy ants. I can't get rid of these buggers! I started with DE. That just gave them the impetus to branch out into new colonies. I'm adrift in ants. All of my animals have ant bites, except the lucky little devils in the brooders. One of my bucklings even has a couple on the underside of his tail-- OUCH! I'm beginning to wonder if it's really an alien invasion force. I gotta stop typing this now, I'm about to scratch my skin off just thinking about it.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    They are bad here, too. Several mornings we woke to them all over the kitchen counter. Even though I live in the woods, they are not usually this bad.
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing 11 Years

    Mar 10, 2007
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Sorry....but [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Hope you can get rid of them. What do you have in your pants??
  4. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Quote:Just my residual sweetness.
  5. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I think it may be a good idea to call an Exterminator. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. LV426

    LV426 Chillin

    Jul 16, 2008
    Try mixing 1 cup of borax in 1 cup of simple syrup (sugar and water boiled together until the sugar dissolves completely). Mix until borax is completely dissolved. Then place in bottle caps or other small containers that are easily refilled and set in along an ant trail. The ants will come and take it back to the nest and it will slowly poison the whole colony.

    To prevent ants from coming into certain areas you can sprinkle talcum powder or cinnamon as a barrier while wiping out the scent ant trails have by wiping surfaces down with vinegar or lemon juice.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  7. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Quote:Sweet! I got nothing to lose, I'm trying it.

    So I guess disrupting their scent trail with stompy ant death doesn't work? [​IMG] No wonder they're still here.
  8. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    seems like every year there is a nest of ants near each room of our house.

    we use the commercial stuff - exactly like the recipe above, only comes in a bottle.
  9. LV426

    LV426 Chillin

    Jul 16, 2008
    Quote:Yeah it's called Terro but I think this solution is stronger than the Terro because it took me forever to get rid of them until I mixed up my own.
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    OUCH!!!:/They have been quite bad here as well, though not to the point that ant poison wont keep them away.

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