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Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#85733 May 16, 2013
Terro works great on sugar ants, and you dont have to go to the basement. Just put it on the cardboard and place it where you see the ants. Once the find it, you will see hundreds of them swarming the poison, and being the good little creatures they are, they take it back to their queen, and kills the entire colony.

Fairly common thing here.

Grease ants are another story. I bought some stuff that is supposed to kill both (terro not work on grease ants), but the ants ignored that stuff too. However.....
If you place a tiny piece of catfood on the cardboard, let them get started, you can then drizzle the poison on top of the catfood, and they will just keep at it.
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
So... I have a problem.
I have ants. More specifically, my apartment has ants. I don't do well with bugs, including harmless, clean little tiny sugar/oil/grease ants.
I'm sure they're coming up from the basement now that it's warm out and their nests are stirring and looking for food. They're on my bedroom floor but I can't always see them -- they run along the black groves between the floorboards. I only see 2-3 at a time and I get 'em with TP and kill/flush 'em. But last night I found them in the dining room, too -- the same wall my bedroom shares. It's not an infestation -- I only see a few at a time, and I'll see maybe 1-3 in random places in the dining room, and I get 'em, but las tnight, I just started vacuuming them. Then I had to clean my entire kitchen floor and find a new home far away for the cat food bowls, b/c if the ants find the cat food, I'm eft.
I bought two kinds of ant poison today, and I need to go to the basement to see if I can put some where the ants are coming into my place.
I hate this.

Since: Aug 09

Milwaukee, WI

#85734 May 16, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>
I got the liquid terro stuff for the basement, but b/c of the cats, I also got roach motel type things for ants that I can put where the cats go.
Yes, In my experience, the terro liquid is the best.(Now keep in mind there are thousands of different kinds of ants - and they feed on different kinds of things).

But if you are talking about the little brown sweet eating ones - this is the time of year that thousands of them all hatch. so they can come out of nowhere. It doesn't do any good for you to kill individual ants.

but with the terro-type product - they don't die right away. They take it and bring it back to their nests. And ants have a way of leaving a trace where they have been - so you will see dozens of ants feeding on the liquid once one ant has found it. Then they will all bring it back and kill off the colony.

Now, I don't know about the cats.(I suppose you could put it in a plastic cup and put a couple holes in it for the ants to get in/out - but not the cats. But you do need at least one ant to find your trap first. Even if you have to catch an ant on a piece of paper and make sure it finds your "treat")

Now black ants are meat eaters - and there may be other methods for them. they usually like to get old dead bugs and stuff. Some are wood -eaters - and may indicate a wood-rot problem (like termites).

but if it is a brown ant infestation - try the terro.(You likely have multiple colonies so it may take a few applications to get them.(I speak from some experience - we've got them right now too - we get them when the weather warms up. I killed off one colony and am dealing with a second one right now). I expect it to take a few days more.

Since: Aug 09

Milwaukee, WI

#85735 May 16, 2013
and i noticed that Race answered just what i did while i was composing my answer. (Although his answer was more concise)

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#85736 May 16, 2013
wtih the boric acid (Borax), watch that it doesn't stain/bleachstuff. i used a mix in my back yard - had several large ant "hills" - and it killed hte grass too. now the weeds are taking over, so ant hills are a lesser problem.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#85737 May 16, 2013
j_m_w wrote:
<quoted text>
You're not the first one to say this, but believe it or not, it doesn't really suck anymore to see FB updates. Part of the reason I've kept him as a FB friend is to use it as a litmus test to see how I was doing. And there's not a constant bombardment of stuff, but nothing has really SUCKED since the Denver thing (mid-March). Each thing after that has elicited less and less of a reaction from me and I really think I'm okay now.
Jasper's birthday is Memorial Day and it's a big one so I definitely want to acknowledge it.*IF* I call him, it won't be on the day of, or I might just send an e-card. I do want to talk to him and I'm at 95% certainty that I could handle it and be fine. I don't know if I'll ever get to 100% without trying.
Eh, I'm glad for you. I know I couldn't deal with FB with an ex. You seem to be doing well with it.:-D

I had to find my college diploma for my work visa, don't know if I posted about that, but I basically tore my house apart a few weeks back. Found all my pictures and mementos from my only other LTR, the guy I dated from 20 to 27, G. I didn't throw anything out, but I think I'm going to, now that I know where everything is and it's been labeled.

Since: Jan 10

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#85738 May 16, 2013
Thanks for the tips, people. I bought the terro stuff and the safer stuff for pets/kids in the house and will put them all out tonight. I am glad I made the effort of cleaning my kitchen floor and moving cat food bowls to a portable cabinet at the other end of the kitchen last night.

I also know I need to plug the holes they're using to get into my place (they do seem to be coming in at certain points. But like a coworker said, use the poison first so it gets back to their nest.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#85739 May 16, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
So... I have a problem.
I have ants. More specifically, my apartment has ants. I don't do well with bugs, including harmless, clean little tiny sugar/oil/grease ants.
I'm sure they're coming up from the basement now that it's warm out and their nests are stirring and looking for food. They're on my bedroom floor but I can't always see them -- they run along the black groves between the floorboards. I only see 2-3 at a time and I get 'em with TP and kill/flush 'em. But last night I found them in the dining room, too -- the same wall my bedroom shares. It's not an infestation -- I only see a few at a time, and I'll see maybe 1-3 in random places in the dining room, and I get 'em, but las tnight, I just started vacuuming them. Then I had to clean my entire kitchen floor and find a new home far away for the cat food bowls, b/c if the ants find the cat food, I'm eft.
I bought two kinds of ant poison today, and I need to go to the basement to see if I can put some where the ants are coming into my place.
I hate this.
We have them at the moment, too. Watch in the cat food bowl. We have to put the cat bowls in a largers pasta plate with water to create a moat or else they go right to it.
I have been using ant traps from Home Depot and spraying the crevices at times when the cats are not there.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#85740 May 16, 2013
When I had ants, I used the crevice spray raid around the perimeter inside and out and then used the ant bait motel thingies that are suppose to kill the colony.

It worked.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#85741 May 16, 2013
I found a GREAT site. Talcum powder is lethal to them, so I can put that in my vacuum then vacuum 'em up to kill them (not my solution, just a temporary clean up thing). I also can put my cat food bowls onto a platter/plate covered with talcum to keep the ants out of that.
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#85742 May 16, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I found a GREAT site. Talcum powder is lethal to them, so I can put that in my vacuum then vacuum 'em up to kill them (not my solution, just a temporary clean up thing). I also can put my cat food bowls onto a platter/plate covered with talcum to keep the ants out of that.
Great tip!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#85743 May 16, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I found a GREAT site. Talcum powder is lethal to them, so I can put that in my vacuum then vacuum 'em up to kill them (not my solution, just a temporary clean up thing). I also can put my cat food bowls onto a platter/plate covered with talcum to keep the ants out of that.
Use ant spray around their points of entry. And use chalk around the food bowls. The sidewalk chalk the kids use. Ants won't cross a line of chalk for some reason.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#85744 May 16, 2013
NWmoon wrote:
I think y'all are just jealous that you have to do it yourself, and are generally paying more for it at the same time.
Right, because we prefer to be coddled. No one should have to do anything for themselves. If you use the restrooms in these gas stations, is there an attendant to wipe your @zz too?

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#85745 May 16, 2013
Stina wrote:
<quoted text>
Last week my daughter found a dying palmetto bug in her bathroom on its back squirming. Gross! But if it was dying, I know the exterminator's stuff was at least working SOME! Sure enough, next day the bug guy calls to tell me it's time to be sprayed. That happens every time he is due to come without fail! One of those nasty things "breaks through" and the bug guy calls to tell me it's time!!!
I get shivers just THINKING about palmetto bugs. ICK!
You do know, you could do that easily by yourself....besides, palmetto bugs are from outside, they just stumble in occasionally....Pest Control has huge profit margins.....just saying....Thanks for the Disney info...love eating in Germany or Italy at Epcot.....

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#85746 May 16, 2013
Maybe because it's in the shape of a pentagram?
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Use ant spray around their points of entry. And use chalk around the food bowls. The sidewalk chalk the kids use. Ants won't cross a line of chalk for some reason.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#85747 May 16, 2013
Will gold bond suffice?
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I found a GREAT site. Talcum powder is lethal to them, so I can put that in my vacuum then vacuum 'em up to kill them (not my solution, just a temporary clean up thing). I also can put my cat food bowls onto a platter/plate covered with talcum to keep the ants out of that.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#85748 May 16, 2013
RACE wrote:
Will gold bond suffice?
<quoted text>
So long as it really does have talc in it. Not all powders do.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#85749 May 16, 2013
Stina wrote:
<quoted text>
Last week my daughter found a dying palmetto bug
That's another name for a cockroach right>

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#85750 May 16, 2013
Mimi Seattle wrote:
<quoted text>
That's another name for a cockroach right>
And they fly too.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#85751 May 16, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I found a GREAT site. Talcum powder is lethal to them, so I can put that in my vacuum then vacuum 'em up to kill them (not my solution, just a temporary clean up thing). I also can put my cat food bowls onto a platter/plate covered with talcum to keep the ants out of that.
Talc is finely ground silica dioxide, the stuff can cause respiratory problems in people who work wth it, like silicosis if it is the wrong size. I would be worried about the cats breathing the stuff but its a trade off between the pesticides or the respiratory exposure. Yuck either way. Good to know about the talc to put it is places the cats won't go- just not under their food bowl.
I miss Cycle- he is the chemical engineer.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#85752 May 16, 2013
not after you sgulich them.
squishymama wrote:
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And they fly too.

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