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Vinegar

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#21 Jul 31, 2010
White Vinegar kills ANTS and helps keeps them away.

Since: Mar 10

Florissant, MO

#22 Jul 31, 2010
Vinegar wrote:
White Vinegar kills ANTS and helps keeps them away.
How long does it last though? I wouldn't imagine it to stay effective as a barrier for very long.
Mother nature

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#23 Aug 2, 2010
all this moisture and rain is forcing these insects out of the ground into your home. We need a little dry spell.
entom

Saint Louis, MO

#24 Aug 2, 2010
I doubt a brown recluse came up a drain. It may have been hiding in the drain after finding it's way into the tub and the water draining chased it out of its hiding spot.

Bleach is not a very good approach for any insects. Chlorine is toxic and pretty nasty stuff, especially on clothing, but it also evaporates. White vinegar is somewhat effective for ants and more friendly.

Wet weather tends to force ants up out of the ground to seek dry nesting. Homes, out buildings and landscaping provide raised, dry protection for nests.
Ants leave pheromone trails. Chalk might work to disrupt the mechanics of that trick but ants are busy little devils and finding a way around a line of chalk should be easy.

I usually just walk around the house and look closely for the ant trail. It is amazing how they can climb and find unusual paths. I have seen them walk up a large tree over twenty feet from a house and down a limb and across a leaf that was touch a roof.

If you find the ant trail and spray it with any commercial spray it usually disrupts the ants. Sometimes you can disrupt it by removing the tree limb or other thing they are using as a path.

Spraying a barrier around the foundation of your home may also help. Use a pump sprayer because it is cheaper and it lays down a better application. Spray a dilution of any commercially available insecticide that says it is good for ants. Be sure to follow the label directions. You may need to reapply occasionally if you have a lot of wet weather which can wash away the barrier.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/hou...

“I am a Pit Bull ”

Since: Aug 08

on the pantleg of opportunity

#25 Aug 2, 2010
Ants always seem to migrate to my mailbox every spring when it rains a lot and sometimes in summer too. They bring their eggs with them too. I have sprayed the post with pesticides and the inside. The mail is a little funky for a couple of days till the odor goes away. But then the ants return.

My letter carrier said she was told that dryer fabric sheets repel them. I have found they don't do anything but make the mailbox smell snuggly fresh and the ants must love it because they never left.
entom

Saint Louis, MO

#26 Aug 2, 2010
Pethead wrote:
Ants always seem to migrate to my mailbox every spring when it rains a lot and sometimes in summer too. They bring their eggs with them too. I have sprayed the post with pesticides and the inside. The mail is a little funky for a couple of days till the odor goes away. But then the ants return.
My letter carrier said she was told that dryer fabric sheets repel them. I have found they don't do anything but make the mailbox smell snuggly fresh and the ants must love it because they never left.
There is a reason why they are choosing your mailbox.
It is likely high and dry which is usually the most obvious reason. But the location and the construction are also going to be factors.
Does the mailbox or it's mount have any hollow cavities that make a nice nesting area?
Getting the poison into any hollow cavities will help a swell as creating a barrier to the box with poison and doing it on a consistent basis especially during rainy periods.
ants

Florissant, MO

#27 Aug 2, 2010
try insant oats the little boggers love it and it absorbs the water in there system killing them.will also work on the rat problem in floissant
A little looney

Imperial, MO

#28 Aug 3, 2010
Entom is very knowledgeable but I must say when I poured bleach over the brown recluse,it shriveled up into a ball.So therefore I figured it would kill spiders and brown recluse. Will try instant oats for the sewer rats.
entom

Saint Louis, MO

#29 Aug 3, 2010
A little looney wrote:
Entom is very knowledgeable but I must say when I poured bleach over the brown recluse,it shriveled up into a ball.So therefore I figured it would kill spiders and brown recluse. Will try instant oats for the sewer rats.
A large enough application of chlorine will kill just about anything on contact. Chlorine is highly toxic and corrosive. You are likely familiar with its nastier properties if they added a little too much at your local pool. The burning of your mucous membranes and the discoloring of swim wear are the early warnings of excessive levels.
Large doses of chlorine can be quite toxic.
But for use as an insecticide, chlorine bleach evaporates and leaves little or nothing in the way of a residue or residual toxin that can continue to kill or repel insects after the initial contact.
Unlike many of the other insect poisons that can be picked up on the bodies of insects as they cross the chemical barrier you apply with something like a commercially available insecticide that contains some sort of neurotoxins. Be careful with commercial poisons if you have a pond or aquarium since they are particularly toxic to aquatic life like fish or ducks. Also keep them away from beneficial insects like bees or wasps. And remember...they are not good for you or anyone else either.
Difficult or large insect infestations often require some intervention with drastic chemical insecticide treatments but insecticides can be somewhat dangerous especially if used incorrectly. Try to view insecticides as dangerous like a "big gun" only to be used when absolutely needed and then sparingly.
There is often a emotional drive to over react or over do it with poisons. Try to use some reason.
Some poisons break down with sunlight or moisture while others can be pretty resilient and long lasting.
Sometimes with less drastic prevention methods, you may be able to avoid using the "big guns" like the commercial insecticides.
There are many natural controls that are reasonably effective.
http://eartheasy.com/live_natpest_control.htm
So Sad

Baltimore, MD

#30 Aug 3, 2010
Terro Liquid ant bait works real well. Just set it along their path and don't disturb them. The workers and colony should be dead in about two days.
entom

Saint Louis, MO

#31 Aug 3, 2010
So Sad wrote:
Terro Liquid ant bait works real well. Just set it along their path and don't disturb them. The workers and colony should be dead in about two days.
Good choice. If you are getting results in 2 days, that is great. It can take a lot longer often a couple weeks to get the problem completely under control.

Terro Ant Bait and other similar products are good answers since the active ingredient is usually borax. The borax is added to a sweet base to make the ants take it back to the colony where it slowly wipes out the ants.

Borax has a very low toxicity to mammals (us and our furry pets). Borax may be listed on the ant bait label in the ingredients as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. It is similar to boric acid.

Using Terro or borax does require some persistence and patience because it works slowly to destroy the ant colonies. Again. it might work in a couple days but it may also take a couple weeks to get complete results. Since water renders borax ineffective, you may need to keep reapplying it. Some people find the white powder a bit messy and unsightly.

Don't expect to see the sort of quick fix you get with other more toxic poisons such as those with pyrethins.

Boric acid and borax also works well on silverfish and roaches too. But it requires persistence and time.
Extermimnator

United States

#32 Mar 28, 2013
PestMan wrote:
With all of this rain, Ants have become a real problem. That Raid Max "Long Lasting Bug Barrier" is useless against ants. It's main ingredient is Deltamethrin which is useless against most household insects.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deltamethrin
This stuff should be taken off the market for false advertising.
Ants and Roaches and others chemicals in order of effectiveness:
Temprid-Bayer makes an otc version, cyflutherin @ 10.9% and imacdicloprid @ 19%. Fast knockdown long term residual.
Termidor-Fipronil...you cannot buy otc.
Cynoff-Cypermethrin...you can buy otc version
the only answer

United States

#33 Mar 29, 2013
get an Ant Eater as a pet, they are as friendly as a kitten, and most effective.

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