E.M. asks from Humble, TX on July 04, 2009
Need Help in Getting Rid of Sugar Ants
Please reprint the responses for getting rid of sugar ants that have taken over my bathrooms and pantry.
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P.C. answers from Davenport on July 05, 2009
I think cloves is an old home remedy that is supposed to be a good natural deterrent for insects.
Found this online...might be worth a try?
>>Ants - Ants hate mint tea and cloves, it throws off their trails, so you can crush cloves or get some mint tea and place it around any spot that ants are coming from. Also, a bottle of soapy water can be sprayed on the ant trail. Last but not least, draw a thick link of chalk where the ants are entering your house. Believe it or not, the chalk line is enough to prevent them coming in.<<
S.H. answers from San Antonio on July 05, 2009
good luck with that. Terro seems to work on one trail and then the next day theres a different trail. Our whole neighborhood is infested. Nobody can get rid of them. Even professional spraying didn't do it. Have had the problem for weeks now. I would love to hear all the responses myself. These are inside the house and outside. they are EVERYWHERE.....
S.O. answers from San Antonio on July 05, 2009
Try some boric acid mixed in with a little sugar. Squirt it into the walls (behind outlet covers, under molding, etc. As long as it stays dry, the boric acid will remain active for years.
M.H. answers from Houston on July 05, 2009
O.K......here I go again.
1) DO NOT SPRAY SUGAR ANTS. This causes them to MULTIPLY.
2) most "homemade" remedies do not work for sugar ants.
3) Buy and use, Terro Ant baits, this is made ESPECIALLY for sugar ants, however, will not work on other ants.
4) Make sure that you even HAVE sugar ants. Not commonly known to many, carpenter ants are VERY common and cannot be killed using Terro.
How do I know if I have sugar ants? Well, place out the Terro and if they "attack" it, youve got sugar ants. If you place out Terro and they dont touch it, you probably have carpenter ants or egyptian ants (some call them) Fire ants will sometime get in the house, however once again, people commonly mistake carpenters for fire ants.
My advice would be to try the Terro...if nothing happens in a day or so, call an exterminator. All the vinegar, boric acid, corn meal, baby powder, grits, (the list goes on and on) will probably not work.
A good family friend who was once district manager for Terminex and then went on to be regional manager for Orkin, told me this info over the years (what can I say, the man likes to talk about bugs!!)
One thing he always told me was to NOT to use foodstuffs ie; corn meal, grits etc, to try and tackle ant problems. It most likely wont work and that stuff attracks mice!! No sense in makin' your problem bigger!!
Good Luck to you,
E.P. answers from Austin on July 05, 2009
Try sprinkling a little johnson and johnson's baby powder in their path. I don't know why, but it seems to work.