B.M. asks from Jacksonville Beach, FL on September 25, 2008
Sugar Ants Won't Go Away!!!
I have sugar ants (the tiny little ones) that are in my kitchen, master bathroom & van! I've had the pest company out several times & they keep trying new things. I've sprayed, wiped everything down, but nothing is getting rid of them. I try to wipe up ANY crumbs and/or spills immediately, but it hasn't even made a dent in them. As far as the ants in my van, the pest company had no suggestions other than "bombing" it with a fogger. I don't want to do that in the vehicle I take my family around in. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of watching the conga line of ants in my house!!!
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So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. There seemed to be an overwhelming recommendation to use Terro, so I decided to give it a try this past weekend in my home. I put it on little cardboard & wax paper pieces and waited.... It was amazing that in about a couple of hours there were TONS of ants "feeding" at the squares. l was shocked at how many there were. I left them alone (the hardest part) and by the next day, there were hardly any around!!!! I have seen a few wandering around this week, so I've put out a few new spots of Terro & I'll see if they completely disappear. I'm trying it in the van this weekend. (I want to completely clean it first). Anyway, I appreciate all the feedback. You've all been a great help!!!
C.M. answers from Miami on September 29, 2008
Try Ant Kill. It's in a small bottle that is white with blue lettering and a red lid. It's a think liquid and you can put it in small dots where needed. It's a miracle worker.
A.S. answers from Boca Raton on September 29, 2008
If you can't find the Terro, then you can use Combat Ant Gel (it's a syringe that comes in a little brown box). Same idea, but it's a yellowish gel. The ants will be all over it, but in a day or two they'll be gone.
I also use the Home Defense in the large red & white spray bottle (I think it's Ortho brand), and that works well too. I only use it outdoors, though. Every now and then I spray it all along the base of the outside wall of the house.
Now we get the occasional bug here and there, but no more of those crazy large-scale sugar ant invasions.
L.O. answers from Miami on September 27, 2008
You can call Felix, ###-###-####, His company is called "A Best Real Pest Solutions". I highly recommend him, trust him, and have been using his service for 3 years. I also had an ant problem...since he has been to my home we have NO bugs at all...In my experience and opinion he is the best.
V. answers from Boca Raton on September 25, 2008
I had the same problem with all kinds of ants, not any more...thanks to my friend.
In Homedepot you can get granules "Amdro" for the ants. Put it outside aroud your house, all ants will go away in a few hours. It REALY works for a long time. And you don't need pest control anymore.(I used them a few times, they don't help, just making a lot of mess in the house.)
C.G. answers from Gainesville on September 26, 2008
Hey got an easy safe fix for all you areas.....Ants hate Cinnamon.....England does not let them use chemicals....I have alot of animals and I won't use poisons....So try cinnamon buy it cheap and sprinkle it around doors and windows and where ever they come in.....no harm to anthing but the ants
D.R. answers from Miami on September 26, 2008
I have the same problem, but just at home in my kitchen!!! they are getting to me and i cant seem to get rid of them (frustrating)
if you find out how to get rid of those pesty insects, please let me know.
C.S. answers from Orlando on September 26, 2008
I worked for an apartment community. My pest control company said the only thing that works is Boric Acid. It is a poweder that you can find at Home depot or Lowes. It is very poisious though. We had them in a lot of cars so we suggested putting a little in a bottle cap under a seat where no-one can get to it. As far as inside your house maybe the same but in the corner behind applainces or something. Luckily your kids are old enough you don't have to worry about them putting everything in their mouths. We only had to use it once and they never came back. God Luck, hope this helped.
A.M. answers from Daytona Beach on October 01, 2008
Please don't be offended as that is NOT my intention. I've had this problem before and after months of torture I realized that the ants keep coming because there is something there that they want. You might have soda (sugar) under your carpet that they can get to, in the crevices of your counter tops, in the tiniest places that are so hard to see.
C.B. answers from Melbourne on September 26, 2008
I have the same problem in the kitchen and we spray raid..they still dont go away....they are everywhere and in the bathrooms we have the darker, flying, thicker ants..no clue what they are called..ahhhh...ya know i use to leave out grits, cause the ants are suppose to eat that and ca-pow they die..but that just attracted moths..its never ending..so then we had to get rid of the moths which took for ever..and of course the ants are back.
C.M. answers from Boca Raton on September 26, 2008
Exterminators won't work on sugar ants. Try Terro - clear liquid that comes in an orange box. It is sweet and attracts the sugar ants, then they take it back to the nest. Once you put it out, just know that they will SWARM like crazy to get it. Keep rereshing it daily (it does dry out) and putting it out till they are gone. It may take a while b/c sugar ants have four queens instead of one like most other ants. Once the queens are dead, the rest will die as well. Good luck!
L.M. answers from Boca Raton on September 26, 2008
Have you tried the terro ant drops from home depot they usually work great. Put the drops in a cap and put them around those areas. Good Luck!