(Closed) Ant problem – eek!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

call a local pest control company! we had a lady bug issue and they sprayed all around the house, diagnosed where the little buggers were getting in, and fixed it.


Post # 4
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Okay, you are NOT going to like this, but you should get a pest control company like Orkin or something to come do an inspection. You know what draws ants into a home more than anything else? Termites. They hunt termites. I discovered this when I had an ant problem off and on for a year, and then saw the “swarmers” outside a window, the flying termite things that suddenly appear and then disperse to go look for new locations. Fortunately, Orkin came and caught it before it became a problem. It may not be this at all, but you should definitely rule it out.

It could just be that it’s spring, and the ant colonies are expanding. Wipe counters and surfaces with a 1/2 and 1/2 solution of white vinegar and water. You can spray around entrances and nooks and crannies with it, too. It does help deter them. And it’s totally safe for people and pets (unlike the super toxic stuff you can buy).

Post # 5
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A cheaper solution to the problem is to do bug bombs. Now these things are HARSH and will require you to do some leg work, but you can buy a few of them for $10.

1. Buy bug bombs (foggers)

2. Set off in the rooms with the problems.

3. Run like hell to get out of there, DO NOT breath it in. I breathed a little once when setting one off and it was awful.

4. Stay overnight at a friend or family’s house. Be sure to bring pets with you.

5. Return home and you will find lots of dead bugs all over. Open all the windows to air it out and wipe surfaces that you eat off of.

The ants will likely not return for the rest of the season. Another brand of ant killer that works well is Terro. Its like poison water and they seem to go for it over the other types of traps. Best of Luck!

Post # 6
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Maybe this is an old wive’s tale? But pour salt under the doors. They won’t cross it.

Post # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I forget which product it was, but I was told either Formula 409 or Fantastik works.

Post # 8
9626 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ugh, I hate ants, and we get them sometimes too.  I’ll be following this thread.  I have used Terro before and it does work great.

Post # 9
674 posts
Busy bee

Once we had some in the bathroom, and we made up a mix of sugar and borax (a little over 50% sugar) so they would take it back to their colony. It takes several days, but eventually they were all gone and most of the sugar/borax mix was gone as well. They also didn’t come back that season. It was also handy since we just left it in a little bowl and then rinsed it out and tossed it in the dishwasher when we determined they were dead.

Post # 10
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@LibertyBelle – I second the sugar & borax method! We tried it when we saw ants a few weeks ago, and it worked! Ants went away and haven’t been back! (Previous years we’d spray chemical killer at all our doorways and windows, around the edge of the house, etc., and ants kept coming.)

Post # 11
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I use straight Borax w/o the sugar and it works just fine


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