Post # 1
Oh. My. Goodness!
Every year, right around the time things start heating up (usually mid-May), we get an ant infestation. You know, those little, tiny black ants that come in armies? Well, the problem lasts a few weeks and then tapers off. This year was the same. Since early-June, we maybe have had the odd ant now and then, but nothing crazy.
Before we left for our ten day trip for our Destination Wedding, we removed any and all traces of food and cleaned up really good.
Unfortunately, we returned home to a house full of ants. It has never been this bad before. We’ve been home a little over a week and the ant problem is just overwhelming. This morning, I got up after everyone had gone to work and there are probably close to 500 dead ants around our sink (I’m guessing Darling Husband or Mother-In-Law bleached the heck out of them).
I’m not sure why the problem is so bad, seeing as how we removed all food and dog food from the house before we left. But, it’s horrible. When we take pots and pans from the cupboard, they are covered in ants and have to be re-washed to remove ants from them.
Is anyone else having an ant problem beyond usual this year? How did you (if you did) get rid of them? Trying to avoid calling an exterminator because the ILs have seven dogs and don’t want them exposed to poison. I’m thinking we’re gonna end up having to go that route, though, and just board the animals at the animal hospital for a few days =/
Post # 3
I saw this method on Pinterest awhile back, and I haven’t tried it myself, but it looks like some people have had good results. I am not sure if it’s pet safe though…? Any other bees want to weigh in?
Post # 4
No advice, but I have an ifestation too. I’ve put out poison outside but I can’t put anything inside because of the pets. A friend of mine did tell me that she uses the Combat Gel Traps and they seem to work pretty well. I’m thinking of trying them myself because I’m desperate :/
Post # 5
I also have an ant infestation right now. I’ve put out traps, and sprinkled cinnamon and it seems to be working. Yesterday was disgusting – so many ants 🙁
I’m going to pick up some borax and icing sugar tomorrow and try that method.
Post # 6
I’ve heard from a former landscaper that it isn’t a good idea to put ant poison outside of your home, it can draw them inside where they can find other food and it creates problems.
We had an ant infestation in our apartment in the spring. I ended up buying the outdoor Terro brand that is covered and it got rid of our problem. We have a cat and she never touched it (I attribute that to the fact that it was the covered kind, so the poison wasn’t readily available for her to get at). You might want to try that!
Post # 7
Terro is the best! It works for our yearly ant issue 😛 They sell it in trays or in a small bottle that you can pour out. I use the small bottle just so I can keep using it wherever, but it’s pretty sticky so you might want to get the trays.
Post # 8
If its near cement or anything that wont die from this, boiling hot water poured right on the ant hill works great!! (just dont pour it on trees or flowers!). Also baby powder. I put this higher up on trees when we had them. It worked rather well.