Post # 1
My Darling Husband and I have a problem currently… with little black critters, aka ANTS. We’ve been finding ants in our bathroom, bedroom and laundry room. Luckily (knock on lots of wood!) we haven’t found them in our kitchen or dining room. I’m convinced they must be after water based on their locations thus far.
So far we’ve tried a couple of things – we’ve set ant traps (the ones where they’re suppose to take the poisonous food back to their colony) and that hasn’t worked. We’ve set the traps both inside and out. Raid makes a product called Bug Barrier that you’re suppose to be able to spray around baseboards and doorways to keep ants out. We’ve done this and it seems to work for a week or so, and then the ants are back! It is especially bad when it rains; it drives the ants in and they’re all over the place. Ugh!
Does anyone have a story or product of successful ant conquering? I am desperate to get rid of these little buggers – ants freak me out more than spiders or snakes, and I want to be able to go to sleep without thinking about them in my home!
Thanks for any tips or advice!
Post # 3
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
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
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
Maybe this is an old wive’s tale? But pour salt under the doors. They won’t cross it.
Post # 7
I forget which product it was, but I was told either Formula 409 or Fantastik works.
Post # 8
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
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
@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
I use straight Borax w/o the sugar and it works just fine