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Old 05-15-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Ok I have ants all over my house and they are driving me friggin nuts. He gets ants every spring as do all of our neighbors but this year its much worse. I just had one crawl up my arm while I was sitting on the couch a minutes ago. I need suggestions on things I can do to get rid of these damn things. I have tried those little plastic bait/poison traps and they don't work. Spraying white vinegar and water seemed to make it even worse.

*son of a bitch another one just ran across my keyboard while typing this*

A chalk line is pointless because they aren't in a huge group or have a trail anywhere. So what else can I try. Oh yeah, it must be completely safe to use with cats.

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Old 05-15-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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See if you can find some mint oil in the grocery store. It really works well for ants but will not hurt pets or children. Mix it with a little water and spray the heck out of your carpets and along the edges of the floors.

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See if you can find some mint oil in the grocery store. It really works well for ants but will not hurt pets or children. Mix it with a little water and spray the heck out of your carpets and along the edges of the floors.
Would it be in the cooking oil section or like health and beauty? Ive never heard of it and dont know what its used for normally.
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The stuff I bought was actually in the cleaning section as a cleaner-deodorant degreaser. I just looked at the bottle and the brand name if Crest-O-Mint. The problem is that I have no idea if it's still available. It's been sitting in my chemical cabinet for forever because I've haven't had ants for years.

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I had an ant infestation a couple of years ago. After trying 3 or4 different traps/baits and seeing the ants just turn up their little noses at them, I finally found one that worked. "Terro" liquid ant killer - "for control of sweet eating ants". The active ingredient is borox - I think the rest is just corn syrup. I got it at Home Depot. Box says it controls "all common household ants including: Argentine ants, Ghost ants, Cornfield ants, Pavement ants, Acrobat ants, White footed ants, Little balck ants, Odorous house ants, Crazy ants, Big headed ants, and other sweet eating ants". Probably won't work for grease loving ants or fire ants, though. It does say to place bait in areas inaccessible to children and pets, so you'd have to find a place your cats couldn't get to- might want to keep it in mind if nothing else works.

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Old 05-15-2009, 01:18 AM   #6
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I have the same problem. It always seems that it worse than last year, but it is just a fresh pain in the butt. This is the first year I have taken the leave them alone and the will go away sooner of later. Hope I am right.

I have used the terro and it did seem to help.

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Try to find out how they're getting in. I see exterior walls of houses taken apart all the time in my job. On numerous occasions, I've seen ant congregations inside the wall cavity. They seem to be coming up the foundation wall into the house walls under the siding starter strip, then under the sheathing and into the wall. So, my advice would be to see if there is some kind of pesticide product to apply under your bottom row of siding, if you have siding, or at the top of the foundation wall on the outside.

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I had an ant infestation a couple of years ago. After trying 3 or4 different traps/baits and seeing the ants just turn up their little noses at them, I finally found one that worked. "Terro" liquid ant killer - "for control of sweet eating ants". The active ingredient is borox - I think the rest is just corn syrup. I got it at Home Depot. Box says it controls "all common household ants including: Argentine ants, Ghost ants, Cornfield ants, Pavement ants, Acrobat ants, White footed ants, Little balck ants, Odorous house ants, Crazy ants, Big headed ants, and other sweet eating ants". Probably won't work for grease loving ants or fire ants, though. It does say to place bait in areas inaccessible to children and pets, so you'd have to find a place your cats couldn't get to- might want to keep it in mind if nothing else works.
Is it a plastic trap or just some sort of liquid you spray?

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There are tons of places they could be getting in but since there is not any huge groups or trails im not sure exactly where.
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[QUOTE=dataz722;1324901]Is it a plastic trap or just some sort of liquid you spray?

Terro is a sort of thick liquid that you can put on paper. The box comes with cutouts you can put the Terro on so it doesn't get soaked up. I had ant problems and used Terro and they make a crowd around the stuff trying to eat it all. I have three cats and they never seemed to be that interested, but I would recommend having a dome or something over the spot so pets aren't tempted.

I used to expect a crowd of ants if something sweet was left on the counter, but the ant problem pretty much gone away. I don't know if it's the Terro or something else. My neighbor did complain about ants the season they stopped coming to my house.

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I have the same problem, sometimes they are here, sometimes they are not.

I have tried many, many products, even a "professional" with 6 inches of exterminator butt crack. Nothing helps.

We just kinda live with them while they are here, and dont miss them when they are gone.

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