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Old 04-03-2007, 09:08 AM   #11
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Terro is boric acid and corn syrup, and it really, really works. WalMart usually has it.
Thats the stuff I used to use.....it truely does work!
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:49 AM   #12
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Terro... I think that's the stuff I'm thinking I used. Reddish and white tube, put a little on a piece of cardboard.... the cardboard can be placed where your cats can't get to it (I have a cat and used it BTW), under the fridge, under the stove, in a cupboard, on a basement window ledge...
Also, I spray the outside of my house every year for spiders (Viper) and the inside for fleas (Ultracide), that stuff will take care of any bug that crawls through it. You just need to keep the pets off of it until it dries.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:56 AM   #13
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Katie the sugar is to attract them and want to take it home and when they do they take the boric acid with it.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:20 AM   #14
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I specifically grow the herb, tansy, for this problem. I can see where the ants crawl up my foundation and I put the cut stems right were the ants are marching up the wall. It could be a long term solution for you to buy some plants and plant them around your foundation. It works every time for me.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:31 AM   #15
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I had them in my old house and I finally found out where they were coming from. I had a planter which I used to bring in and out as the weather permitted. They were living in that thing!!!!!!
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:40 PM   #16
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Katie the sugar is to attract them and want to take it home and when they do they take the boric acid with it.
Sorry Katie, I didn't see this till now. JP is right on. The sugar makes them want to take it home to mama and the boric acid gets rid of them. I think I read that it dries them out.

Works like a charm though. I've used it successfully and it doesn't bother either kitties or dogs. I am really careful about that.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:25 PM   #17
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Boric acid is great for killing roaches as well. I was "coerced" (in other words you won't graduate unless you take it) into taking an entomology course at Texas A&M and the prof that I had, Dr. Franke, advocated putting boric acid into a large jar with a piece of apple and setting it out. The apple's aroma attracts the roaches and they run over the boric acid and pick up their crystals which stick to their bodies.Then the boric acid's chemical composition totally screws their nervous system as they love to groom themselves and easily ingest toxins that have stuck to their bodies while cleaning themselves. This is why it's difficult to kill spiders--they're slobs and don't groom themselves so it's more difficult to kill them unless you spray them directly. Ok, you all can now go safely back to sleep with such wonderful trivia tucked away never to be unearthed again. Glad to know that boric acid works on ants--first time that I heard of this.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:34 PM   #18
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Anyone else got that icky tickly feeling that there are bugs crawling on you???? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! This thread is icking me out!
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:40 PM   #19
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Yeah...but, they REALLY are crawling on me. Well, just ants.

The thing that expatgirl posted about spiders really creeped me out. Ewwww! Several years ago Buck was bitten by a Brown Recluse. Not pretty. Now we're really skittish about spiders around here.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:40 PM   #20
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I have used the boric acid product but it didn't seem to work. It was more of a nuisance. The red pepper definitely does not work! Some of the ideas here are good and work for a short time. The best method that I have used is taking a wet sponge and scooping them up on it and flushing them down the drain. LOL Some people think that they go south for the winter along with flies and mosquitoes. In reality, they all hibernate! We will be plagued with them all summer too.
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