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Old 05-28-2012, 01:42 PM   #21
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If you don't want a sticky mess then mix equal parts icing sugar and borax and sprinkle around doorways, windows, any point of entry you see and they will take it back to their home. Bye bye ants.

They hate Dawn dishsoap too. It doesn't kill 'em but they run away from it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #22
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I've had really great luck with Terro ant baits (they are borax). Borax seems to be slow acting, so they can take it back to the nest and die, and the other ants will die from eating them or getting it on them.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:10 PM   #23
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The plan is thus: caulk any gap behind the drywall patch and the floor behind the baseboard (this was a dampness issue, so according to what I've read, a place carpenter ants like). Use Zodiac FleaTrol along the walls (supposedly it works on ants, and I happen to have some on hand), mix up borax and corn syrup, put that on cardboard squares and hope they take it home. Although, I still must say, zapping them with a dollop of shaving cream stopped the ones that were invading in their tracks. Any that are silly enough to come investigate why their buddies didn't return, will bring back goodies to the queen and her workers. Bah! This I didn't need! Thanks all for your help. I can't put out the Ajax because of the girls. But the wood pile that is outside of this room will be moving.
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Just one thing about ant psychology: they don't care of their buddies don't come home, nor will they send missing ant investigators. They make 'em faster than you can kill 'em. All they care about is buddies who come home bearing gifts (food). When that happens they send more and track them back to the food source.

You've identified the most important problem and solution: fill the holes so they can't some in. Even if you did nothing else that would eventually solve the problem.

Once you have plugged the holes you can spray the remaining invaders with Windex or Lysol and clean them up with paper towels.
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Sounds like you are on the right track but just for the record I also used Terro ant baits at the beginning of spring, I havent seen another ant since the day I put them out, about 2 hours into it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:28 PM   #26
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Sounds like you are on the right track but just for the record I also used Terro ant baits at the beginning of spring, I havent seen another ant since the day I put them out, about 2 hours into it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #27
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Just one thing about ant psychology: they don't care of their buddies don't come home, nor will they send missing ant investigators. They make 'em faster than you can kill 'em. All they care about is buddies who come home bearing gifts (food). When that happens they send more and track them back to the food source.

You've identified the most important problem and solution: fill the holes so they can't some in. Even if you did nothing else that would eventually solve the problem.

Once you have plugged the holes you can spray the remaining invaders with Windex or Lysol and clean them up with paper towels.
Because I clean with steam, I don't have those products (Windex or Lysol) in the house. I do have rubbing alcohol...
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Steam would do a pretty good job of "cleaning" them.
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it also helps to press their teeny uniforms...
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Steam would do a pretty good job of "cleaning" them.
The steam would scorch them...oh, I can see where this is going, chocolate-coated ants!
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