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Old 05-27-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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ISO- HELP: Black ant infestation!

Help--I have black ants all over one room in my house. I have no idea where they came from except I have been patching some dry wall in that room. I have a dog so am concerned about using a poison/spray. S/one said cornmeal, but I want them gone now. They are not sugar ants and they are not carpenter ants. I tried bleach--they swim through that. HELP!!! Vinegar? What? For now, I have "barriers" of white shaving cream at the door and along the base boards. Shaving cream works, but I want them gone. Plain white shaving cream + hydrogen peroxide works great on blood stains. I always have some white shaving cream in the house for laundry. Works good on immobilizing ants until another measure can be taken (so I have discovered tonight--didn't know that until I tried it). It doesn't stain or bleach color, washes up easily.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:50 PM   #2
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Terro Ant Killer has worked for me. It's liquid borax. Goop on little cardboard squares, near points of entry. Vinegar will deter them, but it will take awhile.

They are nasty beasties! Good luck!
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:57 PM   #3
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I have powdered Borax for laundry as well. Can I just make that into a liquid or will the powdered form work as well? I have immobilized 80% of them with shaving cream. Now, to figure where they came from....
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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Yes, you need to find where they're coming in. Borax paste should work, mix the dry with a bit of water, maybe put on small pieces of cardboard or wax paper.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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They won't cross abrasive sink cleanser (Ajax). I learned that from RV usage. With RVs you sprinkle a barrier around your wheels and your leveling jacks. It works.

And what you need to do is go outside and find where they're coming from and spray ant killer on their hive entrance. You'll never get rid of them until you go to the source.

I have a dog too. Just keep him/her inside for a few hours and don't go crazy with the spray. A little spray at the hive entrance, and ignore the trails leading to your house. The army thins out and disappears without hive support.

And remember it's just a battle, not the war. You'll never win the war. All you can do is win each battle.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:00 AM   #6
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I have to say, the shaving cream has worked very well. I do have to deal with the problem, but the solution for tonight worked and will try both suggestions. I will have to tell the story of 6 cans of shaving cream and 20 bottles of hydrogen peroxide to clean the blood from a dog that was bit and bleeding from an artery out of my van sometime (a/k/a how I learned how effective shaving cream and hydrogen peroxide were for cleaning blood stains). And hence, why I always have both on hand.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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Oh, good grief. Buy a package of ant traps. You put them where you think the ants might be coming in and exiting. they are only about an inch or so square. The ants go in then take the poison back to their friends, and w/i a day, gone. I always have pet friends, and of course they are attracted to their food. I just put them where the doggies or kitties can't get them. I've never had a problem last for more than 24 hours after placing them.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #8
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sometimes you have to look at the bright side.

you have well shaved ants with the whitest whites that would make the navy proud!


sorry, i can't be of any help. why not put down one of those whole house barrier sprays. they're supposedly safe as soon as they're dried.
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I will definitely be doing s/thing tomorrow--I was trying to find something I could do tonight to "rein in" the infestation before it took over the whole house. Thanks, everyone.
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they're building tiny ships as we speak...
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