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Old 08-28-2009, 03:16 AM   #101
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Someone had mentioned WD-40 in one post and another person asked about the removal of "sticker" adhesive off of bowls.

WD-40 will work nicely for removing price mark stickers off most merchandise. Simply spray onto the label and let it penetrate the paper for a few minutes and then it should lift off, easily. Use more WD-40 to clean up any remaining residue.

On plastic labels or paper labels that have a coating that prevents the WE-40 from rapidly penetrating through the surface, pick up a corner and spray a little under that corner and keep working it using the WD-40 as a solvent to get more and more of the label up and then finish residue removal as previously mentioned.

PS, I used to be in the label business - worked for AVery Dennison for 29 years.

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Old 08-28-2009, 09:39 AM   #102
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the boric acid, sugar and water slurry seems to be working but just in case i got terro liquid trays.
msmofet, you don't need to use water with the boric acid and sugar. Just sprinkle a line or two around where you see the ants. They pick it up and carry it back for the queen. I use it all the time and it works so well. Also pet friendly. Our dog will eat anything and the vet assures me this is harmless to him.
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:16 PM   #103
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msmofet, you don't need to use water with the boric acid and sugar. Just sprinkle a line or two around where you see the ants. They pick it up and carry it back for the queen. I use it all the time and it works so well. Also pet friendly. Our dog will eat anything and the vet assures me this is harmless to him.
thank you no water just a 50/50 mix of boric acid and sugar? i also have been using those Tero ant trays.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:18 PM   #104
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the ants i have seem to be more interested in meat, and or drippings. they bypass cake on the counter. what's up with that.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:23 PM   #105
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the ants i have seem to be more interested in meat, and or drippings. they bypass cake on the counter. what's up with that.
some ants are drawn to grease/savory and some have a sweet tooth. for the ones that go after the meat and grease you can mix boric acid with peanut butter or bacon drippings (fat) and that should take care of them. i also think the Tero ant trays work on both.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:33 AM   #106
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Sorry msmofet, just saw your question. Yes 50/50 boric acid and icing sugar. Works everytime. I had a terrible time with ants this summer. It was a record year here for them. I can ignore them outside for the most part but if they show up in my house its WAR!
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:37 AM   #107
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My biggest thing around here are fruit flies. Those suckers just don't want to die sometimes. If you have a fruit fly problem, slice a piece of banana (preferably ripe) and put it in a small bowl. Cover the bowl very tightly with plastic wrap and use a threading needle to poke tiny holes in the top. The fruit flies will go in, but they will not be able to go out. Leave it on the counter for a few hours and see the magic.

If there are no fruit flies in the bowl but they are still in your kitchen or hovering around the bowl, try making the holes a tad bit larger. But not too large, otherwise they will get out. A toothpick is too large.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:51 AM   #108
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Sorry msmofet, just saw your question. Yes 50/50 boric acid and icing sugar. Works everytime. I had a terrible time with ants this summer. It was a record year here for them. I can ignore them outside for the most part but if they show up in my house its WAR!
icing sugar? do you mean the super fine powdered/confectioners sugar (usually with cornstarch added) for dusting tops of desserts?
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My biggest thing around here are fruit flies. Those suckers just don't want to die sometimes. If you have a fruit fly problem, slice a piece of banana (preferably ripe) and put it in a small bowl. Cover the bowl very tightly with plastic wrap and use a threading needle to poke tiny holes in the top. The fruit flies will go in, but they will not be able to go out. Leave it on the counter for a few hours and see the magic.

If there are no fruit flies in the bowl but they are still in your kitchen or hovering around the bowl, try making the holes a tad bit larger. But not too large, otherwise they will get out. A toothpick is too large.
great tip! thank you
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:41 AM   #110
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icing sugar? do you mean the super fine powdered/confectioners sugar (usually with cornstarch added) for dusting tops of desserts?
My bag says icing sugar. No cornstarch, just powdered sugar.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:44 AM   #111
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My bag says icing sugar. No cornstarch, just powdered sugar.
ok thanks. that will be messy that stuff flys easy!! LOL
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:00 PM   #112
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I just buy ant bait boxes. Most claim to be pet safe, but I do place them where my geriatric canine cannot reach (often her food is the attraction, but I have an appliance cart near her feeding area that she cannot get under, and place it under that). Some brands come 3 to a package and I place them where I've seen the ants and where I've seen them in the past (in the pantry, on a windowsill). I do this maybe twice a year. The weirdest thing about living here is I can never find the trail and trace it to an outdoor source (in FLorida I used to trace it to its outdoor source and spray that, just wiping up the ants that made it into the house). As with the boric acid, the ants don't die in the house, they take the bait back to the nest and kill the community. I used to use boric acid against roaches, but it can be messy.
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:09 PM   #113
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I am new to this site and would like to say hello. Another remedy for black ants is borax and sugar. Put it on small pieces of wax paper where they are getting in. They will drink it and take it back to the nest. No more ants. Also as crewsk said Skin so Soft does work for mosquitos but baby oil can clog up your skin.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:49 PM   #114
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For fruit flies......put some....maybe 1/2 cup cider vinegar in a shallow dish....add two or three drops of dishwashing detergent....stir.....watch those suckers go for it!!!!...LOL.....a day or two should do it....
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:48 PM   #115
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That's interesting Ella. My sister who lives in Burlington, Ont. gave me this recipe. 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, squirt of dish soap and 1 teaspoon of sugar. It works really well but it sounds like your remedy is just as good!
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:20 PM   #116
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Let me know what you think victoriabc
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:43 PM   #117
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Hello Claire,

To exterminate ants in the house, cut a few small pieces of cardboard into 1" squares and put a drop or two of ant exterminator killer spray on each placing the cardboard pieces around the kitchen or wherever the ants are seen. Three or four pieces are all that is needed. Be sure to place these cardboard pieces where pets and children cannot reach them. Boric acid is poisonous.

Ive found a good article with a video that helps to kill ants the natural way. Look here Killing Ants The Natural Way!
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:29 PM   #118
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Hi. I've been gone for a while, but would like to offer a couple of tips:

To avoid rust stains when storing aerosol cans, stand them upside down on their plastic lids, and

when baking, put the empty bag from the mix, or the butter wrapper beside the bowl for use as a spoon/spatula rest and discard when finished.

Thanks for the fruit fly remedies.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:16 PM   #119
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To clean really grungy gas stove grates, stainless steel pans and outdoor grill grates get a large plastic bag. Insert the dirty things and pour in a cup of ammonia. Seal the bag very well and leave it outside overnight. Or sometimes I leave it in the bathtub. In the morning the grunge will wipe off. If it should be extremely (and I mean nuke level) grime do the treatment again. But I have never seen grime that this won't lift off. Caveat: this treatment may also lift special coatings on some pans.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:35 AM   #120
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This is how i solve ants issue. We use clove. Pack your clove into small packet with holes. Leave it to places that is affected with ants. Less than 3 days... no more ants.
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