An Army of Ants Are Invading Us!

@olivemai (4738)
United States
June 19, 2008 3:46am CST
I am preparing to do battle with the Army of ants (by land), the Navy of ants (through the plumbing- sink, bathtub, and now the toilet), the Air Force of ants (through and across the ceiling), and the ant Marines (everywhere)! I am only one person! Do you think I can win? Do you have any strategies that do not involve poison or anything that will trigger my asthma? Please let me know what your tactics are! I will tell you what I am doing as I get some answers! I have experience, but I have never seen them this hungry or stubborn! What in the world could they want from the toilet? We get to fight every winter as the rainy season starts! But now we have a drought! Do you think this a sign of things to come? How bad can it be that the ants do not have enough food? Arrrghhhh!
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
20 Jun 08
There is a product called Terro that I buy in the grocery store and it works perfectly.. It is a clear liquid and you just put one drop on a small piece of cardboard and put it where the ants are coming into the house.. I have them coming in the window and I put a drop on the window sill.. The ants come in by the droves, for just awhile, and eat their fill and then take it back to the nest where it kills the complete nest.. You will have a line of ants feeding off of this liquid for a little while, then you will not see anymore until the next summer.. This has always worked for me, as I have tried Bay leaves, ant traps, and numerous other fixes for them but this is the one that I have used for the last few years and it always works.. Good Luck, for they are an insistant and a busy bunch..
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Is it at the health store? I was thinking of how persistent the ants are! Thanks, I will have to look for it.
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• United States
20 Jun 08
I found mine at the grocery store.. It is colorless, odorless and I don't think that it will bother your Asthma at all.. There are no fumes given off from it.. I put out a small drop of it on a small piece of cardboard and the ants come to it in droves, there is always a small circle of ants, almost like a black circle around the drop of liquid and then they quietly and politely leave and take it to the nest to kill everyone in the nest.. That sounded really cruel, didn't it.. My ants are the very small black ones but it works on them every time, any of the bigger ones, I get my husband to come in and step on them.. If you get the big ones call him and he will come and step on yours for you also.. Hope you find the right answer as they are persistant little pests.. Have a great evening..
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
I know it sounds like I am torturing them! But they can take over in so many hours and it does not seem to stop unless you take an active stance against them! Do you know if it is poison? I thought the baking soda would work in a similar manner, as it is salt and can make most insects explode!
@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
20 Jun 08
Find there hole and stuff with as much softened bar soap as you can and if you can mix in a bit of that powdered ant poisin. I know you said u dint want to use it. The saop will work for a while just keep on plugging the holes. I think the ants like the h2o they use it to grow some kind of funkadelic tiny mushrooms I have heard.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That is interesting! During the nineties, I was growing tomatoes in the kitchen window, and these tiny exotic looking mushrooms sprung up! We did not eat them but wondered where they came from! I do know about the soap sprays, dish soap mixed with water!
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@avidwhit (1492)
• Mexico
21 Jun 08
We have the same ant problems here at times. Your responders have given lots of true information and techique. I do know like mention here that they leave a sent trail. After you have waged your war with whatever be sure to wipe away the sent trail. This will keep them at bay. I have to war them 2 or three times a year as well. hope you win!
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I am winning all the battles but losing the war! The queen keeps sending more and more, smaller and smaller ants my way!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 Jun 08
Use the hose of your vacuum and run it along the baseboards as well as the ants themselves. And get in touch with your landlord. It's really his job to make sure you are not over run like this. Good luck.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
I thank you for your suggestion! My husband has told me in the past, that if the builders put a certain substance in the walls, it will prevent pests from invading and inhabiting the walls! I am always careful though, as we have been in shelters too many times already! Even though the law is meant to protect tenants from being evicted for asking for repairs/etc., it still happens and the most you can do is get six months time waiting for the court date! We really do not want to have to move again! Most everything is fine here, just that I have been nusy with helping my children in school and now I need to focus more on the house! I do think Lou has something there, about the drought making them search for water! Now that you ahve sent an iceberg, and some locusts,oops, I mean grasshoppers, things will cool off again soon!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
20 Jun 08
Hey I've got locusts! They eat ants. Can I send you some? They are really doing a number on our crops and I won't even charge you for them! ROFL
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Are they cousins to grasshoppers? I think I would like some, but I do not want to get kicked out of California! Or arrested for high treason! LOL (Very strict laws here on what you can bring in from other areas.)
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@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
Hi Olivemai, There are lots of ants where I live as well, thankfully they stay outside for the most part. The idea of luring them outsides is great. However if they are looking for water then you have few options! There is no stopping them then. The ants here also move about with the weather, they are very interesting to watch. They manage to disappear long before a storm comes! Good luck with your problem, sorry I don't have any possible solutions for you. You could be right that the ants are a sign of things to come.
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I know what you mean! I kept thinking you are in China, something to do with your nickname! I know in the winter when it is going to rain, the ants let us know by their behavior! They come in before the rain, as they are always prepared! I envy those ants! So do you mean the ants need water too? I know they do not like rain, as it messes with their bodies, but I did not think they want some eater as long as they do not drown in it! I would leave them alone, but I watched them l;ong enough to know that one more day and they would take over the whole house! I can just see them carrying away my body!
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
yeah when it is really dry they going looking for moisture. They do the same thing here (the northern part of Australia)We are not in a drought area, we just have six months without rain and during that time the ants tend to come inside looking for moisture.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That is so weird! here we have a rainy season,and that is when they usually come inside, to get out of the rain! They usually warn us a few hours ahead of the rain, that it is coming! (It does not rain every single day.) It is dryer than normal though, so I guess that is it!
@drannhh (14999)
• United States
19 Jun 08
My method of dealing with ants is to scream for hubby. He is not "green" about his eradication of the critters, but he does keep them away. Once when I was out in the desert a bunch of ants got me when I wasn't paying sufficient attention. There made an anklet around my leg, and were going around and around and then started biting. That is when I noticed. I think they put a curse on me for invading their territory and were marking me, lol. The next time I went back to that place I broke the same ankle. I slid down an embankment and my ankle got caught in a rock. There are not too many rocks in the desert. I really had to work at that one! Good luck with your ants!
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@drannhh (14999)
• United States
19 Jun 08
These were Mohave desert ants. Can't recall ever having been bitten by California ants.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
I do feel them crawling when I "get in the way"!
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Hi Sweetie, My biggest problem is figuring out where they are coming from. The little buggers come in when it's going to storm and also when it's too dry. They are usually the little teeny ones. They were all over the tub when I got up Saturday morning. It is worse because I have a cat that likes to stay in the tub. Thanks for the tip, I will look for it at the store. Carolyn
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
21 Jul 08
The boric acid that is in that stuff works best if it is put inside the walls ! Some builders do that when building a house, as it works on other insects too.
• United States
20 Jul 08
I love the way you described the ants in your home. I have never had that many ants in my home or ants in my bathroom for that matter. I hope you were able to get rid of the ants and fight them off.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I learned about ants in school, how they have their "soldiers" that do a lot of work! I am glad that you like the way I phrased it!
@thaMARKER (3097)
• Philippines
20 Jun 08
I also noticed few red ants coming in my room sometimes. They bite painfully and they live marks on your skin. I hate that. They usually come when there's something sweet hanging in my room, they come for a feast while I'm sleeping. I have this chalk. I don't know its name though but it's a Chinese product I guess and good thing they shoo away.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
I knew I should go visit Chinatown! I can get anything I need there, cheap too! Of course, I can probably get it at the new dollar store that opened last year! The chalk is probably also borax!
@schummi (925)
• India
20 Jun 08
is it...dear...please get in touch with the pesticide guys and let them do work ....i think they know how to handle these things better....
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Thanks for being so nice! I have not been called "dear" in quite some time! I cannot afford anything like that, but I know it works as my parents hired one and I used to follow him through the house asking questions! This is a temporary problem that happens every so often in California! We are in a drought period, and we need some rain dances to fix the problem! It was like this when we moved here and it happens whenever we do not get enough rain during the winter! We are under restrictions, like not being allowed to water the lawn certain times of day, and stuff like that! So the ants must be feeling the drought too! I just never saw ants drink water, or carrying it!
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@cream97 (29176)
• United States
20 Jun 08
I know how you must feel, we have had to battle with these nasty and annoying creatures ourselves.. They come into your home, without a sign or anything.. Plus they bite like crazy.. I don't know if this is a sign to come or not.. I know that I am getting tired of seeing them! I will get rid of them. Ants are no good to have around kids. Plus anyone.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
What do you use to get rid of them? I heard another story yesterday bout how someone would put a cup of jelly outside, so the ants would go back outside and not bother to come in!
@ellie333 (21029)
19 Jun 08
Hi Olivemai, I had an ant problem recently but not as bad as yours but what worked for me was a line of vinegar. Give it a go as it is natural and in most peoples cupboards, what was also suggested was pepper, salt, talc. I in fact put pepper down too but with your asthma maybe not a good idea or the talc, salt would be okay though. Hope you get it sorted soon. Ellie :D
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That is funny, everything I used so far has been making me sneeze! I did not use the vinegar for the table, as it is really a desk and has a blacktop that is slowly getting ruined! that is why I thought of the oil.
• Singapore
19 Jun 08
Lol you got an entire regiment coming for you. I suggest you call the pest busters, you know those guys who kill insects for a living. They will be a good reinforcement for you. There was once i had ants problems too. They creeped though my main door and made their way to their kitchen. Initially i sprayed insecticide, but later on i pitied them. What i did was actually deter them by putting sugar cubes out side. I started with placing them at distance, once they get to it start to place them further away. Soon after they will go away.It will take awhile. It helped me but i can`t say the same for you. Or if you want, you can buy the sticky pads and place sugar cubes on them lure the ants into it. They will get stuck.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I cannot handle the pesticide people! I have used baking soda and now tonight, I put cayenne pepper on them! After all that, I spray them with enough water to mix it up and get them good! I like your idea of luring them back outside! Here in California, it s a statewide problem! I know ants are not as bad as most bugs, but they do not march two by two, rather they march two thousand by two thousand! Who can multiply that quickly before another two thousand show up?