Time to call in the big guns

United States
July 27, 2016 12:47pm CST
No, this isn't about gun control or lack of it. It's about how we've tried and failed at killing off the ant population living in our kitchen. We surrender, we're waiving the white flag. We were 'ant-less' for two weeks...no problems, no signs of those little critters. Yesterday morning I had a piece of toast with Strawberry Preserves. After I ate I put the plate and knife on the counter next to the sink. There was a small dab of preserves on the plate. Off to the grocery store we went, secure in knowing the house was bug-free. WRONG! When we came home that plate was covered with about 100 tiny (and I mean tiny) ants. We got out the supposed miracle stuff we used a few weeks ago - drink it and then carry it back to feed others in their group. I guess they invited strangers from other counties or whatever and by yesterday evening there had to be 200 of them sucking up that ant killing liquid. This morning I threw in the towel. I told my husband to call the bug man. I guess bug men are very busy because he can't get here until Friday morning. That's OK, we'll survive - not sure how the ants will. Photo: pixabay.com/en/ant-insect-plage-ban-protection-1465060/
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@Micmac (9428)
27 Jul 16
Sounds like the invasion or revenge attack of the ants. I had a swarm of ants in the kitchen last summer, but thankfully this summer they have disappeared so far. I don't know if they will return next month or not. I just sprinkle comet around and that helps a bit to ward them off.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
Where they are coming from we can't get to - this is the first time we've had an ant problem. I think it has to do with the dry conditions.
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@Micmac (9428)
27 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill Yes, they do hide in areas where it's hard to find them. Hope the bug man will get rid of them soon.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
@Micmac We may have to put the bug man on the payroll LOL!
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@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I encountered such a problem in my kitchen a few weeks ago and wasted no time calling Servall. The lady came in and squirted some stuff(was like caulking) in the area where we saw the most ants, and the ants swarmed around eating the stuff and then disappeared and I haven't seen any since. She called it ant bait.
• United States
27 Jul 16
Ours are coming in under the counter between the sink and dishwasher. The stuff we are using is a bait also..but I hope their is stronger bait!
@clrumfelt (5428)
• United States
27 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill There are lots of home remedies for getting rid of ants. A few are to sprinkle cayenne pepper around the places where you see them, spray a lemon juice and water solution around, or spread dry grits around the places where you see them. I've never tried any of these but next time I see an ant I'll try them before I call Servall.
• United States
27 Jul 16
@clrumfelt I don't want all that on my countertop where I prepare food they are only in one place
@LadyDuck (175700)
• Switzerland
29 Jul 16
I have never understood where the ants come from. There are days that there are plenty near the sink and the day after they all disappeared. I have ants traps and a spray that work very well. I hope you can get rid of them.
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• United States
29 Jul 16
The spray is only killing the ones you see on the spot. It's getting to their 'home' nest or whatever they call it. We were antless for two weeks - maybe they were all at your house then.
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@LadyDuck (175700)
• Switzerland
29 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill Yes, they were at my house. Today I have seen none, but I know that they moved to your house now.
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• United States
29 Jul 16
@LadyDuck They are heading back to Switzerland now - the bug guy was here and sprayed the whole house, inside and out, basement too.
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I got rid of ours, we were fine for a week or so, and then they retaliated. I made another batch of poison and they ignored it for the longest time. Eventually one or two took the bait. But it wasn't a mass killing like the first time. Now we still have a few wandering around the counter. I think I've given up, too.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I set up a second 'buffet line' a few mins. ago. They don't like it when i'm in the kitchen - it riles them up
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@Genipher (5146)
• United States
27 Jul 16
@AbbyGreenhill Our second batch seemed the same way. They're weren't as "scared" as their predecessors.
@Susan2015 (21673)
• United States
29 Jul 16
Several years ago I had to call as they were coming up the side of the house. They were getting in through the small holes under the window sills. I sealed it all up. He put stuff down. Not fun finding an ant in the closet on my top.
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• United States
29 Jul 16
In your closet...these guys stay in the kitchen. They aren't coming in thru the kitchen window, it's perfectly sealed. My guess is up from the basement. The guy will be here in a few hours, should be interesting to see what he does.
@JudyEv (134533)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jul 16
The tiny ants always seem the hardest to get rid of for some reason.
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• United States
28 Jul 16
The big ones would probably just carry the house away.
@andriaperry (58421)
• United States
27 Jul 16
Once this guy sprayed for ants up the walls of the house, said " if they cant get in from below they will come from above: meaning using trees and lines to get in and they do, after that no problems for years. till I painted the house.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
No trees around the house - no lines, they are all under ground.
@nomus24g (24843)
• India
27 Jul 16
the Pest-control guys should end the ant menace soon
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I sure hope so - I was just trying to save some money LOL!
• Eugene, Oregon
27 Jul 16
We seem to be sitting on an ant hill and each time they invade we use some stuff called Terro to bait them. It seems to work since hundreds flock to it, take it home and disappear from the house.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I think that's the stuff we are using right now. It only kept them away a few weeks. We don't know where they are coming into the house - if it's the basement we would never be able to figure that out.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jul 16
I hope he can figure out where they are getting in at
• United States
27 Jul 16
That's t job!
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• Rochester, New York
27 Jul 16
Ugh I hate dealing with ants. Once one comes they all feel the need to come.
• United States
27 Jul 16
I think they are having a party