A bad year for Ants

@millie02 (6907)
United Kingdom
June 13, 2017 5:25am CST
We are having a dry summer so far in the UK and this means we are getting lots of ants. There are several nests in our back garden and we are starting to get them indoors. Do you have trouble with Ants where you live, and how do you get rid of them?
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@LadyDuck (163958)
• Switzerland
13 Jun 17
We had a very wet Spring but the ants are everywhere and sometimes they come inside. I buy ant traps and I place the traps at the four corners of the rooms, in a few days the ants disappear.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
We have started to use ant traps and so far they seem to be working.
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@LadyDuck (163958)
• Switzerland
15 Jun 17
@millie02 I am glad they work, because in early Spring I had a sort of ants invasion in the kitchen.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 17
@LadyDuck I get worried when I find any sort of insect in the kitchen because they may get into the food.
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@HazySue (21937)
• United States
18 Jun 17
We do have an ant problem every now and then. We end up having to go to Lowes and get some kind of ant killer.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 17
Do you use the ant powder or the liquid one?
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@HazySue (21937)
• United States
20 Jun 17
@millie02 he usually uses the power one.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
21 Jun 17
@HazySue How does that work?
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@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 17
I have lots in the garden and I treat them with ant powder. So far they haven't found their way into the house.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
We use powder outside and it does seem to work. Do you ever get flying ants?
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@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
@millie02 I think the flying ones are the queens, but I'm not sure.
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@EMuhungi (1733)
• Nairobi, Kenya
13 Jun 17
It is raining here so we are not experiencing that problem.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
Has it stopped raining yet?
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@EMuhungi (1733)
• Nairobi, Kenya
17 Jun 17
@millie02 We are on a rainy season. But soon it will.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun 17
@EMuhungi How long does the rainy season last?
@JustBhem (39383)
• Davao, Philippines
13 Jun 17
My brothers set them on fire. Isn't cruelty?
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
I have heard of people pouring boiling water on them. Maybe people had to do this sort of thing before ant traps were invented.
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@JustBhem (39383)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Jun 17
@millie02 I see.
@Tampa_girl7 (25868)
• United States
15 Jun 17
So far we haven't, but most years we do.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun 17
How have you got rid of them in the past?
@Hate2Iron (7950)
• Canada
13 Jun 17
I haven't seen any inside but there are some pretty big ones outside that I keep my distance from lol!
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
Lets hope those big one stay outside.
@Chellezhere (1395)
• United States
13 Jun 17
Here in Virginia, we haven't had any ant problems (yet), but my friend had a ton of problems with them while he was still living in Florida. Fire ants were the problem, and they weren't all in the ant hills in his yard. The air conditioner repairman discovered a colony in his outside air conditioner unit. So, my friend had to call an exterminator before he could get his air conditioner repaired. The same thing happened the next year.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
This sounds terrible , did it cost a lot of money to solve the problem?
@JohnRoberts (60203)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Jun 17
Fortunately, no ant issues though there were times in the past when they tried marching into the house. Just be careful with trash.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
They do seem to be attracted to rubbish bins.
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@DWDavis (11681)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
13 Jun 17
I read a response to a similar problem recently where the member suggested placing a thin line of cornmeal along the path the ants are using. If they eat it, they can't digest it, and they starve. The biggest plus is, no harsh pesticides. Here is an article from LifeHack about it.
Summer's around the corner, and the bugs are out in force. If you have an ant problem on your hands, cornmeal is a safe, surprisingly-effective way to get rid of them.
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
Never heard of using cornmeal, maybe I should try it. Thanks for the link.
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@prashu228 (25797)
• India
13 Jun 17
yes we too face this problem in summers due to dry weather. They gather as much food as they can for rainy season
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@millie02 (6907)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 17
How do you get rid of them?
@marlina (74965)
• Canada
21 Jun 17
No problems right now, but it is only the first day of summer.