My Battle ....

@rakski (16266)
Philippines
April 11, 2018 3:20am CST
Hello everyone. I have been battling the past days. There have been infestation of small red ants in my kitchen counter top. Almost two weeks ago, I can still leave the small trash can for wet trash on the counter top but just recently I noticed that they seem to be fond of roaming around there. Even a very, very small bit piece of food and less than an hour later, the ants are there partying. So now I am not using the trash can anymore and I have to wipe the counter top with a little soap, water and bleach several times a day. I am still looking for their nest but I cannot find it yet. Can you give me suggestions of what to do?
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@MALUSE (40229)
• Germany
11 Apr
Can you divert them by putting some food for them in the garden or in the yard?
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
okay, that is an idea. I will try to do that @ MALUSE thanks!!
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@MALUSE (40229)
• Germany
11 Apr
@rakski I try to avoid killing animals but if you feel that this is the only solution then you can put a bowl with sugar water (or stir some jam into it) into the garden. They will climb into the bowl to get to it and drown. Drop me a line if it works. :-)
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@MALUSE I do not like to kill animals. But at times they get to my nerves as they became the first servings of our food. lol I will try that jam thanks @MALUSE
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@nomus24g (22973)
• India
11 Apr
that's sad...we use gamaxin powder..
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I do not think we have that here.
@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@nomus24g positive that we don't have that kind here but I am trying to search on alternatives thanks@nomus24g
@nomus24g (22973)
• India
11 Apr
@rakski hmmm.. I see
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@mlgen1037 (29654)
• Manila, Philippines
11 Apr
I hate ants too. We have these small red ants in the bathroom area and I am annoyed. I sprayed it with baking soda and water.
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@mlgen1037 did it terminate them? Or did they come back?
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@mlgen1037 (29654)
• Manila, Philippines
11 Apr
@rakski it did for quite some time and then they came back again.
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@ivanituut (1937)
11 Apr
Kill the ant trail
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I did. and clean the whole kitchen surface but even in a very teeny weeny drop of something, minutes after they are there to party. lol
@ivanituut (1937)
11 Apr
@rakski Okay good job my friend
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@Jessabuma (28519)
• Baguio, Philippines
11 Apr
To effectively get rid of ants in your home , you need to include indoor and outdoor sanitation as well as an actual pesticide treatment to kill the ants for example vinegar or coffee grounds and peppermint oil..
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
well, it is actually in the kitchen counter top that they like to go. I do not see them outside or in my small garden, lol. My kids does not like the smell of vinegar but I will try it tonight. where can I buy that coffee peppermint oil? @Jessabuma
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@Jessabuma (28519)
• Baguio, Philippines
11 Apr
@rakski I mean coffee grounds or peppermint oil..
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@Jessabuma oh okay. I will try that too! thanks
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@Shavkat (62704)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I sometimes burned or splash hot water in their abode.
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I tried that too. But the next day, they are back. I cannot find their nests though
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@Shavkat (62704)
• Philippines
11 Apr
@rakski Uhm I ran out of an idea.lol Let us call a pest control agency.
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
12 Apr
@Shavkat I sure will if I really cannot control them. For now, I will try different measures suggested here.
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@Courage7 (6007)
• United States
11 Apr
I put down lots of spice called Cinnamon and this made the ants go away.
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Oh really? I will try rhat. Thanks
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@Courage7 (6007)
• United States
11 Apr
@rakski Welcome hope it works
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
12 Apr
@Courage7 I hope so too.
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• United States
11 Apr
You know what worked for me was those ant bait traps. After a while you just see less and less of them.
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
12 Apr
ok. This is the first time I heard about ant bait traps. I will try to research on them.thanks @Metsrock69
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@Icydoll (19894)
• India
11 Apr
Have you tried cloves and salt
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I have tried salt but there is no effect on them. I will try cloves
11 Apr
Ants are mostly active in summer time because that's the only season they can gather their food. They can't tolerate rain and cold. I use a chalk stick which we call "Laxman Rekha". You can ask for chalk sticks(For ants and small worms) in your local market. It may have a different name. Draw lines with the help of that stick all around your food items in every 2 days. Ants will hesitate to cross that line. Those ants who are brave enough to cross the line they will automatically die after sometime. If ants are heavy you can use this stick regularly. Always make sure to wash your hands using antiseptic liquids/soaps thoroughly after using this chalk stick as its a chemical.
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Okay. I will try to look for the ant chalk. Thank you
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@iridion9 (7288)
• Philippines
11 Apr
For GOD sake leave the ants alone. ha ha ha LOL
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
I can leave them alone as long as they leave our food alone hahaha c
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@ridingbet (53114)
• Philippines
11 Apr
there is a special kind of chalk that you can draw in to the area where the ants roam. i think you can buy that in DYI store. it is a chalk where the ants cannot pass through. for us, an ant powder /spray is sent by our brother from UK. the small red ant that bit me this morning apparently was able to pass through the spray. hahaha
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@rakski (16266)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Maybe they are immune akready? Lol I will try again the chalk.
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@toniganzon (49989)
• Philippines
11 Apr
Sorry can't help you much but our maid would usually draw a circle on each leg of the table using a chalk. Kept the ants away.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Apr
If my mother was bothered by ants, she would try to follow their trail back to their nest. She always said it was no good just killing them where they happened to be. You need to find the nest and deal with them there.