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Old 06-05-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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What is the best way to cover the weep holes on a brick house? I've been fighting ants that like to use them for highways and don't want other bugs crawling in to make a nest. My dad just uses silicone and a piece of screen to cover them. Is there anything better that ants will not go through?

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Weep holes are there for a reason. I wouldn't cover them up.

As for keeping ants out, I hear they won't cross a line of citrus oil.

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Stuff them with stainless steel wool (like scrub pads). Do not under any circumstance close them off to air.
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What about rope? That seems to be how I have seen them in the past. I would not think that they are there for air ventilation, more in case water were to get behind there, right? Doesn't the foundation step up behind it where the sill goes?
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Yes, on newer construction I've seen rope in the holes that the masons use while laying the brick. I was going to suggest the same (soaked in citrus oil!!!!)
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Where do you get citrus oil? I checked at Lowes and they didn't know either.
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Perhaps a larger nursery in your area. Also the chemical name for citrus oil is d-Limonene so check for that too.
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If you use cotton rope soaked in citrus oil, you are not doing any good. You may as well plug them with mortar. I have already told you the correct way to fix it.
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Thanks, I'm planning to try the citrus oil just to see if it will stop the ants. I found some fine stainless steel screen with tiny holes that I cut into patches. I plan to use clear silicone to glue them over the holes. The holes are so small I'm not sure ants can get through it, pretty sure the queen can't get through so they should not nest in the wall. Thanks for all the advice. Stan.
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If you use cotton rope soaked in citrus oil, you are not doing any good. You may as well plug them with mortar. I have already told you the correct way to fix it.
Why do you say rope is like mortar? Or is there something else I'm missing?
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Stan, why make it harder than it is? Take some stainless steel wool, twist it down into a pointy rod and stick it in the hole. Done! Forever! No reapplying citrus, no ugly ass silicone patches that peel off in a year, and no mold from clogging the weeps.
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I figured I'd add a bit more to what I found through my searches. I couldn't see spending over $100 for store bought covers when I found the SS screen real cheap so the whole job may end up costing $15.

I think this is the best looking store bought product I found.
http://www.bugoutweepholes.com/articlesquotes.html
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Take some stainless steel wool, twist it down into a pointy rod and stick it in the hole.
Do you think ants can still get through the steel wool? I have some and may try it out. Right now there are so many ants trying to get in that I could put one of each up and see which one keeps them out.
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No they won't get through it. Here is an example:

http://stores.sobodistribution.com/Detail.bok?no=411

Do you have head joint weeps or tube weeps (how big is the hole?)
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The mortar was left out between two bricks along the bottom row so the gap is about 3/8"x3.5" tall. About every third brick has a hole.

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