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Old 04-25-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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As shown in the pic:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c200/shanzhu/001.jpg

These ants are slightly larger than fire ants in Texas. They look
red on upper body and black on lower body. I have been
seeing these ants around my house (north of Dallas) for many
years. Unlike fire ants, they do not bite/sting.

I have used many types of ants killing granules, sprays and baits and
I failed to eradicate them. They will die with spray but will come back.

From what I can see, they are not attracted by the Terro liquid baits
and a few other solid baits.

They do not have mounts on the ground. I tried to trace them to see
where they go and they seem to vanish either in the ground with
a lot of tree leaves or between house bricks on the other end.

I also found that they like to stay in rotten wood and they do not
normally carry/move stuff with them.

Anyone knows what type of the ants there are? How to completely
remove them?

Thanks,

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Old 04-25-2014, 10:02 PM   #2
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Sorry I don't know what kind they are, but get some Diatomaceous Earth and sprinkle it on the ground where you see them. I've used it on ants and it worked well.

http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

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Old 04-26-2014, 01:27 AM   #3
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Nope....never met them before. But then again, I'm not that good with faces.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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is that product more effective than the ant granules sold in
big box store? It looks like it is safer but I want something
really effective. I suspect without effective bait, the queen
can be not killed. I used bait method for many other types
of ants effectively but not this one. Still searching.

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Sorry I don't know what kind they are, but get some Diatomaceous Earth and sprinkle it on the ground where you see them. I've used it on ants and it worked well.

http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp
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I'm no expert but I've have been dealing with ants lately. Those look like Florida Carpenter Ants which are also called "red and black" carpenter ants.
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Being that your in Texas, and you have never seen them before. I would guess Raspberry Ants aka crazy ants.


but its a guess..
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Does that DE only kill the ones in contact with it or is it taken back to the mound/queen?
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looks like Bill and his twin,Harry
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I also found that they like to stay in rotten wood and they do not normally carry/move stuff with them.

Anyone knows what type of the ants there are? How to completely
remove them?

Thanks,

SZ


I agree, some type of carpenter ant native to your location. They look like wood eaters. I wouldn't want them around my house.

Take one to your local county extension agrcultural department or pest control exterminator for identification. They should be able to give you the best advice on what they are and how to get rid of them. Just a suggestion.

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Looks like an acrobat ant to me. I've used Delta Dust successfully before on them indoors and out.
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I can tell you what not to try.
DON'T use an oxy-acetylene torch to try to burn them out...I burned down an entire section of a park at Grapevine Lake using a torch to rid myself of ants one time. Helluva fire it was too!!!
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They seem to be carpenter ants, SZ. I would try to take care of this issue as soon as possible.
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Yes, the one on the bottom is named Freddy. Sorry, I don't know the one on the top.
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I had an Ant problem. They started showing up in my kitchen. I watched videos about borax and found Terro was very popular. Got three types of Terro at Home Depot and looked at the label when I got home. Guess Terro likes borax as well since it is the active ingredient.

My Ant problem was solved in three days and visibly gone in five hours. I found the trail outside and placed a pop bottle cap of the liquid in it beside the trail then poured the liquid all around the trail and on top of the ants. They kept walking past the Terro until the scouts found it then wham it was like liquid crack to those ants.. they don't die instantly but take it back to the nest and the whole nest dies... It really worked good so I used the rest of my purchase on the ant hills all around my yard. Have not seen an Ant since...

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