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Old 07-29-2007, 09:19 PM   #16
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Take away their preferred food and give then the Terro concoction

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Old 07-30-2007, 05:43 PM   #17
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we already took away their grains and hid our new supply in far off exotic places. they don't seem to like sugary stuff, but we'll try the terro and let you know... thanks
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:48 PM   #18
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Can you describe these ants

Some ants just don't take baits well
The trick is to fool them into taking what you want them to

Different stages in the life cycle of the nest will dictate whether they look for carbs or protein

try mixing a very light boric acid to some of the grains that they like and using that as bait

My grandmother used to shake BA in Fritos because the little black ants seemed to like the grease, it worked well

The other option is finding how they are coming in and trailing them back to their nest

A proper ID is very important, and sometimes difficult
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when you see one. Give it a little honey. It should take the honey back to the nest. Then you can kill them all in one shot.
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thanks, okoee and 747. haven't had a chance to return to this website since last posting. meanwhile the lovely ants are spreading out!

we couldn't find boric acid locally, so we bought borax. we can mix some with apple jelly (which is mostly corn syrup) and some with grains (which I thought of too) and see what happens.

they are about one-eighth inch long, very thin, black, and crawl fairly slowly. we noticed that what appear to be younger ones are a light brown, and babies are almost a transparent beige, matching the color of the grain so we hadn't seen them before. also, they tend to travel alone and come out of hiding in kitchen one at a time.

only the black ones travel out. younger ones were found in sealed jars of oatbran and bags of rice. wonder if they are reproducing there. most of our grains are organic.

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You can buy boric acid at the pharmacy or in the pest control aisle at your local grocery store
What you are calling babies are just one size of a polymorphic species

Borax has a sudsing agent in it that may deter the ants

Are these tiny ants with an almost transparent body and dark to black heads?

Do a search on
Ghost and Pharoah ants

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Oats, huh? I have no idea where these crazy ants are coming from. I checked around outside and nothing. They may be nesting under the siding and coming through the wall and up behind the backspash of the counter. freaky things driving me crazy...raid in ever crevice they can crawl through and they are still coming to visit. Nothing in our cabinets, drawers, under the sink. So, Terro, oats and honey and ewww there will be a huge mound of them on the counter if I do that wont they? funny they don't come out after the sun sets. Usually you would have a trail of them to follow but don't see one anywhere here. Suggestions? Im in Iowa by the way.
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Look for INSECTIGONE. Good stuff for all the tiny crawlers. Makes as tasty treat that they carry home to the queen. Safe for kids and pets if I recall and I think I saw it recently at HD
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Fire ants - Sprinkle a little cornmeal - like two tablespoon fulls - on top of their mound. Ants take it inside and it kills the colony. Also Home Depot or Lowes has cornmeal treated with insecticide called AMDRO that does the job too. Must replenish cornmeal if dew or rain has expanded it.

Now for my question. The big black ants (about quarter inch long) I'm starting to find in the kitchen are few in number like two or three in the early morning so I will start going after them with hints from the above comments. Most amazing thing is the speed which they run and dodge my attack. Is this speed of running normal for carpenter ants?
Maybe I should capture a few and have races.

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