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Old 04-05-2019, 02:05 PM   #16
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Isn't your area somewhat desert-like? Good luck with the endless ants.
What's great about Terro (if it works) is that it gets the ants that are actually the source of the problem; otherwise you go on this pogrom against likely colonies, and kill the innocent and spare the guilty to raid again.
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What's great about Terro (if it works) is that it gets the ants that are actually the source of the problem; otherwise you go on this pogrom against likely colonies, and kill the innocent and spare the guilty to raid again.
Speaking of Raid. . . , I'm afraid of pesticides that kill the liver, with good reason. But, I do use Raid's small, flat containers of arsenic. I use them rarely, usually when the ants come in from the first rain, & tape them down so they can't be played with by ever curious animals.

I figure as long as they don't come in contact with water, like by the sink, they're pretty safe.
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I have those tiny ants in my rented apt. Last summer they would come and go. Very tiny, I would squish them whenever I saw one. I tried cinnamon, boric acid powder, spray - nothing. Finally got some ant buttons. It seems to have slowed them down a bit. But like I said, they come and go, so we'll see.

This year they are also coming out in the bathroom upstairs - the south wall of the kitchen is below the north wall of the bathroom, so they are climbing up.

After spending winters in AL with the "palmetto bugs" I am happy that tiny ants is the only pest problem in the house.
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I remember this loony dude back in Diamond Bar in 1988, who bought three gallons of UNDILUTED diazinon, which, he told me, sprayed UNDILUTED around his house to kill the ants.

Bet the health car providers will flip their beehives over that one . . . .
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Here’s some of that Terro ant bait

Waiting

Mua ha ha ha ha ha
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What has worked the best for me is to put one of the metal ant stakes inside the floor of the cabinet under the sink. They have a 1/4" access hole to the bait that the ants take back to the nest. No pet is going to get to the bait and get accidentally poisoned.
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Here’s some of that Terro ant bait

Waiting

Mua ha ha ha ha ha
Look up the chemical, it's basically Borax. Ha!
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Look up the chemical, it's basically Borax. Ha!
Borax with bait.

We'll see if it makes a difference.
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Well time to bring this thread back to the front, my kitchen is under attack, little black ants. I have been a fan of Terro for years battling carpenter ants but more reading is telling me I'm using the wrong one. I should be using Terro plus and will research more and pick some up.

Back to the little b-turds. Fortunately the liquid Terro I have seems to be perfect for these little guys/gals. I had a couple of bait stations out, clip the end type, but discovered if it is out too long it becomes a fly trap, sticky which defeats the "kill the queen" approach. I saw they were getting stuck inside so quickly baited several pads in that area with fresh bait. Wow, they soon arrived in the hundreds. I added more pads to provide more seats at the table.

When I went to bed they were actively feeding so I just left them alone. In the morning they were all gone, not dead, just gone, which is a perfect result. I removed the old bait station and examined it, over 100 inside dead. Replaced that spot with a piece of gloss cardboard and a few drops of new Terro. Refreshed other pads and waited and soon they started arriving. Currently a full house at the baited pads with a trail of ants coming and going. I read that a large colony may take several days to weeks depending upon size.

I will update and i have pictures.

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We have had and till do have the small black ants and we do have the torro out fro them to get. We also have some larger black ants about the size between the small ants and half the size of the larger carpenter ants. Can't figure out how to get rid of them.
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Well, I must be winning for now. Two days of well over 100, too many to count, and today peak number was about 50, but really sparse compared to before. Again all gone by dusk so I'll wait until tomorrow morning to see how many show up. Hopefully I will be able to eliminate the entire colony but haven't been so lucky with the carpenter ants. I always get their numbers down to where I rarely see any but each spring they come back. maybe the different version of the Terro will work better.

For now the little black ones are doing as they should and carrying the poison back to the others.

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Fun facts about ant bait. Borax is toxic to ants. It kills the bacteria that the ants use to digest food so the colony starves to death when they bring it back.
Mix 1/4 cup of corn syrup with a teaspoon of borax or boric acid and put in bottle caps. Terro ant bait is nothing more than borax mixed with sugar water. Buy a 5 lb box of "20 Mule Team" Borax in the laundry soap isle. Enough for 10 years of ant bait.

Sometimes you will come across ants that favor protein over sugar. These can be harder to get rid of with borax. Try mixing with cheese sauce, powdered milk, etc...
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Fun facts about ant bait. Borax is toxic to ants. It kills the bacteria that the ants use to digest food so the colony starves to death when they bring it back.
Mix 1/4 cup of corn syrup with a teaspoon of borax or boric acid and put in bottle caps. Terro ant bait is nothing more than borax mixed with sugar water. Buy a 5 lb box of "20 Mule Team" Borax in the laundry soap isle. Enough for 10 years of ant bait.

Sometimes you will come across ants that favor protein over sugar. These can be harder to get rid of with borax. Try mixing with cheese sauce, powdered milk, etc...
Might experiment . . .
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