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How to ward off ants in the coming months?

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Old 04-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #11
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I had an exterminator come 2 years ago. We had ants bad. I don't know what he did, but haven't had them since. Lets hope it stays that way this year too.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:51 PM   #12
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These solutions will only work to a certain degree. You haveto know why the ants are coming in, and use an appropriate counter measure.. in the spring, they want away from water. In the summer, they are looking for food / moisture. Now it doesn't help if you have the windows open and a counter top full of dirty dishes. personally I suggest a good insecticide, properly applied. I don't use poisons inside except in the unfinished basement.
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We used outdoor ant bait traps, placed around the foundation of the house. Poison is enclosed in the plastic capsule, has a long stake that anchors it in the ground. No loose poison, kids & pets cannot casually pick up the thing because it is anchored.

A trick to drive them out of places inside the house is to use mint. Before the traps, which seem to have eliminated all house ants, we sprinkled dried mint in the cabinets where the ants were hanging out. Safe, pleasant, nontoxic. If ants start to rediscover our house now that it's been a couple years since the outdoor traps, I'm going to plant various mints all around the foundation.
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My daughter uses downy fabric softener sheets. They seem to work very well around her cat food dishes . Other brands do not seem to work.
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Diatomaceous earth (FOOD GRADE ONLY) kills any and all crawling insects immediately once it has made contact with it. Entirely safe for birds as I dust my chickens with it. You can even kill fleas/mites/ticks with it by dusting your dog or cat or carpet. I usually sprinkle a bit around areas (around sliding doors, cracks, etc.) I know they may show up or put a circle around the legs of BB cage (usually they don't make it that far). REMEMBER FOOD GRADE DE IS SAFE FOR YOU AND PETS!!! There's a "pool grade" version and that can severely hurt you and your pets!

Here's some info on DE if you're curious:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

It has really helped my garden as well! Also a product called Mosquito Barrier which is concentrated garlic juice has helped greatly reduce mosquitoes in my backyard as well! Hope this helps! Cheers!
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:24 AM   #16
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Very interesting. I will have to read up on this some more. My only issue is that I would not want to kill beneficial insects or earth worms. But a very interesting piece of information - thanks for sharing!!


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If you use DE Earth as just a barrier around the house/kitchen/garage, the only insects that will be dead are the ones trying to come inside. It basically acts as barbed wire fencing to insects. Cinnamon can have a similar but less pronounced effect, and is also completely critter safe. You can use it in a focused manner to break the chain to the ant hill. I've even poured it in a paper towel to make clean up easier, and you could do the same to any DE Earth indoors.
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