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Old 09-14-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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Default Black Ants and Bathrooms

What is it about Black Ants and Bathrooms. Are they eating toothpaste residue from my sink? Every year, in every house I have lived in, I get these little black ants crawling out of the plumbing and around my bathroom sink. I never have ants of anykind anywhere else (occasionally maybe around the cat food in the garage). Even if I leave dirty plates in the sink overnight, I don't get ants, but in a bathroom with absolutely no food, little black ants. Why?
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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They eat toothpaste. About this time, some of them will have wings. Looking to establish a new nest. ABC does a good job of controlling them for us.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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I think they are also looking for water. We had a bunch of larger ones with wings and I was scared to death we had termites so we called an exterminator. Turns out they were larger ants with wings. At any rate they all hung out in the shower, stayed away from the toothpaste.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We had that problem in our kitchen and bathroom with the little black ants, the exterminator put out poison bait traps that the ants loved. He said it would take several days to kill them, they hauled lots of the bait off to their nest and then vanished after several days. This was about 2 months ago and they have not come back.

The exterminator put out several commercial bait traps and some custom plastic triangular traps that he filled with a clear white poison in what was probably a sugar syrup, I don't know what kind of poison, he said it was safer then what they used in the past, which is why it takes awhile to work.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Round Rock Texas
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I had those ants as well last year. This year, not as much. They are a pain and a relatively "new" species. They are called Rover ants. Baits weren't all that effective. They evaded the bait while eating the sugar. What did work were liquid gel applications. They would eat the gel, and some died on the spot, others wandered off to either die or share with the queen. They will come back in time, however, but another gel application should work. We used a professional exterminating company. Not sure if you can find it retail. But again, rover ants are a big pain and they love bathrooms and kitchens because they contain toothpaste, syrups, and water.
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: in here, out there
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Find where they're coming in and plug the hole.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Buy Terro, works like a charm and it was recommended to me by a pest control guy I was talking to one day.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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Find where they're coming in and plug the hole.
Well, I do need to use the sink occasionally, so don't want to plug up the stopper.
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Old 09-16-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Well, I do need to use the sink occasionally, so don't want to plug up the stopper.
It is far more likely that they are coming in through the holes in the wall where the plumbing pipes penetrate the wall, or cracks near the floor or window openings. You plug one visible hole, they find another one you can't see. The bait or gel traps are the best way to deal with them.
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:12 PM
 
Location: The Woo
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We used the gel to knock out a black ant bathroom incursion a few months ago.
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