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Old 04-29-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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Default Ants - little tiny ones

We are leasing a house out in the hill country. We come from a relatively bug free environment and are clueless when it comes to bug control.

Our house is clean, there is no food laying around and this morning under the sink I found a bunch of tiny ants running around.

Then this afternoon they were all over the counters. I cannot even figure out where they are coming from.

Ideas on how to get rid of them? How to keep them gone?

Also, when one leases a house, is it customary for the property owner to spray for bugs periodically or is that done by the tenant? It is not addressed in my lease agreement and since we have not lived in bug country it did not occur to us to inquire.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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Could they perhaps be from your sink drains?

The best thing I found for ants is Terro liquid. You put a little dot of the liquid on a piece of cardboard and they will swarm out and eat it, and be gone pretty much the next day.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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people call them "sugar ants"....they are pesky little buggers. We are granola-crunching tree-huggers and also have pets, so I didn't use chemicals. A couple weeks of obsessive vigilance (wash every dish immediately, wipe counters several times a day with bleach or vinegar solution, pick up every crumb, don't leave pet food lying around, dry out the sink at night) has been helpful in my experience. Some people claim that sprinkling cinnamon or cloves will repel them, though I've never tried it. If you go the chemical route, I think the boric acid products are supposed to be effective but less toxic to the environment generally.

As for using an exterminator - we rent a house and our landlord doesn't cover it (though, in his own self-interest, he should). We needed one once, and maybe I could have argued the point but I just wanted the crawlies gone, so I paid for it.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The best thing I found for ants is Terro liquid. You put a little dot of the liquid on a piece of cardboard and they will swarm out and eat it, and be gone pretty much the next day.
I agree, Terro works great, although it does look pretty scary the first day when all the ants show up to slurp it up!
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:32 PM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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I have been having problems with these too, since around Sping started. Do not want to spray toxic stuff. They are around the sinks, on the counters, even in the pantry. The house is clean. I've had problems with them in the past but never this bad.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Can Terro be bought at Home Depot?

I sprayed everything including the ants with white vinegar and will continue to do so until I get some of this wonder Kool-aide

The sink drains? They will come out of the sink?????
Ohhh my

My hubs is not a fan of chemicals but ants, roaches etc are just not something I am willing to live with in my home. We no longer have small children so I am not as concerned about the chemicals as I was when we had crawlers etc.

Thanks for the hints
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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We are having the exact same problem all of a sudden. I'll check out Terro. Thanks for posting this!
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, CO
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Yes, i have issues with these little things as well, and it's not just effecting those living in the hillbilly country. Would regular bug spray work for these?


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We are leasing a house out in the hill country. We come from a relatively bug free environment and are clueless when it comes to bug control.

Our house is clean, there is no food laying around and this morning under the sink I found a bunch of tiny ants running around.

Then this afternoon they were all over the counters. I cannot even figure out where they are coming from.

Ideas on how to get rid of them? How to keep them gone?

Also, when one leases a house, is it customary for the property owner to spray for bugs periodically or is that done by the tenant? It is not addressed in my lease agreement and since we have not lived in bug country it did not occur to us to inquire.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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Maybe something unusual with our weather pattern has allowed these to explode in population this Spring. I had to throw out some of my food in the pantry they had infested. But they seem to be around the sinks mostly.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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Oh- did any of you catch this? Rasberry crazy ants starting to appear in Williamson and Travis counties
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