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Old 01-03-2016, 07:19 AM
 
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I brought my houseplants in from the deck before a cold night. Didn't treat for ants before doing so. What is the best product to use to treat them now? I've seen what happens when they winter inside a potted plant... In the past I've used Home Defense... Thank you in advance for any suggestions...
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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My parents swore by using nothing but corn meal to get rid of ants. Said they'll carry it back to their colony and it will kill them all. All I know is we moved in their house and haven't seen any ants. It's also safe if you have other pets, youngsters or "grand" youngsters around that might get into it.
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Old 01-09-2016, 01:17 AM
 
Location: US
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Terro works well.
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Old 01-11-2016, 02:00 PM
 
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The cornflour thing has some weight.


I also remember that sprinkling it about deters them because they cant walk properly


Ive got ants at the moment and im dealing with it by getting rid of what theyre after


which in my case is the catfood


ive stood the dry stuff in a bowl of water (they drown) and removing all food and food bowls immediately


I spray flyspray if I wake up and find a hoard on a breadcrumb
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:24 PM
 
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You may want to check out this sticky in the House forum:

Do it yourself roach, flea, bedbug, spider and pest control

I hate ants!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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The cornflour thing has some weight.


I also remember that sprinkling it about deters them because they cant walk properly


Ive got ants at the moment and im dealing with it by getting rid of what theyre after


which in my case is the catfood


ive stood the dry stuff in a bowl of water (they drown) and removing all food and food bowls immediately


I spray flyspray if I wake up and find a hoard on a breadcrumb
I have used both of these "ant free" pet food bowls, with success:

Pet Supplies : Ant Free Pet Bowls 2 Pack for $ 31.90 : Ant Proof Pet Bowl : Amazon.com

Pet Supplies : Petmate Jumbo Fool-A-Bug Bowl 23308, Assorted Colors : Food Bowls : Amazon.com

They are both big for cats. Sometimes I put a regular small cat bowl inside the big ant-free bowl.

The more expensive one seems to work a little better. My ants can't figure out how to climb it. I can't figure out exactly why it is so expensive, but I was so frustrated with unwelcome ants that I gladly paid the price for it.
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Old 01-13-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: My little patch of Earth
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Terro works well.
Ditto's!
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Old 01-13-2016, 03:39 PM
 
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My budget wont stretch to $30 cat bowls


at the moment im really struggling with em theyre everywhere on the floor


one tiny speck of cat food and theres an entire chain going from the front door through the living room into the kitchen then back out the kitchen door
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:23 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I only use organics and make my own spray from feverfew daisy, aka pyrethrum, It grows in my yard and in many of the yards that I maintain. Pyrethrum is a natural and affective insect control. The plant is both an insecticidal and a medicinal thus the name Feverfew. If I have an ant problem, I spray a mix of the plant and dish soap along their trails and if the nest is visible, all over the nest to the point of saturation and in just a few short minutes, the ants are dead. Works on all insects, so caution on using it on bee attracting plants. I plant it along the perimets of the house and as a companion for roses and citrus, it keeps the ants away and along with that, the aphids and scale that ants utilize. For dogs a good home made dog shampoo can be made with the feverfew plant and or flowers that have been steeped in hot water, strained then added to a good dog shampoo. Though they already do make a dog flea shampoo made with pyrethrum.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:23 PM
 
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My budget wont stretch to $30 cat bowls


at the moment im really struggling with em theyre everywhere on the floor


one tiny speck of cat food and theres an entire chain going from the front door through the living room into the kitchen then back out the kitchen door
The cheaper bowl is $8.01. I don't know why the other type of bowls are only sold in 2-packs, but they are. I was able to use 2 of them, so the price was not quite as bad on a per-bowl basis. I get the budget thing, though.

Have you tried spraying Windex on their ant trail? my brother swears by that method, says it covers the scent that the other ants follow.

Did I mention I hate ants??

If only they made a fly-proof bowl, I would be all set....
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