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Old 08-26-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Hi,

I live in Houston, TX. There are hundreds of ants on my patio. They are black ants and red ants all mixed.

I sprinkled some ant killing powder in the garden but no use they are still building houses and wandering around.

Is there any way to stop ants? I am more interested in organic way to stop ants.
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz Xoxocotl√°n, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Are we allowed to post brand names here?

When I lived in Louisiana, there were terrible problems with fire ants. Fire ants are so successful because they can have more than one queen to a nest. Almost anything you do to get rid of them at most just makes them move somewhere in in the yard.

Anyway, there used to be a product called Amdro, which is a bait they take down inside the nest. The stuff really works. Don't know if it's still available or what its impact on the environment might be.
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Maybe research some animals (bugs or whatever) that will eat them? Like how gardeners use lady bugs.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Here in San Diego, we have a severe ant problem. We've tried everything from traps to granules. This is the only thing we found to work: Amazon.com: Combat Ant Killing Gel 27grams: Home Improvement

Combat Gel works very well. Both indoors and out.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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Cinnamon powder?
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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Amdro or other baits will work IF the ants will eat it. The BEST products on the market contain the active ingredient, Fipronil. Or waste time and money with home remedies (cinnamon powder), etc.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: LI/VA/IL
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How about Terro-they have indoor and outdoor traps-they have always worked for us. At the first sign of ants big or small place some outside and inside and wallah ants are gone.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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I've been trying Terro but it hasn't helped. I used the liquid baits first and then the granules. No noticeable difference after 6 weeks.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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We've had success with finding the nest and pouring boiling water onto it repeatedly.
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