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Old Yesterday, 09:36 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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Best remedy for such... my husbands homemade recipe.

One part Borax, one part granulated sugar or confectioners sugar.

Mix together, spoon out, carpenter ants be-gone! And quick, too!
They're not going after any food though. My garbage pail isn't far from there and I never see them near it. The ants all disappear behind the cabinets or wander around like they're lost and don't know where to go.
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Normally carpenter ants are attracted to areas where there is damp wood and earth-wood contact. I’m not sure what to make of them being in your dishwasher door! If there is an active nest that has done damage in the home that needs to be found, and corrected/repaired-but generally carpenter ant control and prevention involves perimeter spraying around the outside. We have it done quarterly to protect our very inviting wood deck around the perimeter of our home.
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Old Yesterday, 09:53 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Best remedy for such... my husbands homemade recipe.

One part Borax, one part granulated sugar or confectioners sugar.

Mix together, spoon out, carpenter ants be-gone! And quick, too!
An easier, and safer, ant killer that my parents used for years is plain old corn meal. Ants carry it back to the colony and it kills them all. Plus it's safe if you have any two or four legged "youngsters" running around the house that might get in it. Just put small piles around where you see their trails.
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Old Yesterday, 10:00 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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None of the wood on my house is at soil level, and the house is surrounded by pavers on 3 sides.. I do have a deck outside attached to the house but its pretreated wood. Isn't that supposed to repel ants and termites?
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Old Yesterday, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I think you ought to find out what you have and where they’re coming from. I would call a pest company at this point.
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Old Yesterday, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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...and the house is surrounded by pavers on 3 sides.. I do have a deck outside attached to the house but its pretreated wood. Isn't that supposed to repel ants and termites?


Well, that could be a potential problem. Pavers help retain moisture- ants, termites love those moist and warm areas- and you're bringing them right to the foundation.

"Pressure treated" lumber is treated to repel insects. However, where and how it's attached could create an environment that inviting.
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Old Yesterday, 02:52 PM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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oh frick.. I'll guess I'll call an exterminator.. I don't think this is going to be a do it yourself kind of thing.


thanks everyone!
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Old Yesterday, 10:42 PM
 
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Our deck was pretreated Wood and it’s about 15 years old. Totally infested with carpenter ants. Tore it down and making a new deck. Good thing you are calling the exterminator.
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Old Today, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I'd call a professional before I'd put anything poisonous in a dishwasher.
Borax is fine. It is found in laundry detergent. It has practically no toxicity to vertebrates.
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Old Today, 08:55 AM
 
Location: BBC
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They're not going after any food though. My garbage pail isn't far from there and I never see them near it. The ants all disappear behind the cabinets or wander around like they're lost and don't know where to go.
That's the wondrous part about this recipe, they come get it, bring it back to the colony, and bam, it's over for all.
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