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Old 08-20-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Hi we are dealing with the ants, ants, ants any advice I went to my car yesterday and had piles of ants in it. I noticed streams of ants down my sidewalk and deck daily. What can we do. A few have made their way into the house. We have a puppy so what can we do ? We have tried terro the ants eat it up like nothing any advice on how to get rid of this pesky problem. We are tired of these ants.

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Completely clean out and vacuum out your car.

You can use stuff like Home Defense (from Walmar) and spray along the paths/cracks where they are running.

If you can find the hive/mound boiling water should kill them.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:00 AM
 
Location: NE CT
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Mix a teaspoon of Borax soap powder with a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter and a dash of honey. Place it a few small shallow feeding cups where you dog can't get at it but along the ant trail somewhere. They will eat it, take it back to the colony, and your ant problem will be history.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Are you talking about sugar ants?
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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I agree with Brien51. I don't even bother with the peanut butter. I just take a cotton ball, wet it, and then roll it in Borox and place the little Boroxed cotton balls in strategic places the ants congregate. It's true -- at first you're seeing them, and then "poof," suddenly they're gone!

I even do it as a preventative and sometimes just sprinkle Borox around the edges of the house. I discovered that the main ingredient in ant traps is a Borox-type ingredient. So, I went out and bought a big box of Borox for cheap, have my little cotton balls (it's easier than trying to just grab the granules) and set them behind potted plants, at the edge of the sidewalk -- anyplace where I might see ants. It's amazing that such a cheap thing works! Give it about a week, though -- it doesn't happen in one day. But it is effective!

Good luck!
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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Someone also told me cinnamon . Has anyone tried it. Is Borax like a detergent what department will I find it in.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Keep the puppy away from it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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Absolutely right, nikip, it IS in the detergent section. In my Safeway, it was on the bottom, kind of out of the way. I had to ask for it because I couldn't find it at first. But there it was! I had done some research looking for inexpensive ant remedies, and discovered the Borox. I was skeptical but I tried it. And I'll be darned, it worked! Now I tell people to not waste their money on little ant traps, when one box of Borox will probably last years!

As for pets, I suppose you could try putting some mesh around it and maybe making your own "traps" by tacking them to a wall or piece of wood -- I have cats, but haven't had a problem with them.

Good luck trying it out!
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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OK I got Borax what do I do we have many many trails of ants coming from a drainage ditch by my home any ideals how I use it in the house and out side to stop these ants. Thanks so much.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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It sounds like the rain moved some loose soil matter into the drainage ditch and the ants have a new place to set up home. Now that the rain has decreased significantly, they are looking for food and moisture for the queen.

Seriously, if you want the ants to stay out of your home, get Ortho Home Defense and spray the outside perimeter of your house and let it dry before your dog goes outside. Then put the pooch outside and spray all entry points to your home inside. The ants hate that stuff.
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