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Old 05-11-2011, 04:31 PM
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Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Default Fire Ants in Upstairs Bedrooms

This is so bizarre--but I have killed about 10 fire ants in both of my girls' bedrooms in the past week and a half. Their bedrooms are upstairs and our house is about 7 years old.

Where in the heck are they coming from? I've checked the seals on the windows and all is good. Do you think maybe the electric outlets? I am kinda freakin' out here! I guess it's time to call out the cavalry...er, professionals?
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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They come out of the electrical outlets. I think it's because of the drought. We've never seen fire ants indoors until now.

My daughter's seriously allergic to them. Not fun.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yep. They're looking from water. They'll find any hole, even if you can't see it. Get a good quarterly pest guy.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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I hate fire ants, but that's really sad. We sure do need rain.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:01 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Few tips here:
Kill Fire Ants
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Boric acid is a relatively safe way to kill them. The stuff isn't safe to eat, but it's less toxic than poison. It kills them by being acidic-- they get it on their legs, then lick it off, and it messes up their stomach chemistry.

Professionals will spray bad stuff like neurotoxins.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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More and more people are telling me to use cornmeal and my mom swears by it. Evidently they cant digest it or something and die of starvation.
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:06 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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More tips: http://fireant.tamu.edu/materials/factsheets_pubs/pdf/fapfs024_2002rev.pdf (broken link)
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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I highly recommend Ortho Home Defense. You only have to treat your home twice a year. Spray inside along the baseboards in all rooms, then outside where your slab meets the house. Make sure you put the pets outside when you are spraying inside... it takes about 10 minutes or so to dry.

I can't remember a bug that didn't hate the stuff, even in a drought.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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What do any of you do when there are ants coming in from the electrical outlets?

I'm a mite leery of spraying ant killer in the outlets. is there some powder I can sprinkle in the wall after I take the wall plate off?

I'd like to take a blow torch to the little SOB's but.....

I also just found them in my pantry (sugar ants) so I emptied everything out and sprayed ant killer in every crevice and nook and the next day put the boxes and stuff that didn't have ants back in.

I've lived in SA for close to 40 years now and if I have to say one bad thing about my city, it's the constant ant wars and dripping faucets...
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