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Old 01-21-2007, 11:14 AM
 
Location: NJ but moving to FL
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Hi, I am moving to Palm Bay next month - it is a very big move as I have lived in Jersey my whole life - all of my family and life is here - however my daughter needs to consteadly see a Special Dr there and I can not afford the trips down there any longer. Can someone tell me about the ant problems I saw tons of hugh ant hills when looking for housing I have never seen hills so big and so many of them. I also have heard that roachs are a big problem ... I am going to be renting a home near Hooper ave. any suggestions? I really would love some input ..

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Old 01-21-2007, 11:16 AM
 
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Hi, I am moving to Palm Bay next month - it is a very big move as I have lived in Jersey my whole life - all of my family and life is here - however my daughter needs to consteadly see a Special Dr there and I can not afford the trips down there any longer. Can someone tell me about the ant problems I saw tons of hugh ant hills when looking for housing I have never seen hills so big and so many of them. I also have heard that roachs are a big problem ... I am going to be renting a home near Hooper ave. any suggestions? I really would love some input ..

peacebluegrace
Red ants are all over Florida. You can treat the ground but they just move for a week or two.
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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Hi, I am moving to Palm Bay next month - it is a very big move as I have lived in Jersey my whole life - all of my family and life is here - however my daughter needs to consteadly see a Special Dr there and I can not afford the trips down there any longer. Can someone tell me about the ant problems I saw tons of hugh ant hills when looking for housing I have never seen hills so big and so many of them. I also have heard that roachs are a big problem ... I am going to be renting a home near Hooper ave. any suggestions? I really would love some input ..

peacebluegrace
peacebluegrace--We treat our lawn several times a year. It's not that expensive and it doesn't take long to do. I've lived in Florida 2 1/2 years and I've seen about 3 roaches in my home. When we first moved in and when we came back from a long trip. I keep roach traps hidden under furniture just to be safe and I don't have a problem. Biggest problem I've had is sugar ants (teeny tiny ants.) There is a product called Terro Ant Killer. Use it regularly and, again, no problem. I was worried about insects also, but it really isn't an issue for me now that I'm living down here.
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Old 01-21-2007, 06:21 PM
 
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You need to treat inside the walls. Tha is the higway where roaches travel. Open up the electircal outlets and sqeeze stuff (home depot) along edge of inside of plate.
The roachmotels are good, but i just do not want to even see them DEAD! They freak me out and I am a native. Yes, treat the lawn and perimeter of house. And as always, just be careful with all those chemicals.
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:05 AM
 
Location: NJ but moving to FL
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Hi, I am moving to Palm Bay next month - it is a very big move as I have lived in Jersey my whole life - all of my family and life is here - however my daughter needs to consteadly see a Special Dr there and I can not afford the trips down there any longer. Can someone tell me about the ant problems I saw tons of hugh ant hills when looking for housing I have never seen hills so big and so many of them. I also have heard that roachs are a big problem ... I am going to be renting a home near Hooper ave. any suggestions? I really would love some input ..

peacebluegrace
Thanks so much for the info

I am hoping someone can give me help in knowing what the difference in costs are between city water and not city water? I see something on the rentals that also mention private wells? Our moving date is Feb.27th and I am getting very nervous about it. I wish I knew more about the different street areas. Thanks again
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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Hi Peace, I currently live in TN, but I lived in the Melbourne/Palm bay area for 20 some years. Most of Palm Bay is residentail and most of the crime comes from young kids although there have been some home invasions. It is a nice area with new schools.
The ants are something you have to get use to, but are easily avoided as you can see their mounds. And it is true that if you treat your lawn they usually move next door until your neighbor treats their lawn.
As for city water and well water. The cost of city water has gone up, and although you can usually taste the bleach after they treat it monthly. It's a lot better than well water (YUK!).
I do miss FL, but I probably won't return. It's just not the same.
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:22 PM
 
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Well water on the coast is less than desirable, but easily remedied by having either a deep well or a filtration system if you have a shallow well.

You can also treat ant mounds by pouring vinegar on them, but a word of warning, this will kill the grass as well. You can also pour uncooked grits on the mounds. The ants eat the grits, their stomachs blow up, and they die. This method won't work if the grits get wet though.
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