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Old 04-05-2014, 10:50 PM
 
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Has anyone ever dealt with this- super tiny little ants? I've never seen such a small ant before- but they are suddenly in my kitchen. Not many, but I have killed about 6 of them today.

They seem to have appeared almost out of nowhere, and nothing is particularly different in my kitchen than its ever been...same level of cleanliness, same items in cupboards and counters....

If you have ever seen the tv show Infested .... well, that is my worst nightmare... so hopefully this is not a huge deal, and someone will have an idea of a good tactic to take.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:12 AM
 
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My mother had the same problem. She called them "sugar ants", although I dont know if that's the correct name. They were almost microscopic and, although she kept a very clean house, they were getting in from outside somehow. She tried borax and other non-chemical methods but it took almost a year of spraying ant killer at every possible entry place on one side of the kitchen (where the backsplash met the countertop, where the backsplash met the wall, where the sink/dishwasher pipes went into the wall, etc) to get rid of them. Good luck!
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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My mother had the same problem. She called them "sugar ants", although I dont know if that's the correct name. They were almost microscopic and, although she kept a very clean house, they were getting in from outside somehow. She tried borax and other non-chemical methods but it took almost a year of spraying ant killer at every possible entry place on one side of the kitchen (where the backsplash met the countertop, where the backsplash met the wall, where the sink/dishwasher pipes went into the wall, etc) to get rid of them. Good luck!
well that is discouraging to think it took a year... but at least they were finally gone.

This morning, I found one live one on my counter....so not an infestation yet!
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I had never seen these little ants until I moved to Florida and found them in my house. I tried a lot of methods to get rid of them, but they always came back. I finally called in an expert and he said they are called pharoah ants or ghost ants. He used some kind of bait poison which seems to be working.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Pharoah Ant Identification Resources

How to use a bait that will be carried back to the nest and wipe out the colony:

Ant Baits: A Least Toxic Control
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:12 AM
 
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I've used the "Taro" (I believe this is the proper brand name) bait stations in my house to get rid of the small ants. With these bait stations, the ants will take the poison back to their nest and spread it to other ants. This eventually kills off the entire nest.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I used to get them every spring in Ohio in the kitchen. I would just spray where I saw them, and put down a few ant cups. It was just a one time thing every year.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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I've used the "Taro" (I believe this is the proper brand name) bait stations in my house to get rid of the small ants. With these bait stations, the ants will take the poison back to their nest and spread it to other ants. This eventually kills off the entire nest.
I bought Terro yesterday, put a couple of them out, and a few hours later, ants were swarming around them.

This morning...... no more ants!

yay!!!
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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We have these little ants in Oregon too.

The Terro stuff is the only thing I've found that really works.

A little tip, place your OUTSIDE trash can OUTSIDE in a place where they will find it.

Hopefully when you open it, it will be a nightmarish swirling black mess of billions of little ants.
Dump a whole bottle of Terro in there and let them at it.

The more ants that bring the stuff back to the nest the better chance you have of eradicating it.


My next door neighbor was plagued with these ants for years and when they did a total tear off of his roof during some remodeling, they found a HUGE colony in the attic.
He had to call the pro exterminators in to get rid of them.


BTW even though they are small they will bite.
I was cleaning off counters one day and some got in under my sweatshirt cuffs and around my waistline.
All I did was lean up against the counter while doing dishes.
I didn't even see any ants around.
Before I knew it I had about a dozen little bites that drove me crazy for a few days.


I HATE them little things.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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We got them. We called the exterminator. Problem solved.
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