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Old 04-14-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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Ants have made their annual visit to my kitchen this week. Last year a drop of Terro on cardboard was all it took for them to carry it back to their outside home and not be on my kitchen counter. This year they are ignoring the Terro. Nearly a full bottle is left from last year, so apparently it loses power over time. I've added powered sugar to the Terro, so maybe that will do it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:46 PM
 
Location: NC
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Until you can stop them coming in your kitchen, keep a small squirt bottle of water with 1/2 teaspoon of dish liquid mixed in. It doesn't have to be exact. Squirt it on them and they die almost instantly.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:30 PM
 
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Ants have their own house they don't need to be in mine.

Apparently I thought differently when I was a kid...I was informed that I liked to go sit on the red ant pile at my grandparents house and play with them. However my grandmother didn't think that was very safe and doused them with boiling water.
It must of been sad seeing your grandmother do away with your pals. I think she was afraid you were going to be bitten by the red ants. I liked playing with ants, too, back in the day! Now, if I see one crawling on me I am disgusted.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Ya I guess its part of nature to find a safe place to hold up (I dont think they mean any harm)
No, they don't mean any harm. They're just doing what ants do - looking for food to take back to the colony.

The problem is, that ant who's crawling on my food right now was crawling around in the garbage can 10 minutes ago, and that presents a health risk to me and my wife. Now, granted, it's a pretty small ant, so it's a pretty small health risk - but it's still more risk than I care to accept.

His intentions are irrelevant. I'm going to kill him, and every one of his friends. Nothing personal; the world's just a tough place to be an ant.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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Since we are talking about ants here, I want to say that they are very organized "animals." I once visited a museum and they had an ant farm with the worker ants going back and forth doing their job of carrying sticks or what looked like sticks, maybe it was food. I did notice that some ants carried heavier loads while other ants were slacking off and getting by with tiny bits. I was wondering at the time why some ants are motivated to carry heavier ones while other ants carried smaller ones and had an easier time and probably an easier life. What did the ants that carried heavier loads get for doing that?
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:19 PM
 
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I also find them to be fascinating and we usually left them alone. However, carpenter ants can do
some damage to homes (and there was a time when they were everywhere in the house) and I can
understand the problem with fire ants (not in our area).
It is unfortunate when natural habitats are invaded with bulldozers in order to build new subdivisions
or commercial properties. It not only affects insects but other animals as well.
btw, I even go so far as to pick up worms on the sidewalk and put them back on grass or soil
as well as certain insects and take them back outside.
Ha ha! Another soul mate! I also save worms from drying out or drowning. My one motto is "There but for the grace of God go I". Who knows, I could have been a worm (or ant) instead of me and I would be grateful if someone cared.
When they were going to build in the woods the kids and I would go in and pull out all the markers. (Shhh. Don't tell anyone) Didn't stop them (myself and neighbors fought against the development for many years but money prevails) but did help delay it some when we lost the fight. My son was in there taking out all the turtles he could find. The deer were displaced. The raccoons had no home left. It was very sad. But this is greed and progress. Sometimes I think I live in the wrong world.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:59 PM
 
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His intentions are irrelevant. I'm going to kill him, and every one of his friends.
Ah man!!
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:38 PM
 
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Well... if it helps any, I promise not to enjoy it!
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:11 AM
 
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to J5K5LY.
Found this site - even though it's in England, there are others like us out there.

Why are earthworms important?

and why ants are important
Ant Blog: Search Results
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:12 PM
 
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to J5K5LY.
Found this site - even though it's in England, there are others like us out there.

Why are earthworms important?

and why ants are important
Ant Blog: Search Results

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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