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Old 05-31-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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When people say "sugar ants" they're most likely refering to Odorous House Ants, which are easy to identify because the smell like rotten coconut when you squish them.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Gee, I've never tried that.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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If you notice them coming in by sliding doors and the like, spread pepper liberally across the threshold and along the base of the walls. Ants hate pepper and it makes a pretty effective barrier. Also, as stated earlier, keep counters clean and food sealed to avoid attracting them.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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if you have bark-mulch within twenty feet of your place you will get them in western oregon..they will be there for two weeks and be gone...dont waste money on pesticides and voodoo bs to keep them out.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I say as soon as possible, because it's been my consistent experience that once a place has them, they never go away. Their nests tend to be inside the walls and in the foundation of the buildings, so insecticides and such don't really work. They can kill a lot of the colony, but rarely get to the Queen.

I've heard of a couple of people purchasing lizards and letting them free roam, but that is highly recommended against in general.
Yes they can. Whatever extermination process my former landlord used got rid of them when there was an infestation. All the neighbors were also careful not to leave out anything that might have attracted more.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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When I took a camper-van trip in AU it looked like the ants traveled in rank. A local told me to scatter talcum powder where they travel. It worked. Whether it's pepper or talcum powder ants hate it on their feet.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Beaverton
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Carpenter ants (skinny, but about the size of a common house fly) are destructive but rarely infest homes/apartments unless they are looking for a nest.

Sugar ants (tiny, like the size of 3-4 spots of pepper) on the other hand will swarm and eat any food left behind, they especially love meat... nearly impossible to get rid of them, the best you can hope for is to keep your apartment extremely clean and keep your food in giant zip-locks until the cold weather comes back.

Neither one is dangerous, though sugar ants have been known to bite on rare occasion.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:49 PM
 
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Hey everyone, thanks for great tips.

They were capenter ants, just googled image. I might mention to my landlord, keeping an eye out on them for now.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Yup. PLEASE tell your landlord ASAP.
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