The first ant problem I ever had was last year at this time. They drove me nearly insane! I tried two brands of ant baits and boric acid powder. None worked. I never could identify the entry point or nest area, so I couldn't target those specifically. Well, they finally just left on their own when they felt good and ready. grrrr
They came back last week. ARGHHH A few months ago, I read a Yahoo article about natural pest control methods. One tip said to use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water to spray on surfaces where ants are seen. I did that immediately after I saw the first swarm, and repeated it again the next two days, several times each day. After misting the area, I let it dry naturally so the faint vinegar scent remained. I haven't seen any ants since. Seriously! I can't believe it was this easy.
Just wanted to share an effective, cheap, and environmentally safe method of ant control in case anyone needs it.This message has been edited. Last edited by: nettiejay,
I keep all the hints I want to remember on my NOTEPAD (on computer) and have different headings (titles) like cleaning tips, cooking tips from HGTV etc. IT WORKS! Saves paper and memory slots in my brain that is getting less and less and I get older and older!! LOL
Posts: 1708 | Location: Allentown PA USA | Registered: Oct 03, 2002
If you have marble counters, windowsills, or floors, there is a risk of etching stains from using vinegar (or other acids) on marble. It was only today, when I started routinely cleaning the windowsill that was sprayed, that I noticed dull spots where the droplets of vinegar sat. I'm okay with it, because the sill is 43 years old and shows it anyway. There are a number of dings and stains that I just cover with plants and knick-knacks. I don't mind a few more scars if it means so easily keeping ants away.
I probably would mind if I had marble counters and they were damaged, however. Thus, in good conscience, I hereby issue this warning.
We've had rain...8 inches a couple of weeks ago. 3-4 inches last Saturday. The ants are running RAMPANT! Saturday before the rain I found them at the garage back door (at the base of the slab and in the facing/wall) and back corner of the screen room...so poisoned them. Then the 3-4 inch rain hit, but both those spots still look okay...guess the rain washed the poison down in the beds.
While cleaning the pool skimmer I noticed a small bed beside the house slab under a bathroom window. I saw a few ants on the brick. For some reason I took the pool skimmer/lid hook and tapped the side of the house down close to the slab. Ants poured out of a weep hole in the mortar. I went through the house to the garage to get the poison and told husband to meet me at the skimmer end of the pool. By that time the ants were running amouk (how do you spell amuk?). He took the hook end and poked it in the weep hole and the ants just boiled out. I dusted granules over the itty bitty ant hill and sprayed bug killer in the hole. DH, PLEASE walk around the house looking for ant beds and while you're at it do the same thing with the well house and the shop...PLEASE. I'm not holding my breath.
Later I went out for photos of the sunset. I had to go get the granules again. One bed was the size of a large turkey platter. I sprinkled granules on 7-8 ant beds just in the front yard.
And we have more rain in the forecast - which we need, but it sure makes the ants restless! At this rate I may have to go buy more poison!
You want to be careful about the products you use for ants -- many are toxic for home, family, pets, and the environment. For California ants especially (the Argentine ant species, which is the big ant problem for most Californians), check out www.gotantsgetserious.org - a handy-dandy what-to-do website brought to you by your local public servants trying to let people know the most effective and least toxic ways of dealing with ants.
Posts: 3 | Location: Oakland, CA | Registered: Nov 20, 2013
Anyway, try also a steam cleaner if you have it. I have occasional ant problems (I have moved a lot during the recession - but I finally bought a house!! )
Seems like every place I lived had them prior and they come back as soon as I land. A steam cleaner seems to mess up their chemical trails/signals that they leave behind for others. I think that's why vinegar also works.
Ants are similar to Subterranean termites the only difference is ants are not prey on wood. Ants make you insane if you do not eradicate them. Instead of any powder like boric acid 'Orange oil' is better as it is liquid it can go in deep colonies of ants and stop their reproduction.
Posts: 4 | Location: 104 monmouth way ,Clifton Park, NY 12065 | Registered: Mar 07, 2014
mamaspoon, we have been getting ready for company so I have been working on the lanai. I have not seen any ants yet but I know they are there. We had our first rain in weeks the other day and night. It has been very dry here. Cold now and our pool filter has quit. Why does everything happen when company is due?
Posts: 2478 | Location: Sarasota | Registered: Jan 31, 2005
Sprinkle powdered red chili pepper, Borax or Paprika on any ant trails you see. You can apply these substances on any entry point such as cracks or holes to prevent the ants from entering your home through them.
Posts: 29 | Location: United States | Registered: Jan 20, 2014