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Be careful of plants growing up next to your house. They can make an easy entry for ants/pests to enter your home.

I had recently noticed some "dead" blank ants on the window sills. Some of the plants/trees limbs are touching our house and those little buggers are having a field day tracking right across the eaves.

Here is just one of the plants called a white bird of paradise. I planted it to add some privacy to the side yard. It has grown right over the roof.


~Like sands through the hourglass
~So are the days of our lives


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Here is the Jolly Green Jasmine next to it. These plants are on the chopping block ASAP.


~Like sands through the hourglass
~So are the days of our lives


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better than ants in the pants.

sorry.. i couldn't resist.
 
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Big Grin LOL


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Posts: 7836 | Location: Black Creek, WI Zone 5 | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Ants can find ways into your house even if there are no plants growing nearby.


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Posts: 8166 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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...but a shame as those are beautiful plants. The little bad squirrels jump from small trees next to my house to roof & then moved into attic!
Some nurseries around here will move large shrubs/& even trees for you for a price or perhaps just let someone professional find the nest & wipe that out before any drastic measures?


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There is no good reason to move, or remove, plants simply because of some ants climbing around on them and there is no good reason to kill ants in the yard. Squirrels romp around on my house roof all the time even with no trees or shrubs for them to climb up there.
There may be other reasons to remove those trees or shrubs but ants, squirrels, etc. are not good ones.If they are a problem in the house find out why and take steps to exclude them from the house short of destroying things that generate oxygen for us to breath, and help sequester Carbon Diixide to help fight glabal warming.


The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.
 
Posts: 8166 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I agree with Kimm. I have a large Arborvite tree right next to my DD's window. We never have ants. I think they are coming in for another reason. That said, I think those trees and beautiful but a little too large. The Arborvite tree (shrub?) we have by the house grows very tall. We trim it down every year because we don't want it touching the roof of our house or even the siding.
I think your pretty trees should have been trimmed periodically. Trim them now and don't worry too much about the ants. (if the ants are inside, you have to find out where they are coming in from!) I love that tropical tree!


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Posts: 453 | Location: "The Garden State" ~ N.J. | Registered: Jul 13, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I know this is going to sound weird, but we've been living here for 9 years and only in the past two years have we had the "circle of ants".

No matter what I do they keep at it, take detours and keep marching on. This starts in the front courtyard at the base of the slab, continues all round the side, middle courtyard, addition, back slab, other side, through the dogs yard and round back up to the front again. A total of 650ft. around. What the he11 are they doing? Oh and I never see any IN the house. Confused

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Posts: 7445 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: Feb 12, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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zone9, they are looking to locate the main mound under something cool & moist...like the slab or other concrete. They are just building a lot of different exit/entrance tunnels to the main mound (well below ground) all around it.

And I had to go to our extension office a few years back to have them explain that to me!

That was when I learned that the fire ant mounds could be up to 20' deep and have numerous exit/entrances and when we treat those, they just build a new one close by.

Your recent flood waters could be causing some of it too...wanting to stay safely far enough away from those.


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Posts: 4900 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thanks Everyone!

No worries the over grown plants will be put on a regular maintenance trim and not removed from the planters.

Of course, it's another example of knowing the mature size of plants when choosing them for the garden.


~Like sands through the hourglass
~So are the days of our lives
 
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This is the 2nd year im being troubled with ants and yet i have lived in my home for 14 years we did have some large trees removed last year and right after that had invasion of ants now here we are again our 2nd Spring and voila little black ants (last year they were LARGE black ants)they are in my kitchen Frown as they were last year I need to know what natural item can i use to kill them/deter them yet safe in my kitchen ??? I bought diff products last year and didnt use any of them because i presumed they had chemicals which they said would be taken back to the nest ..... well if the nest is in my cupboards dont want poison in there! I have baking soda sprinkled around doesnt seem to help ! This is an old house could be numerous sites they were entering ... Frown thank u for any help : )
 
Posts: 20 | Location: Rio Grande N.J. | Registered: Jun 07, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Glad I popped over here today. I have found cinnamon to be a surprisingly good ant deterrent. Both last fall and this spring, we had small ants coming in around our sliding glass doors and through where the cable for the TV service came through the wall. I had read about using cinnamon so I tried it. I just sprinkled it around the entry areas and swept it in lightly with a broom to spread it into all the cracks and spaces. It's worked for me both times. Plus because I used straight cinnamon with no sugar added, my dogs didn't try to eat the cinnamon either.

I even sprinkled a little cinnamon in a container plant with ants once. The plant didn't do so well but I'm thinking that may have been from it staying too wet over our damp winter and not from the cinnamon sprinkled on the soil but I'm not sure. So you might want to use caution but try cinnamon if you have ants in a plant container or even a plant on the ground.

You can also sometimes flood ants out of a plant if you can do so without drowning the plant. I saved one of DGM's in ground Phlox by flooding out a fire ant mound from the middle of it. From what Karen said, I probably only made them move their entrance from around her plant but it saved the plant. I just kept pouring on water from the hose a couple of different times and they moved away.


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Posts: 4368 | Location: E Cent. GA, Zone 8 | Registered: Apr 22, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Luv R Pups Thank u sooooo much for your reply i will try the cinnamon !!!!! : )
 
Posts: 20 | Location: Rio Grande N.J. | Registered: Jun 07, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The ants came back again as soon as it warmed up. I don't have any trees close to the house, but I sure do have ants. As long as they stay outside it's okay with me.

Mine like to hang out in the bases of the EE's for some reason.


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I read to sprinkle fine grain Borax or talcum powder around might work. It clogs the breathing pores and they suffocate.

Also,to cover a hole with Vaseline - not sure what that means. Smile

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Posts: 4582 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: Dec 01, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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well ive done the natural killers/deterrant for ants >> baking soda and cinnamom (baking soda took alittle time last year but eventually worked,,they didnt like it) this year with a smaller different species of ant the baking soda nor the cinnamon worked i was going crazy !! I had to pull out the High artillery (which i didnt want to) i usd Raid Ant gel was suppose to kill them in hours well they picnicked for hours and were still alive i have to admit dont see so much now but they are still in my kitchen im at a lose and DONT know what to do ????? any thing else natural as i really dont want chemicals in my kitchen in case they walk on sink counters dishes ... ugh !!! any ideas please : )
 
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I read somewhere to put down oatmeal!! Not flavored. It said they eat it and its expands in their tummy and kills them. Don't know if it will work sounds crazy but sounds like it wouldnt hurt to try it. Good luck.


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Thank you at this point im ready to try any thing : )
 
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I also saw this:

By the door: draw a line on the floor with chalk
 
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I used a natural ant killer that I think was only borax and sugar which I put in oyster shells near the ant hills. They were supposed to take it back to their nest but many drowned in it. I kept replacing it until there were no more ants. I also use diatomaceous earth both around ant hills and around my house as we have carpenter ants as well as smaller ones here. I vigorously attack the ant hills in my house yard so they stay away from my house. I have a large acreage so they can stay out there!


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Posts: 12742 | Location: north of 50 in Canada zone3b | Registered: Feb 08, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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well these ants are making me crazy, 1 minute their here and next their not ! so I am sooooo happy about that .. but it wasn't easy I had tried everything and nothing was working its like a real cartoon jus the way they all marched IN they all jus marched back OUT again... so to any one battling their is HOPE !! I did it all Baking Soda,Cinnamon, Baby powder actual ant gel poison(I was getting desperate) at 1st none was working til one day they were gone : )
 
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Staten Island is infested with ants. Have tried all the natural remedies but nothing worked. Last year they were coming in where the new windows hadn't been caulked properly. There wa a whole parade of them. I put the ant gel on the window sill and they had a feast. .Its really hard to sit still and watch them just keep coming and coming, but eventually they stopped. This year I just have a few that magically appear out of no where on the counters and the bathroom floor. Windex works well when you just want to kill the ones you see. Won't put the ant gel down unless I see a whole bunch of them in parade formation. And I have NO plants near my house.
 
Posts: 3441 | Location: Staten Island, NY , USA | Registered: Sep 24, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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yes NYlady they were having a picnic on the gel there were soooooo many I told my daughter I think were enticing them in I eventually took the gel away and cleaned up the area. cuz if I was inviting them in I wuld have never gotten rid of them all I was getting discouraged because the gel said killed in hours well they were picnicking for more than hours ! but I also had the other home remedies down so still don't know what actually drove them out and not quite sure where they came in (took care of where they may have) but I live in an old house if they want in they will get in ! Jus glad their gone now when I see them OUTSIDE don't care I want them out there not inside : )
 
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Try this website: www.gotantsgetserious.org. Ant-free WITHOUT spray...get S.E.R.I.O.U.S. about ant control!
S- Spot where the ants are coming in
E - Eliminate crumbs, messes & spills
R - Rinse ants away with soap & water
I - Isolate food & water sources
O - Obstruct entryways & seal cracks
U - Use baits if ants don't go away
S - Stick to it to keep ants away
Much more on how to do these SERIOUS steps at www.gotantsgetserious.org. The site was put together by ant, toxics, and environmental specialists at public agencies in California. We tried to bring all the best ant info onto one site. Check it out and post questions or feedback at the Got Ants facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/safer.ant.control.
 
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Reported!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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