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    Re: Ant problems

    I read they came from south east Asia on a ship carrying food. Here in NJ,they are all over in the spring and summer..in Fall they go away I guess for the winter,but show up if the temp goes over like 45-50.
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    Re: Ant problems

    Terro is actually more of a liquid than a gel, but they also make bait traps. It's basically Borax mixed with some kind of sweet syrupy stuff. You could probably make it yourself but would have to research how much Borax to use. The mfr. claims it's not toxic to people or pets, but I'd check that a million different places and err on the side of caution!

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    Re: Ant problems

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    I read they came from south east Asia on a ship carrying food. Here in NJ,they are all over in the spring and summer..in Fall they go away I guess for the winter,but show up if the temp goes over like 45-50.
    I think ours go dormant during the winter but if we get a few days of warm later in winter they show up then vanish again. Yet by late Feb to mid March they start to show up in force and will be a pain all late Spring & Summer with a scattering presence into early Fall. Can't even say they are nocturnal only or daylight only as they seem to show up whenever. Can't just squash them though sometimes you can catch them to at least get them out of the house.

    No natural enemies here that I am aware of as even the birds don't seem to eat them around here.
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    I am really surprised crows don't eat them,crows will eat ANYTHING!
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    Re: Ant problems

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    I am really surprised crows don't eat them,crows will eat ANYTHING!
    Haven't seen them eat the stink bugs or those pesky Japanese Beetles. We have a number of fruit tree's in our yard and the beetles get those a lot even if we spray them. Still trying to figure out what might work on each of them.
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    Re: Ant problems

    We put borax all along the window sills where they are apt to come in. They never cross the line.
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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I definitely am going to take the advice and hopefully these buggers will go away.
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    Re: Ant problems

    If your ant problems are carpenter ants the diatomacious earth will kill the nest quickly and it is safe around animals that are not insects. For sugar ants there are two baits that work well and both contain borax (boric acid). It is mixed with sugar syrup or peanut butter. If the ants are after protein the peanut butter mix works well and if they are after sugar then the sugar and borax works well. You can make your own with recipes found all over the net but you have to really mix the boric acid into the other ingredient very well or the ants will eat around the borax and it is just another food source.
    Carpenter ants live in the wood structure of your home boring holes in the framework of a building causing structural damage.
    Sugar ants are smaller which is why the diatomacious earth is not as effective on them and they live in the insulation in your home or in underground nests around your home. If you find a nest you can force them to move by pouring boiling water on the nest after sunset when all the ants are home. It takes a lot of boiling water so use a large pot to boil the water. This will kill most of the ants but some will survive and they will move the nest - maybe into your house so be sure to use something to protect your home before you destroy the nest. "Home Defense" is a good product that will last a year in dry conditions but if you live in rainy or humid areas then you will have to reapply after it rains or up to every month in humid weather. Caulking any cracks between doors, windows and the house and any gaps between counters and walls will help keep the sugar ants out. Using products like "Pledge" will keep the ants away indoors and it is safe for your pets. If you use vinegar to clean with be aware that vinegar is a sugar product and after it dries it will actually attract sugar ants. A spray bottle of vinegar will kill the ants on contact and it is safe for most pets (not sure about fish or birds). Spraying insects (ants, bees, wasps, and spiders) with "Pledge" will kill them at once. It suffocates them by coating their bodies with wax.
    These are things I have used and have worked for me. I had to adjust the amount of boric acid in the baits to make it effective but it is very good.

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