[Chat] ants in the village
Stephen J Gewirtz
gewirtz at bellatlantic.net
Mon Jun 6 09:08:46 EDT 2005
I had the problem a few years ago. The first time, I found the anthill
and poured lots of boiling water on it. That got rid of the ants that
year (but I have since read that it is very damaging to the soil).
When the ants came back the next year, boiling water did not work. But
I bought some Combat ant traps that were designed to go outside (with
plastic stakes). That got rid of the ants that year.
They came back again another year, and I found the anthill next door
(while my neighbor was out of the country), and I put Combat in her yard
and got rid of the ants.
Since then, I have not seen Combat outdoor ant traps (I forget what was
on the label, but they came in a pack of 12 traps) at Giant, but
recently I saw an ad on tv for another brand of the same thing. So I
would suggest getting that. I do not know whether you will find them
at Giant or Safeway or whether you will have to go to a hardware store.
By the way, one problem with using chemicals including those contained
in ant traps is that eventually the target of the chemicals will evolve
a resistance to them. Years ago, I got rid of mice using bait
containing warfarin; later on, I got mice that thrived on warfarin, and
I had to get another bait.
I just saw Christine's post. I have not found boric acid effective, but
if you use it, you really have to keep it dry, and I may not have been
as good at that as she has undoubtedly been.
John Spurrier wrote:
> Is anyone experiencing a problem with ants this spring? For the first
> time in 17 years ants have appeared in my kitchen. I understand from
> conversations with neighbors at the Festival that the
> problem may be widespread. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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