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Old 08-01-2011, 08:01 PM   #21
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1st time ever I had an invasion of sugar ants on the kitchen counter just recently. Not tons but dozens. I bought some ant bait, it contains boric acid which is toxic to ants. I put a few drops on waxed paper and it took a while, initially they ignored it. But once a few started to eat it a lot started to and I stopped killing them hoping they'd take it back to the nest and it'd kill the nest. The darned stuff would dry up in about 5 or 6 hours so it was only partially effective over night. A few days passed and I saw no less ants, just ants eating this stuff. Then about 3 or 4 days after I put it out nothing. I waited 2 days and still nothing. I declared victory. Then a day later i saw 3 or 4. GRRRRRRRRRRRR. I put out more bait and saw 1 or 2 eating it. It's been several days and I have not seen an ant since. Very effective stuff.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:25 PM   #22
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1st time ever I had an invasion of sugar ants on the kitchen counter just recently. Not tons but dozens. I bought some ant bait, it contains boric acid which is toxic to ants. I put a few drops on waxed paper and it took a while, initially they ignored it. But once a few started to eat it a lot started to and I stopped killing them hoping they'd take it back to the nest and it'd kill the nest. The darned stuff would dry up in about 5 or 6 hours so it was only partially effective over night. A few days passed and I saw no less ants, just ants eating this stuff. Then about 3 or 4 days after I put it out nothing. I waited 2 days and still nothing. I declared victory. Then a day later i saw 3 or 4. GRRRRRRRRRRRR. I put out more bait and saw 1 or 2 eating it. It's been several days and I have not seen an ant since. Very effective stuff.
I agree that it works well to get rid of the ants. The hardest part for me is letting them crawl around the counters for a few days until they drink the kool-aid and take it back to the nest. My first inclination is to kill all the ants I can see, but then the bait wouldn't work at all.
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I know it was very hard to watch them crawling on the counter and wall but they stayed in a very small area. I washed the counter and wall with antibacterial cleaner. Creepy knowing that is where i prep food.
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I went to Menard's today and happen to find the Terro Liquid Ant Killer on clearance for $1.50 (Amazon price is 4X higher at $5,99!). At that price, I figured I'd get some. I put out 3 drops, one on the far end of the house, 2 at opposite ends of the garage door. No hits near the garage, but attracting some hits at the other spot. I've been gradually caulking any small gaps, and placing screens in all my air vents as I paint the outside of the house and have noticed that I've been cutting off their convenient exit areas and I've seen a couple of ants indoors. Hoping this will finally do the trick to get rid of the ants.
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Progress report: somewhere around 2 wks after Terro. Trail of ants attracted
down ledge to trap and numbers increased greatly shortly thereafter. Numbers dwindled down greatly thereafter but not to zero.....could usually find 1 or 2 running back and forth on ledge. Attracted them again down to trap and now now there is a secondary peak, significant but not as large as initial surge. I sure hope this is Nord's theory of another nest coming in and not the original nest developing into super ants.
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