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Posted by steve on 15:15:55 5/24/2008 from 68.84.40.146:

hello,
i found your site and liked your honesty and would appreciate your advice.

i live in NE philadelphia and the ants in the picture [ http://homepage.mac.com/dcoopie/.Pictures/ants1.jpg ] have invaded my kitchen. they are about 4mm long not including antenna. they are emerging from beneath the wall panel in the kitchen. i found 2 entry points outside my home.

the first entry point is 1 story below the kitchen-- there is a 3 foot, 1/16- 1/8" vertical stress crack in the foundation. i found ants coming and going in this crack. the interior side of this crack in the laundry room has paneling so i cannot see what is happening there. outside i baited them with terro liquid ant killer trays in the grass about 3 inches from this crack. 48hrs later and i don't see any more ants in the crack and the bait has a few dozen dead ants in it, (despite it being a slow bait i am not sure why they died in there) and still fairly active with ants coming and going to the bait.

the good news is, back in my kitchen, about 10 feet up from the crack, the steady ant flow appear to be stopped or slowing, with one who appeared and then seems to be paralyzed, and just a few other still lively ones, peeking their heads out from behind the paneling, and quickly disappearing.

the second entry point is in the backyard, 1/4 inch from the door frame at the bottom. in the cement there, is a small gap, with ants continually entering my home there. i placed another bait only 1" from this ant entryway to my home, as well as 2 more baits 10 feet away along the concrete foundation of the house because I noticed a train of ants along the foundation 1" from the ground forming the end of the ant train. 48hrs later and this bait try is not full of dead ants like the one on the side of the house, but there is still a definite improvement. the ant lines have thinned out probably 15% of what there was, but there are still stragglers on the path and what concerns me is that there are still ants entering my home, and some ants now seem to ignore the bait. i was planning to wait it out a while more and see if i can get the trail into my home stop completely.

also, i had put down another liquid bait trap out back hoping to draw the ants away from entering the rear of my home, and was surprised 24h later to find a totally different species/ light brown/gold color ant coming to the bait. vs. the dark brown/black ants entering my home. i did notice that in general, my sidewalk cracks and lawn (mostly dead grass and weeds) seems to have many ants all over.

so...sorry fot the long windedness...but am i on the basic right track? i purposely didn't put any bait inside my home...

what is the proper distance to put the bait traps next to your home? i was concerned that i could be attracting new ants to the bait so close to the entry crack.

at what point should i concentrate on sealing up the cracks? should i then spray the cracks with repellent? i wanted to wait until no more ant traffic was coming or going, and then use maybe that orange foam to plug up the cracks and spray on some type of repellant. i don't think i want to fill up the cracks or do any repellent when there are still live ants inside, right?

if the ants are getting picky about the bait, since the terro worked pretty well, i was thinking about making different homemade baits like peanut butter or molasses laced with the same ingredients. it says 5% borax. i also read that boric acid bight be good? is this a good idea?

thank you much for any advice.
steve



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